Our dilemma is that both Husband-cat and I have awesome, unusual, interesting names. This is not as easy to reproduce as you might think. If we give Baby Skullhead an rare but stupid name (I'm sorry, "Apple" and "Seven" are stupid names) everyone will assume our kid is the offspring of over-medicated celebrities or frustrated artists/demented bohemian hipsters.. If we go too far into the unusual, we stray into making our child sound like a superhero or children's book character. Exhibit A: Aunt MacGuff wants us to call our girl "Ultraviolet." Seriously, Aunt MacGuff?!?
If we make up names our friends will smite us – the "no ghetto-fabulous names!" gauntlet has already been thrown down. (Although I did try to make up some names, but the results were awful). I was onboard for obscure (Latin names for flowers, for instance) but The Hub vetoed. The other badlands are interesting names from cultures other than our own which I think is silly unless you really commit. I have a friend whose mother got inspired by her travels and named her gigantic brood as follows:
- Jeanette Marie- French/ Hebrew (God is Gracious)
- Alejandro Raul - Spanish (Defender, Alexander Paul)
- Kamal Sherie - Arabic / Hebrew (Perfection / Princess)
- Bahia Karima - Persian and Hebrew / Hebrew (Beautiful or Happy / Giving or Generous )
- Hanako Amira - Japanese (Flower Princess)
On choosing, I love Scott Meyer's take on it:
And no, I do not solicit my friend's input lest they get attached to the names they want for the baby. It's hard enough with only two of us. Wish us luck!