What a Difference a Dave Makes

What a Difference a Dave Makes

  It was a less than extraordinary Valentine’s Day. The reason being that I celebrated it with a Dave. Apparently 90% of people in Britain know a Dave. Worse still, 1/4 women have dated a Dave. So Dave is not really ‘one in a million’. There’s something about Daves. Apparently, according to research published in the Independent there are more Daves who are currently CEOs of FTSE 100 companies than the entire number of women! http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-figures-that-prove-britain-is-run-by-men-named-dave–x1AL-ujU6g. Daves even have a TV station named in their honour. The over-representation of Daves is unlikely to change soon as the same research points out than 1 in 5 people consider David as a name for their baby.  Dr Seuss hit the nail on the head in his poem ‘Too Many Daves’. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/171612 . I’m not sure why my parents-in-law chose to name their son David. It’s based on the Hebrew word for ‘friend’ or ‘beloved’. Hebrew names focus on meaning. In our own culture sounds and trends seem more important. When my daughter was born the midwife asked, ‘So will you be calling her Lauren?’ I was a little taken aback. It hadn’t occurred to me. It turned out Lauren was not the midwife’s name, it was just she had just delivered a whole clutch of baby girls whose parents confidently stated that they were naming their daughter Lauren ‘because it’s so unique!’ Originality was not always so prized.  I often wonder how my great uncle felt when, coming from a family of 16, he was the one of two brothers both named George.  Was it worse to be the first George...