Thursday, December 20th, 2007
Reader Poll: How Did You Name Your Child(ren)?
Our second child is due in three monthsâ€”a boyâ€”and baby names have become dinner conversation. My wife has shot down my first three suggestions:
1. Gamera, the flying turtle from Japanese monster movies, known by several aliases: Gamera the Invincible, Friend of all Children and Guardian of the Universe. Okay, I was only semi-serious, but think of all the turtle toys that would fill his room.
2. Huck, as in Huckleberry Finn, which my wife fears is a name that would be the object of taunts due to the ease at which it can be rhymed with a certain word that begins with F.
3. Flynn. Those first two names have been bandied about for months. Flynn is the first name I was really excited about because of its youthful familiarity (the Flynn character in the movie Tron). Flynn is also usually a last name, making it quite obscure.
As you can see, I need a cultural frame of reference to like a name, sinking my mental hooks into an association with a book, TV show, movie, or I suppose, a historical figure. My wife meanwhile has run a list of 30 names by me to no avail. That’s how our daughter’s name was picked, by a list of 50 names provided by my wife, with one jumping out at me because of its use in my favorite 1990s TV drama (I wanted the middle name to be Roslyn, if that’s any hint).
In January, Thingamababy will be hosting a Name-My-Baby Contest, so hold off on giving me any suggestions.
My question for you today is… How did you and your spouse go about selecting the name(s) of your child(ren)? Name book? Naming website? Family tree? Dream? Next person to knock on your door?