Please check the Manifesto version 1.2 which now includes two additional rules. Thanks to The Wiz and Bwebster for making them happen:
-The "Logistical Nightmare" test: Make the name something people have heard of before. Don't just make up a name that can be phonetically pronounced but nobody has any idea what the heck that's about.
-The "I'm Changing My Name To Salem" test: If your child will share a name with twelve of his or her classmates when school begins, beware.
These will most likely be the last two rules before the scoring system is unveiled. The last rule that I almost created was the "Moe's Tavern" test as recommended by my little bro, Tony. The Moe's Tavern test asks if the first and last names combined sound like one of the fake prank call names that Bart Simpson uses with everybody's favorite depressed, psychotic bartender. Our last name is "Sweat" (no, not "sweet", but good ol' perspiration) so our family may be hypersensitive to the Moe's test. In his comment, Tony mentioned that he briefly considered naming his son Noah, but then realized he would be subjected to a lifetime of "No Sweat" jokes.
When I first returned home from my mission I went on a date with a girl whose last name was Goates (to protect the innocent, let's say her first name was Rachel). I knew right then and there that Rachel and I had no future together, regardless of how well the date went. Just think about it. If we had ended up getting married, her full name would have been Rachel Goates Sweat. Seeing how Jay Leno has been yucking up the "Goates-Sweat"-type wedding bit for years, maybe this is more widespread than I initially assumed and there is a legit need to create to the Moe's Tavern rule.
Right now I've decided against the Moe's Tavern test because I think it falls under the general umbrella of the Mean Jay test. What do you all think? Does Moe deserve his own rule?