I came across all 4 of these in local newspapers one sitting in early July.
I’m sorry that he died, but if it was me I would’ve had my name changed.
I live in rural southwestern Utah. We have polygamists around here, mostly from this guy’s hometown. They can have unusual names, but the last paragraph is a doozy.
I probably shouldn’t find amusement in a baby’s name, but I heard a preschooler called by the name “Remedy” last week too, so I guess it’s a thing. Then there’s this one’s three names:
Now for a little economics. I think many people who are not economists think that if you give a person an unusual name, that this is probably not helpful to their life prospects. At a naïve correlation level, this is true. But when you dig deeper, the story becomes more nuanced. It turns out that you and I aren’t prejudiced against odd names at all (at least in terms of the measurable financial outcomes of the person with the odd name). So why do people with unusual first names have worse lifetime financial outcomes? It turns out that it’s the skill set of the parents: parents possessing fewer valuable life skills to impart to their children are more likely to choose unusual names for them. So, in some sense, the damage is done before the name is chosen. Rand Dee had the good sense to choose more reasonable names for his children than Jay Sun, Brad Lee, Camn Ron, Kenn Dell, and Fred Rick … but it may not have mattered if they stayed in Hildale.