There are a couple reasons someone would choose a common name for their child. One reason to pick a common name for your child is to honor a family member. I was named after one of my dad’s war buddies. My mom asked an English professor how my name should be spelled. This is how I became Stephen, which comes from Greek and means crown. It’s common enough name, but the spelling confuses a lot of people. They call me Stefan.
And then you add my last name and you will ask me if I am a wild and crazy guy, like everyone else has for the last 40 years. And no my parents didn’t name me after him. He wasn’t famous when I was born.
Sometimes names are chosen for religious reasons. Michael is an archangel. The name is Hebrew in origin and means, “Who is like God?”
Adam is of course the name of the first man created by God in the Abrahamic faiths. Adam also comes from Hebrew and either means “to be red” believed to refer to his complexion, or means “to make”. Since God molded Adam out of earth, it is also a pun on the Hebrew word adamah which means earth.
Adam or Michael could always do what Hugh Romney did and legally change their names. After being called wavy gravy by B.B. King, Romney legally changed his name to Wavy Gravy, which comes from English and means wavy gravy. His wife Bonnie Jean Beecher legally changed her name to Jahanara Romney. Jahanara is Arabic and means queen of the universe.
When she was giving birth to their son at the Tomahawk Truck Stop, she decided to name him Tomahawk Truck Stop Romney. However, Wavy wanted to name him Howdy Do Good Gravy, because it would be a positive influence on the boy. They compromised and named him, Howdy Do Good Gravy Tomahawk Truck Stop Romney. When he turned thirteen, Howdy Do Good Gravy Tomahawk Truck Stop Romney legally changed his name to Jordan Romney. I guess he was a fan of common names.
Jeffrey Drew Wilschke didn’t like common names, so in 2011, Jeffrey became Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop.
He says that Bezow represents “the explosion of awareness of the interconnectedness of the infinite love in the universe.” Doo-doo, he said, “is the struggle of our daily lives with that awareness, that with love comes chaos.” Zopittybop-bop-bop “is the outcome of that struggle, which is often ironic, especially because all life ends in death.” 
Since changing his name he has been arrested on drug possession charges and charged with two counts of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief and malicious harassment.  
What’s in a name?
©2016 Stephen L. Martin