Thursday, March 6th, 2008
Round 2: Vote on our Final Eight Baby Names
Yesterday I polled Thinga-readers about our top 20 prospective names for our baby boy. Due to the limitations of the free service I chose, voting was cut off that morning after the first 101 respondents. D’oh!
Please now weigh in on our final seven names (via a better service this time):
Here is some background about the names. The statistics displayed are from the first round of voting. I welcome your further comments via the comment form below. We really haven’t settled on a final name yet.
|Flynn||67% good||09% bad||24% n/a|
|I lifted Flynn from the cool main character in the movie Tron. Here’s the problem. Flynn sounds similar to Flint. Our last name rhymes with stones. (AJ’s last name starts with J.) Get it yet? I think it’s an unlikely source of schoolyard teasing, and actually kind of cool. Every kid should have his own theme song. My wife disagrees. Also, because it’s an Irish name, she thinks the boy needs red hair. I told her we’ll dye it.|
|Hollis||30% good||29% bad||41% n/a|
|Hollis is close to my one true favorite name, Holling, but my wife thinks “hauling” when she hears it. Only 19% of Thinga-readers backed me up on Holling. I needed a landslide from you guys! *shaking fist in air*|
|Sefton||15% good||42% bad||43% n/a|
|Ouch, Sefton is heavily disliked, but it’s one of the few names that didn’t cause my wife to grimace. Sefton is William Holden’s character in the film Stalag 17. He’s intelligent and resourceful and achieves justice after everyone in his world wrongly turns against him.
One survey respondent did write, “I’ve never heard of Sefton before, but I really like it. Unique, but it rings true when you say it.” Actually, Sefton is a last name and a place name (a city, mountain, etc. are named Sefton).
Someone else wrote: “Sefton sounds like a kitchen appliance.”
My own mother adds (via her own googling) that Sefton is a band with some mellow, peaceful acoustic guitar songs.
The Wife’s Picks:
|Howard||15% good||37% bad||48% n/a|
|Wow, only 15% think this common name is good? Why? It’s her dad’s middle name, so it’s still in the running.
A survey respondent wrote: Howard is that rich guy on Gilligan’s Island. BZZT! That’s Thurston Howell the Third.
|Orson||43% good||24% bad||33% n/a|
|My wife combined two family names, Orrie and Judson. She thinks the name sounds like “Our Son.” It’s better than Judd, which some respondents thought sounded hillbillyish or southern (only if being born in California from parents also born in California counts as the hillbilly south).
A survey respondent said, “I like (scifi author) Orson Scott Card, but the name itself does nothing for me… reminds me of stars somehow.”
And: “I liked Orson, reminded me of Orson Welles.”
|Walter*||35% good||29% bad||36% n/a|
|My wife has held onto this name since our first pregnancy. No one in her circle of friends liked it then or now.
*The voting statistics are faulty because, after 67 votes, I realized a typo incorrectly listed the name as Walker. Sorry Texas Ranger fans.
One respondent wrote, “Howard, Walter, Lionel and Wilbur? Were you PLANNING on birthing an eighty-four-year-old?“
|Wilson||48% good||13% bad||39% n/a|
|This is our aunt’s idea, again combining two family names that are less savory on their own (Wilbur and Judson).
A survey respondent said: “Reminds me of President Woodrow Wilson.”
Also, “I definitely prefer names that are first names. Wilson is a last name.” (That’s actually an issue that appealed to us.)
And: “Usual surnames like Flynn, Hollis and Wilson work if they reflect your family heritage, or I guess if there’s another connection that’s meaningful to you. I strongly dislike this type of name when chosen primarily for look/sound. Hard to say why… maybe because it’s become so trendy (e.g. Madison, Taylor, Forrest).” Wow, you got us. I didn’t even realize Hollis was a surname.
And: “My son has a Wilson and a Walker in his kindergarten class and we live in a town of 3,000 people, so they are probably pretty popular names.” True, the Social Security Administration ranked Wilson 512 out of its top 1000 names in 2006, although it’s been steadily losing popularity, peaking on the chart at 131 in 1912.
Thank you to everyone who wrote comments in yesterday’s survey; we read them all. Due to the iffy nature of how the data was made available to me, it was too taxing to match up your comments to your names for attribution.
Please share your thoughts on our final eight below (after voting above). Thanks!