Let's just get this out of the way: I'm opinionated (no sharp intakes of breath, please). Which basically means that I feel strongly about a lot of things, some of which even I freely admit are really quite stupid. It's likely that you don't share some of my opinions, and you may even feel exactly the opposite. That's fine. So disagree or debate with me, but don't get offended. Deal?
I really have a problem with "unique" or "creative" names and spellings. I've noticed it most frequently in the Mormon and African American cultures, but there are other culprits out there. It's getting out of hand. (Case in point: I recently met a (non-mormon, non-AA) boy named Georgie. His name is spelled Jorjje. I wouldn't be surprised if he accosts his parents later in life and says something to the effect of, "Mom and Dad, do you HATE me??")
I graduated from Brigham Young University, and I love my alma mater. I'm not much of a football fan, but Jay and my dad, along with other various family members, are. BYU's new head coach has done some pretty great things for the team. His name is Bronco Mendenhall. I consider it fortunate for his parents that he grew up to be a football coach. Then again, with a name like Bronco, what other professions are open to you?
Bronco and his wife, Holly, have three sons: Breaker, Raider, and Cutter (One Who Breaks, One Who Raids, and One Who Cuts, respectively). The Mendenhalls are apparently pretty confident that their boys are going to follow in their father's footsteps and have illustrious athletic careers. If they fall short, well... they can always be thugs or hit men (can you imagine a broker named Breaker? or a dentist named Cutter? or an attorney named Raider?).
As a service, because it can't be easy to come up with such unique and violent monikers, I've decided to compose a list of potential names for any future little Mendenhalls:
Tearer (alt. spelling: Terror)
Splinter (or Splinterer)
Blitzer (though maybe it sounds too much like the Reindeer?)
Invader (Vader for short)
(Jay submitted most of the football term names, including "Receiver," but I decided it didn't make the list because it wasn't violent enough)
And in case they decide they want a name more reminiscent of "Bronco":
So, if you happen to be acquainted with the Mendenhall family, please feel free to pass the list along.