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What’s In A Name

We do what we must, and call it by the best name. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have only known a handful of people who didn’t have trouble naming their children. And I know even less who named their kids in utero, then didn’t change it once they met their little love. I happen to know a ton of people, so that leaves the majority in the same predicament hunky hubby and I are in now.

When Fussypants was in utero we opted to wait until he was born to find out the sex but we had no difficulty picking out three boy names we liked. We had one we loved (which he ended up with), one we both really liked (which, if this baby had been a boy, he would have been named) and one hubby really liked that I could have lived with. We had two girl names picked out but only one we both really liked.

The middle names was more of an issue. It took us a long time to figure out what Fussypant’s middle name would be…we seriously hid from the hospital birth certificate lady right up until they were checking us out because we hadn’t figured it out. We had thought it’d be my brother’s middle name but once we met our son and started calling him by his name, the middle name we had chosen just didn’t fit. We did choose a middle name we love and paired with his first, his name is a strong one.

Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble. ~ Dennis Frakes

But picking names when you don’t know the baby’s gender is easier, I think, because you don’t settle on calling the baby he or she (Fussypants was nicknamed Snug, so we never said he or she, it was always Snug). So whether you are having a son or daughter is an abstract concept. You just know that the baby will be one or the other so it’s easier to come up with names you like.

Since we know that this baby is a girl, and since we know we have to choose a name fit for our daughter, I’m having trouble deciding on a name I like because, to be honest, there are a gazillion names she could be called and because of that, there are a gazillion nicknames and other teasing that can be associated with any name we choose.

Words have meaning and names have power. ~Author Unknown

We still love one of the girl names we chose when pregnant with Fussypants but knowing this baby is a girl has opened a can of worms for me because she can be named anything. That and the fact that someone gave me a book with 300,000 names in it means I’m swimming in name overload right now! There are just so many options!

Names are an important key to what a society values. Anthropologists recognize naming as ‘one of the chief methods for imposing order on perception.’ ~David S. Slawson

Bringing us to the funny of this post…hunky hubby has found a reason to dismiss all the other names I’ve tossed out there so far, some because they are either stripper or porn star names. What is funny about that is this; in college my brother dated a real piece of work stripper, exotically named Leila. Want to know what her stage name was? Corrina. That’s right, Corrina…the kissing cousin of my name, Coreen. Just proof that any name can be a stripper name.

Some of the names he’s shot down:

Savannah- ok, there really is a porn star named Savannah (clean site to check out: here)
Zoe: I wanted this as a middle name but he claims this is a stripper name (I think it’s more hippy then stripper and I like it because it means LIFE and starts with a Z and Fussypant’s middle name also starts with a Z)
Josie: reminds him of 80′s singer Josie Cotton, you know the “Johnny Are You Queer” singer… (I liked it because Blink 182 has a song called Josie and it’s about their “ideal” woman)
Scarlett: reminds him of the Scarlett Letter, so not a modern day porn or stripper star but adultery and his daughter = yuck
Charlotte: reminds him of Charlotte’s Web (not sure why this bugs him but it does)
Olivia: reminds him of Olive Oil and after some thought, I realized her initials would be OK, so its off the list
Daphne: doesn’t want his daughter being called Daffy or Daffy Duck (I’m a fan of writer Daphne Du Maurier but he’s never read anything by her so…)

Our other dilemma is that I imposed a rule that we can’t use a hard C or K name, our last name starts with a K and with my name, our dogs name, my sister-in-laws name…there are just too many names already in our family that start with those sounds. We can be more original.

Thank fully I have a book with 300,000 names in it, oodles of friends with opinions and 19 more weeks to figure it out! I doubt this will be the last you hear on the subject!

You can read my other name posts here and here.

*If you are named any of the names mentioned here, no offense meant. And if you are offended, blame my hubby.



  1. Did you ever see the names my hubby picked out for Baby A?: http://papergoddess.typepad.com/we_will_always_have_paris/2008/11/a-rose-by-any-other-name.html

    Since we didn't use any of them, you're free to use any of the names listed. It would thrill his soul.

  2. OMG, that cracks me up! I'm NOT sharing the list with Lance as he is from German descent as well and might just like latch on to Brunhilde! Thanks for sharing!

    So far, the only name he has suggested turned out to be lame AND a girl he dated (or wanted to date) in high school. I can't remember the name now as I've wiped it from my memory because it's weird to name your daughter after a girl you liked in high school!

  3. How about Savannah Kremer?

    I love Zoey (that's one of my nieces).

    Rowan Kremer sounds regal.

    Or, the obvious: Buffy Kremer.

  4. sorry, just re-read and see he shot it down…but it's so pretty!

  5. Kara, I did offer up Joss! :)

  6. Joss! Love it! Joss is a girls name, too! (The soul singer girl.)

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