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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Whatchamacallit

We are -- or I should say, Becky is -- in the final trimester of the pregnancy. You may remember, it's a girl. And three months out from the day of delivery, we still haven't picked a name. And it's not that we just haven't picked a name, it's that we're having a hard time finding one that we both like and we both feel fits our family. It's like it gets harder every time you have a kid.

I've got a couple favorites that Becky hates and Becky has a couple favorites that I hate. I really dig the name Harper, unfortunately the name reminds Becky of Nell Harper, you know, the mom on "Gimme a Break" played by Nell Carter. I also like Harely Jane. However, I really doubt I could convince any woman to name their daughter Harely Jane.

On the other side, Becky really likes Grace and Esther. Ironically enough, U2 has ruined Grace for me, so I can't name a child that. Not to mention children named for virtues has always been a minor pet peeve of mine. You know the type: Charity, Chastity, Individual Worth, Personal Growth, etc., etc. And Esther just sounds ugly to me.

So I'm opening the playing field. You think you've got a good name for a girl, post it below in the comments. What's your reward, you ask? Besides the boasting rights that you got to name a child that wasn't yours, if we pick your name, I'll mail you a case of Whatchamacallit candy bars.

9 comments:

Urpy said...

With suggestions like Harper and Harely Jane, can anyone else see why we are not agreeing on names? He forgot to mention that I've also suggested Jade and Sage--two great names that he will have nothing to do with. But we do have picky criteria. We don't like cutesy or overly popular names. We like classic, kind of timeless names. So there ya go, now go and name our baby.

Stephanie said...

Speaking of cutesy names - Grace was in the top 20 for 2003 for popular names. I liked the name until I found that out. I also like Esther. I had a friend Esther and she was tall, beautiful, and blond. It made the name attractive.

Are you guys still trying to stick to the 1 syllabul (spelling?) name? I think at the family reunion Anna was mentioned. I like that. Would Hailey be considered cutesy?

Urpy said...

ANNA?? Gag with me with a spoon. That's way too common. Plus, I don't like it much. Sorry, if you really loved the name or something. I shouldn't offend Rob's blog readers--you might not come back. Hailey doesn't fit us very well. Plus, we already have a "Leigh" so anything that ends in -ly sounds wierd to me. I don't worry about Grace too much because it's not as popular now that it's 2006. It's just such a classic name, I love it! Oh well.

HL Rogers said...

Shaka-kahn. 'Nuff said.

Dandy Dan said...

There is a region in Ecuador that is famous (or rather infamous) for wierd names. Really wierd names. I knew a family with the last name of Quijije whose two twin sons had been named John F. Kennedy and Joseph Stalin. One poor child we knew was named "Amanecer del Olvido" (the dawn of forgetfulness) and another was named, "Obras Portuarias" (loosely, Port Improvements).

Thom G. said...

We've always liked Emma, Hannah and Chloe. But that's just us.

TheRobRogers said...

We went back and forth on Chloe for a good month. I liked it 'cause of "24."

Although I have to say, I will now make it my mission in life to name a child Amanecer del Olvidio. I don't know that it gets better than that. Maybe Shaka-khan. Or maybe Noonian Khan. Khaaaaaaaaaaan!

Urpy said...

The Dawn of Forgetfulness. That would be fitting for Rob's child.

diana said...

I'm still laughing out loud over the spanish names. refreshing after about a million and 1 maria jose or jose maria....
I like Amelie, but then there is that pesky -ly problem. Leandra, Arwen, Imogen, just some ideas...

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