There have been numerous studies that have tried to examine the effect an unusual name has on an individual throughout their life. It is believed that an individual's identity is partly formed by the way we are treated by other people and that a name may influence our interactions with the world around us.
I'm all for uniqueness when it comes to naming a child. After all, no one wants to give their child a name that will be shared by three or more kids in their grade school classroom. That being said, parents still need to consider certain parameters when making a decision that will affect their child for many years to come. Case in point: the poor child incredulously named "Adolph Hitler Campbell."
Choosing a name for your child can be stressful. But I do wonder what consideration today's parents give on the long-term impact on their child, especially when they choose an obscure name. I am raising this question because I read recently that some parents have named their poor child "Hashtag." I ask you, what sort of name is that for a child?