Friday, November 09, 2007

Help Me Name This Baby

This morning at breakfast, I conversed over pancakes and eggs with my 27-month-old dining partner about the mystery identity of her sibling-to-be.

"Do you want a baby sister?" I asked The Boss.

"No, thank you."

"Oh." I nodded thoughtfully. "So you want a baby brother, then."

Her response, though slightly more open-ended, was decisive. "Not today," she said.

***

Regardless of The Boss's desired timetable, baby #2 is scheduled for a mid-April arrival. The Partner and I have decided not to find out the gender in advance. This question mark makes it necessary for us to brainstorm a first and middle name for both sexes so that, no matter what form of genitalia presents itself at birth, we will have a fitting name to bestow upon its owner.

One of the biggest problems is finding a name that goes well with the Boss's given moniker. We kind of made her name up. Needless to say, it's unique. To attach a more common designation to the next baby would either a) make The Boss's name seem even weirder and more out of place or b) make #2s name sound like a bored afterthought. This pretty much rules out anything on the Top 100 List of American Baby Names.

We are also finding it much more difficult to come up with options for a boy than a girl. It seems that there's more room for creativity when it comes to the feminine.

And, finally, most names ending in -en or -on do not mesh well with our last name.

I've bored you with all these details so that I may now enlist your help. Please, share your name suggestions. Even if you've never left me a message before, I hope you'll put your two cents in the comment section. We need all the help we can get.

13 comments:

Mrs. Chicky said...

Naming baby #2 sucks. I'm convinced this next baby, in our case, won't have a name for at least a few days. Good luck with the naming. I wish I had some help to offer but I'm floundering myself.

slouching mom said...

Nathaniel
Leo

I know you can hear me... said...

I used to work in labor and delivery, so I feel that it's only fair for me to de-lurk and try to come up with somewhat unique (but not horrible) names... And I have to say that staying away from -en and -on is hard!

Girls:
Kelsey
Caroline
Tessa
Tatum
Rowan
Dori
Sadie
Charlotte

Boys:
Bennett
Addux
Peter
Liam
Zeke
Jonas
Oliver
Patrick

If I hear of any other fantastic names, I'll let you know - good luck!

Heather said...

I feel your pain! Naming is so hard!

Mayberry said...

I'll always chime in on a name post...I agree with Mrs. Chicky -- the 2nd one is much harder; and as you said -- boys are tough!

If you haven't been to namevoyager yet, you must try it out: http://www.babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html. There's also a link there to Nymbler which can be fun too, but probably won't give you any suggestions unusual enough to suit.

Boy names ending in O? Theo, Hugo?
Any last-name family names that would work? I love the previous suggestion of Sadie.

Good luck.

jen said...

I like Jane. Or Poet. and Sadie is fab too.

Lauren said...

Flatbread or Corona.

Binkytown said...

I love to give my two cents when it comes to names. I probably would have done this at some point even if you hadn't asked.

Boys names I like:
Shane
Archer
Alex
Finn

Girls names I like:
Lillian
Josephine
Hazel
Madeline

If you to to the social security web page, I think they list popular names by decades, that can be fun and thought provoking..

Redneck Mommy said...

It only gets harder with each child. We're scraping the bottom of the baby name barrel with the upcoming adoption. My children are determined to name said child after either a video game or a superhero.

Zelda or Mario anyone?

So far the hubs and I have each made lists for a boy and a girl and we take turns scratching names off each list. The last two names to remain on the list is what we will plant on the kiddie.

God, I hope Zelda and Mario don't make that list...

Jenifer said...

I like the name Tanner for a boy. My husband wants to name a boy after our vaccuum cleaner... Dyson.

I have loved Madison for a girl since before it became popular so we are probably going with that... Other girls names I like,

Olivia
Amelia
Kennedy
McKenna


For a boy my first son's name is Cayden and I want to stay with another C name because I like the way they sound together. We have it narrowed down to Cole or Cooper. Other boys names I like..

Bailey
Griffin
Wyatt

Good Luck!!

Andrea said...

I would love to help you out, but we can't seem to come up with a boy name for baby 2 either. We only have a girl's name because we carried over the one we decided on for baby 1 that we didn't end up using.

Good luck. I'll be lurking in your comments to get ideas myself.

toyfoto said...

I found naming each baby relatively easy. But in each case we didn't have names for the gender we didn't wind up having.

The fighting between me and the hubs was at a minimum, too, seeing as how I made a rule right away that since he had the last name, I get to pick the first names and he could only VETO ones he truely disliked.

That said, I will give you the name I give EVERYBODY who's having a baby, via the movie "She's Having A Baby" - Schwuck - girl or boy.

(How could Bill Murray be wrong?)

Anonymous said...

I definitely want to go with a name ending in -o for baby #2. I have the boy name picked out - Arlo. Any suggestions for girl names ending in o?

Other boy names that end in o:
Milo
Diego