While I still think “Imaginary Child” is the appropriate name for this third child I hope we will someday have, I have been thinking about names lately. I have a list of boys names and girls names I (we) like. I have kept and amended this list as a note in my Blackberry (because I am anal like that) since before Noah was born. I thought, Dear Readers, that maybe you can help me add to or edit it.
These are the girls’ names on the list right now:
These are the boys’ names:
There are a few on there that are my current faves, but I’m not telling which ones they are just yet. I will tell you that we have some naming guidelines. I’m calling them “guidelines” rather than “rules” because you will notice that I am breaking some of these already, but this is what we consider when talking about names.
- We want it to be short. Our last name is nine letters long, and there’s only so much space on most forms you have to fill out. Since Christian’s first name is also long, he often becomes “Christia”, “Christi”, or even “Christ” when he has to do the whole last-name-first, first-name-last thing.
- No nicknames. My legal name is Theresa, but I have always gone by Tracy. This confuses people, since the standard nickname for Theresa is Terry. Christian went by Chris when he was younger, so sometimes people would call him Christopher. Nicknames have always bugged us both.
- No “Top 10 Baby Names“. (When we picked Noah’s name in 2005, it was not on this list, so we were a little disappointed that it was there in 2006 and 2007. So far though we have been lucky not to have any other Noah’s at his school.) On the other hand, we don’t want anything completely obscure either.
- I would prefer not to use a name that starts with C, T, N, or Z, since we already have Christian, Tracy, Noah, and Zoe (sometimes I write “C-dentist 8am” on the calendar, and this would be confusing with 2 C’s. This one is silly I know, and it’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s something that crossed my mind).
- Nothing that’s too heavy on the “O” sound. Sometimes “Noah and Zoe” runs together, so it would be hard to have a third O in there.
- No names that are already in the family. It’s too confusing. My uncle Scott named his son Scott, so we had a “Big Scott” and “Little Scott.” Then my cousin married a Scott, so now we have a “Medium Scott” too.
So, given these guidelines, any votes for your favorites or other suggestions?
(And no offense to my step-dad, but Tom, we are not going to name the child Tommy (or Tommi) no matter how many times you suggest it. It goes against guidelines 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.)