Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
Baby Name Submissions, Installment #2
Here are the next 10 submissions in the Name My Baby Boy Contest (there are more yet to be processed).
These entries are laden with links because I seriously look into each name. Click the photos for (hopefully) the most interesting content about each person, a Youtube video when I can find one.
Story: Levi Leipheimer is a great American pro-cyclist. He placed third last year in the Tour de France, and has never been involved in any drug scandals that plague the sport. He’s a terrific role model, and a stand-up guy.
Shoe: Levi would wear the Dennis shoe….because it is sporty and looks like cycling shoes.
â€”From Heather A.
Story: Langston Hughes is my favorite poet, as well as a great creative writer. I particularly like literature from the Harlem Renaissance. My husband wouldn’t let me name our boy Langston, because he thought it sounded like a last name (Grant Langston, a supercross rider). I am trying to convince another one of my friends to use the name too. Because I don’t plan to have anymore children, maybe my next dog can be named Langston, but I was kind of leaning toward Kunta Kenta for the dog.
Shoe: Because Langston was gay, why not a feminine pair for the boy (not being very PC here, now am I?) The Alice in purple is very chic.
â€”From Jennifer L.
Story: Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp is one of the most famous western territory figures in American history. He was a law-dog, a gambler, a miner, a farmer, a hunter and a general bad-ass cowboy legend. He is most famous for his showdown at the OK Corral. You won’t find many Wyatts in the general population, but the name does rank as the 1951st most popular first name!
Shoe: Wyatt would definitely wear the Viktor. It is a boot, which is handy for long days on the rocking horse and it has the exposed stitching reminiscent of a cowboy boot.
â€”From Jessica G.
Story: My husband had vetoed this name for us but maybe it will work for you. Darwin is in honor of Charles Darwin prominently known for his theory of natural selection. While his works are most notably known in the scientific community, I find that his theories apply hugely to our everyday lives.
My husband and I are also expecting our second child though it has taken us 2 years to conceive while enduring the loss of two miscarriages before finally getting the news that this baby is "sticking." Since the good news, we have had multiple hurdles to deal with while hoping the baby stays put. I think Darwin is an apt name because for some reason this baby has proven Darwin’s theory. Whatever egg and sperm joined to make this baby, obviously they were the strongest of the bunch and are now fighting to survive….natural selection or "survival of the fittest" (though this is Spencer’s phrase, he based it on Darwin’s natural selection). Through adversity and perseverance Darwin’s work is the basis for modern evolution theory. Plus, without Darwin, we wouldn’t have Darwin Awards and who could live without those?
Shoe: Darwin would wear Tom boots. I think he would have found them versatile in the island muck as well as comfortable and wear-proof on his long journeys.
â€”from Kathleen M.
Name: Horatio or Race
Story: Start with Hamlet’s confidant and end with CSI:Miami’s Horatio Caine â€” what more do you need for a strong role model for your son? Plus, if you don’t want to call him by Horatio, how about a shortened version: "Race?" That’s just brilliant!
Shoe: Hermans because like the site says, Race will "hike, bike, climb trees, chase frogs, go fishing, make mud pies … more"
â€”from David H.
Story: The griffin, griffon or gryphon is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature.
Shoe: Smith, most common last name in this country. Griffin goes very well with this name.
â€”from Erica K.
Story: The name Galen is Greek in origin and the most famous association is with the Greek doctor. While not a popular name in the U.S. currently, only 13,666 people according to howmanyofme.com, it is a very popular name in science fiction and fantasy. Here are a few of the references I know of:
- Galen was a techno-mage in the Babylon 5 spin-off series Crusade.
- Galen Tyrol is the senior NCO onboard the Battlestar Galactica in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series.
- Professor Galen was an archeology professor and mentor of Captain Picard on ST:TNG in the episode The Chase. Captain Picard assumes the name Galen in Star Trek: The Next Generation two part episode gambit when he poses as his mentor to infiltrate a ship of mercenaries.
- Dr. Galen was assistant to Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes.
- Sir Galen (also known as Weasel) is a character in the Dragonlance: Heroes book series.
The draw back of the name Galen is that it has rather high teasing potential.
Shoe: The shoe that most fits Galen is Robin. It is modern and slightly techish looking and also very practical. It looks like a good comfortable shoe that would stand up to long shifts pounding the deck fixing vipers or digging up treasures from the past or even battling shadows with your awesome techno-magic. They wouldn’t be out of place in an operating room either.
â€”from Allison S.
Story: Vincent Van Gogh created some of the world’s most memorable paintings. The name Vincent means "prevailing," or "conquering," which should make for a lifelong challenge for a little fella entering a family that seems to be long on adventure and short on pushovers.
Shoe: Vincent would wear the Vincent lace-up rubber boot, of course, complete with distinctive â€œVincentâ€ marking across the toe, for handy identification and pride of ownership. No rainstorm’s gonna keep this kid indoors!
â€”from Marianne O.
Story: One of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld is called "The Seven," in which George Costanza suggests the name Soda to a couple for their new baby, but tells his girlfriend his real favorite name, Seven. When told that Seven is not a name, but a number, George proclaims "I know. It’s Mickey Mantle‘s number. So not only is it an all around beautiful name, it is also a living tribute." The couple, initially put off by the name Soda, decides to use the name Seven when hearing the suggestion from George’s girlfriend.
So before you guys have the chance to steal the name Seven from me (I have a boy due in February) I am going to go ahead and let you guys use Seven… or Soda.
Shoe: Keeping along with the trend of "S," Seven would wear the Stan in orange. Stan is also part of CoSTANza. I chose orange because it is a very "Summer-esque" color. Which, by the way, reminds me of another one of my favorite episodes. The Summer of George. "This was supposed to be the summer of George! … The summer of George."
â€”from Roberto V.
Story: The West Wind, Zephyr, ushers in springtime, and of course your boy will arrive at the beginning of spring. Zephyr connotes a compassionate strength, which would be a wonderful trait for any boy.
Shoe: Zephyr would certainly wear the Smith shoes because they are vibrant and light and perfect for a breezy yet warmer spring day.
â€”from Jennifer H.