Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Eleanor or Alice? A Tough Decision Even for the Chief Decider

The New Yorker published a profile of John Green, the author of "The Fault in Our Stars," and it has a couple of name-related tidbits.

After my post last month about Hazel (the protagonist of "TFIOS"), I was interested to learn that Green was inspired by a real-life teen named Esther — another name that deserves to be more popular.

Green and his wife Sarah have two kids: Henry, 4, and Alice, 1. (They have good taste!) Apparently they asked Obama for help naming their younger child, but he was useless.
When Sarah was pregnant with Alice, the Greens did a Google Hangout with Barack Obama, during which they asked him which name he preferred: Eleanor or Alice. The President demurred, saying, “The main thing is, tell either Eleanor or Alice not to forget to be awesome.”
I don't think I could have chosen between these names myself. (Fortunately, I was able to use them both.)