One of the most fun, but also most difficult parts of pregnancy (for me, NOT your mother who is going through much much more) is coming up with your name. You may think since all my letters to you start with a “Dear Fauchon”, we already have it figured out. We are not that cruel although it has been nice to get a lot of Fauchon chocolates and biscuits from friends throughout your mother’s pregnancy.
We enjoyed the naming process with Kili and we are having a lot of fun with this process as well. Since Kili came first, she got first dibs on names, so you’re getting the leftovers…just kidding. I didn’t think there was a science to it – we weren’t trying to impart any familial or personal significance to your name. Our philosophy was more along the lines of throwing a bunch of names at each other and seeing what sticks.
But as we got more and more into it, some patterns started to emerge, which turned into rules/constraints:
- We like names that are one or two syllables long because it’s easier to say in a louder voice if we need to yell upstairs that dinner is ready
- We don’t like names where we have a bad association with it (e.g., ex, bad book character, etc.)
- We also go through every possible way your name can be made fun of in the schoolyard.
“How bout we name our kid Kale?”
“If you think (s)he’ll like being a vegetable.”
- We view the middle name slot as an opportunity to give you a ridiculous name of our choice
- At the same time, we want the first and middle name to flow together (here’s a fun fact, these types of names are called double-barreled names, which actually reminds me of a shotgun instead of a nice name like Sally May). In any case, the full name should just roll off the tongue.
- We like names that also sound good when said alongside Kili, Catson, and Penny because your name needs to fit in with our alter egos.
- This is the one time I wished we did know your gender. We need all the help we can get narrowing down the name universe!
Next week, I will reveal our list of names even though it goes against our philosophy not to share it because everyone’s going to have an opinion. Lucky for me, not many read this blog!