What’s in a Name?

I can say with my whole heart that naming a person is hard.

People repeatedly ask me if I have figured out a name for the little nugget that has taken up residence in my abdomen. At first, I rattled off a list of names that I did like. Over time, the list of names got shorter and shorter. I became more protective of the names. I didn’t particularly want to share the names with other people. Now, I can say that my list of ten (or more) names has been narrowed down to one. Or two.

Now, I’m 36 weeks pregnant and the size of a baby elephant.

Or that’s what it feels like.

People ask me if a have a name for the nugget that has taken up residence in my abdomen.


Like they hadn’t asked me the same question just a few weeks earlier.

I smile. Laugh. Shrug my shoulders.

do have a name. I have said the name over and over for the last month and I like it more every time I hear it.

Want a hint?

It starts with the letter, C.

My mother heard it when she was checking someone in to the campground. She met the boy and asked how he felt about me using his name. He seemed pretty cool about it which is good because I’m probably going to use it either way. I had names that I liked. They were all modern, ‘typical’ names that you would expect to hear in 2017. This name, however, isn’t one I have heard. Ever.

This name is unique, but not strange. It isn’t one you would find unless you were really looking for it. It isn’t in the top one or two thousand names. It only comes into play at the very end of the three thousands. If that doesn’t say ‘obscure’ then I don’t know what does.

So, what’s in a name?

How does one go about picking a name for their child?

First: You go through the name of every person you’ve ever dated, slept with or had a general ‘thing’ with and cross it off the list. You just don’t need that sort of negativity (or reminder) in your life. Unless your exes happen to be unicorns and not complete assholes.

Second: You go through the name of every asshat that was in your primary school, high school, and university. Go on, cross them off the list.

The list is getting pretty narrow now, right?

Third: You go through the list of banned names and realise that calling your kid ‘Lucifer’ or ‘V8’ just isn’t going to happen. Points for creativity though.

Fourth: You finally come up with a few names you like. Suggest them to your ex. Suggest them to your mum. Have them (mostly) rejected.

Fifth: You start again.

Sixth: Realise that middle names are ‘important’. Get rid of any names that could produce rude initials.

Seventh: Accept the fact that your child is not going to have a middle name.

Eighth: Accept the fact that your child is not going to have a name. Period.

Feel the pressure yet?

Ninth: Realise that you do have a few favourites, but you really have no idea what you want to name your son.

Tenth: Accept the fact that your son is going to be (mostly) nameless until you see him for the first time.

Break out the chocolate milk. You deserve it.

People are surprised when I say that I don’t have a name for him yet. Some people have looked at me with absolute horror. As if I haven’t bonded with him because I haven’t done this one thing. Some people press me for the names that I’ve been thinking about. Some people shrug their shoulders and say that I’ll know what to call him as soon as I see him. Those are the best people.

There’s also the matter of the ex.

Contrary to what people may think, he didn’t just run off into the sunset and leave me all on my lonesome. He hasn’t been a total dick. He actually is trying. I do respect his opinion. You might call me old-fashioned, but I do want my son to have my ex’s last name.

So, have I chosen a name?

Yes and no.

But I’m keeping it my little secret.

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  • Reply R xo

    My sister is going through this exact process now! I always see quotes on facebook saying you never realise how many people you ‘dislike’ until it comes to naming a child haha, guess its true! Also i clicked the link of banned names… “Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii.” hahaha had me crying!! And how could anyone want to name their child Anal. Some people baffle me haha! Can’t wait to hear what you’ve chosen!!

    January 31, 2017 at 2:43 am
  • Reply Faith Raine

    eek how exciting! I really love names that you don’t hear everyday, can’t wait to hear your little nuggets name.
    I’m currently struggling too. I’ve gotten to the point where i’m just like, look i’m carrying the child, i have to go through hell to push her out… i’m choosing the damn name! I need that little victory at the end of all of this haha.

    January 31, 2017 at 3:35 am
  • Reply Jess @ Je Suis Jessica

    This is nothing like The Sims games!!! Good call on keeping a reminder that middle names are important as well. I knew a girl named Floren Alexis G. and you can probably tell those initials doesn’t spell out the most pleasant thing for a nice girl, haha.

    January 31, 2017 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply helloteri

    Definitely agree with your steps on finding a name! I’m not even pregnant yet names have come to my mind… I always try to see if the first name fits with the last name of my current boyfriend – haha!! My current has a really short last name, so a short first name would be fitting (like that).

    I’m anxious to hear the little secret of your name!

    All the best with your journey <3

    February 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm
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