Well, well, well I got some serious feedback (comments, emails, facebook, etc.) from those of you who are curious about the name we have chosen for our little lady. Well, I am sorry to announce that we are not announcing her name until after she is born (so if you already know it I thank you kindly for keeping it to yourself for a few months). However, I would like to talk about the tremendous pressure that comes with choosing a name for someone whom you haven't exactly met.
Perhaps it is better to choose before birth because I don't know if I could choose a name for someone I knew well. Actually there is one exception; I have a friend who is already named, but I truly want to call her by a different name.
When we name our animals we feel a lot of freedom to call them whatever we feel. Our animals are Ophelia Jaguar Devouring a Hare Putti W., Mia Angle Booty W., and Bumblebee Thundra Photon W. Generally we just go with it, but when it comes to naming humans we really have to consider the name as something that will follow our kid throughout their life.
We generally felt that boy names were a bit easier. We chose names (that will never be used) that were just off the center of traditional. Names that people have heard before, but not names that you hear called out regularly. We don't want our children to have to share their name with several classmates.
When it comes to naming girls we found it much more difficult to decide. We felt a lot more freedom to choose names that were a bit more creative, but we didn't want to hand out crazy names either. We don't want to stick our girls with names that are difficult to wear throughout life. When we chose Cordelia we were happy to settle on a name with lots of options. She could go by Cordelia, Delia, Cordy, Cora, Dell, Lia, etc.
With the naming of our newest family member we made a few rules:
- The name couldn't end in ia or a as we seem to have a lot of those names going on
- The name couldn't be a reference to a well-known/famous artist...we are art historians and it would just be weird.
- The name couldn't be too popular.
- We wanted a name that would be just for her and one that linked her to her family history (same as we did for Cordelia)
- We both had to love it, obviously.
We had a similar close call with Cordelia. We had one name chosen and at then decided to go in a different direction. I know my parents considered naming me Joy and Eric was nearly named Dwayne (can you imagine?!). What about you? Did you almost have a different name? How did you settle on the names of your kids or animals?