May 7, 2010
I love hearing about what people have named their babies. Particularly people who already have kids with names that I love, but really anyone. It’s just interesting to me for some reason.
We chose Baby Swiss’ name for a few reasons: 1. She was a baby. 2. I like cheese.
Wait a minute.
If you aren’t familiar with her real name, check it out over here. Her middle name is discussed in the comments of that post. I’m still not in love with her middle name, but at the end of the day, we thought it was more important to have a name that her birth parents chose than just a random name we liked the sound of.
In case that last paragraph, didn’t give it away, we aren’t really big into the meanings of names.
Some people are and that’s okay.
We’re not and that’s okay too.
And now I’m going to start to only speak in the singular, because Mr. Mouse does not need me to speak for him.
I always thought that I liked classic names that are timeless and sophisticated.
When it came to actually choosing names for my own kiddo though, I surprised myself. The classic names were a little more familiar than what I found myself wanting.
When it came down to it, I realized that I liked names that were well known and yet uncommon. Easy, but not too “out there”.
Things I didn’t want:
- A name that would result in my kid being First Name, Last Initial at school. (Isn’t this on everyone’s list?)
- A name that started with the same letter as my first name or Mr. Mouse’s first name. (I like to call this Duggar Syndrome. Mr. Mouse and his brother’s names start with the same two first letters, then Mr. Mouse’s brother married someone whose name starts with those same first letters and their firstborn’s name starts with the same first letters. I find it to be a little limiting and not quite my style, so I didn’t want to start that.)
- A name that we knew we would nickname. (I grew up with a nicknamed name and it was annoying. They both actually have nickname names as their full names rather than the fancy longer version. I know that my parents were just trying to give me options, and they didn’t name me my given name with the plan of using a nickname, it just happened. But still. Annoying.)
When we knew we were going to be adopting Baby Swiss, I was ready to settle on a name.
Like that day.
I’m not one to sit around on something like that.
So, when we chose Baby Swiss’ name, Mr. Mouse shot down every name on my list, then got on the internet and started listing the most horrible names to me as actual possibilities.
After I realized that I married someone who actually thought those names were viable options for my children, I shot down every name he mentioned. Because they were not good names.
Until he said Baby Swiss’ actual name.
First I was shocked he liked a name that wasn’t stupid.
Then, I had to stop to think about it.
It had never been on my radar, but I kind of liked that about it. After digesting it for a bit, I was sold.
Our last name is a bit difficult to work with. It is one syllable and has a long vowel sound that makes a lot of names seem kind of rhyme-y.
I won’t list names that Mr. Mouse liked because I’ve just said terrible things about them and what if they are your kid’s name (doubtful, but still).
Two of the names that I really liked, but Mr. Mouse was not on board with were Ruby and Annabelle. To imagine Baby Swiss with that name now seems crazy she is so NOT a Ruby or an Annabelle.
Funny, isn’t it?
So now, we’ll just have to come up with a great name for #2.
I have some names I like that probably won’t be contention at the end of the day for various reasons:
Anyone have any suggestions?