She was totally angry that people kept pointing out the connection, and now refuses to discuss baby names with us.
I totally feel for her.
We named our son Toby. (Well, Tobias, but he's never called that.) When I was still working, I actually got a lot of flack for the name from several of the black people I worked with. Apparently, there's a VERY intense scene in Roots where one of the slaves was being horribly beaten to force him to change his name from whatever it was to Toby. This scene had REALLY left an impression on the people who hated the name. (I've never seen Roots, but there are names I'm sure I wouldn't pick for similar reasons!) But, like I said, -I've- never seen Roots. (And I'm sure a lot of his elementary school classmates won't have, either.) But it was very frustrating, because it was an association I simply didn't share, and that was the only thing that ruined the name for them. (Heh. Our association was to The West Wing, which is totally where he got his name from. The middle name of Joshua was coincidental, but I find it funny.)
Of course, thanks to Lost, my husband will be happy that I'm dropping the name Juliette from my campaign.
I went to school with a guy named Harry Seman. There's not much you can do with that last name, but Harry is one of the worst names you could pick, I'm sure. My sister was friends with a Ben Dover, and one of the teachers was Richard Weiner. And yes, he went by wingadingdingy. Daring man, teaching high school with that name!
I have a preference for names that are unusual, but not strange. No one raises an eyebrow at the name Toby, but when he was born the nurses told us they hadn't had a Toby in years. But they're hard to find, and even harder to agree on. ::Sigh::