05 November 2009

And now I don't know what to name this post

You may recall that we're very particular about baby names in our house. It is a matter of theological and historical precision and, this time around, an all new level of marital animosity. But we've reached a peaceable agreement.

Anyway, two great things happened. First, you know that thing people say about how you should think of what terrible insults other kids will make out of your kid's name? Well, we've never bothered with that. Then I was interrogated by some of the school kids of my acquaintance about the impending baby. They wanted to know what the name would be, and I told them. And a kid instantly, inspiredly opened his blessed mouth, from which sprang the perfect insultification of our boy name. It was hilarious. It was exquisitely idiotic in true kid insult fashion. It was SO OBVIOUS. It was awesome. I'm going to congratulate his mother for having raised such a fine son the next time I see her.

Then we were talking with another couple, pregnant with their first baby. We asked them if they had names, and if they were sharing. They were. Their boy name was the same fairly obscure, popularly unpopular though not prohibitively weird name of our selection. We all stood around with our mouths open. I mean, for real? You're kidding, right? Seriously, we don't know one living human with this name, and if the name trend charts are to be believed, pretty much no one else does.

The duplication doesn't bother me; I think it's a good catholic name and that people should use good catholic names, and I hope it doesn't bother them too much. And the insult doesn't bother me either because I think my kid will be able to handle it. But it's been a funny couple of weeks on the name front.

13 comments:

lisa said...

Barnabas? :)

Gauntlets said...

Wow.

You just never know. :D

Dakotapam said...

My guess is Ambrose, because I love that name...we have to come up with TWo girl names, that won't sound frivolous, trendy, and are easy to spell. Not only that, they cannot be girl names of any of the annoying girls in dh's past confirmation classes or youth groups...that narrows the field.

Have fun.

Some of our best marital spats are over naming rights. So far, the girls are Apple and Buffy...named by the five year old who was intrigues by the whole Baby A and Baby B on the ultrasound photos.

We've not broken it to him yet that there is a reason that five year old don't get to name their siblings. Otherwise his name would be Hat.

Katy said...

We've never been too secret about our name picks, but we might start.

because...

My mom (bless her heart :) and grandmother are quite upset that even though our first son was named after my father-in-law, our second won't automatically be named after my dad. I think they think it's a law. Lots of phone calls, letters, crying on their part. And I've talked to my dad about it, and he doesn't care, and is a little embarrassed by the drama.

Needless to say, our picks are my dad's parents' names, and he's pretty excited by that.

Maybe we should just name our kids after long-gone, never-met relatives...that opens the door to many unusual possibilities: "Lemon," "Lucrecia," "Vicie," "Opal"...

Rebekah said...

Hat! Lemon! :D

Hannah said...

Augustine? (Gentleman friend's favorite, but I think it would be psychologically traumatizing as a first name).

lisa said...

I'm still waiting for a little Athanasius :)
My husband thinks I'm kidding... :D

Melrose said...

My husband is set on Melchizedek Melanchthon Moses. And no, he's not kidding.

That being said, our agreement is always that the other holds veto power at all times unless the one doing the veto cannot come up with a name him/herself.

Thankfully I have a list ready and waiting :D

Untamed Shrew said...

So Mel, if it's a boy can we call him Mel-mel?

EKGaunt said...

I occasionally regret that we aren't of the mind to visit "Top 10 Baby Names for 20XX", horribly mispell name #2, and call it a done deal. Should we be blessed with any more girls, our Old Testament theme could make things tricky. By tricky I mean mild marital discord and all that. We may resort to names in a hat. Or Hat. :)

Dakotapam said...

The good thing about Hat, is it is easy to spell...and pronounce. Those are usually two of our requirements!

Katy said...

Hattie is perfectly legit!

Melrose said...

U.S.- Well you're just so hilarious aren't you? ;) perhaps maybe now my husband will see my point!

EKGaunt- we have an old test theme going in our house right now too...though if we ever get one of the female variety, I feel more inclined to name them after family or dear friends for that very reason you mentioned.