We're narrowing down names for both possibilities, but haven't decided for sure. My criteria (this week) are:
- Doesn't end in the -ee (long e) sound, because it would kinda rhyme with our last name. This is less important when naming a dog (ours is Riley). Then again, my mother-in-law's name ends in -ie and that sounds fine, so I guess I'm just used to hearing it.
- Something this lazy mouth wouldn't constantly find the need to shorten or casualize. We probably won't use Bartholemew because I'd call the child Bart all the time anyway.
- The most common spelling. This is not the time for us to be creative, so we probably won't go with Ginnipher.
- A word that the average American would be able to spell upon hearing and pronounce upon seeing, so probably not Legier (luh-ZHAY).
- A (somewhat) familiar name, or at least that someone would be able to pronounce the name upon reading it. I worry about little boys named Caden having second grade teachers say, "Sadden? Satan? Cadden?"
- Nothing too common, but nothing too unusual. Sometimes I worry that pregnancy craziness is going to cause me to be set on something totally weird, only to hate it later. I'm banking on Steve to let me know before that happens.
When people ask what we're thinking about for names, I have a few different responses. My favorite is to go with a decoy like, "We're going with a subtle nod to the Swedes, so Jörgen if it's a boy and Kjerstin if it's a girl." Or Little Jim Kelly (Steve is a big Bills fan). Or Sterling if it's a girl or Jade if it's a boy. Or, "We're naming it after Anne's grandparents, so Howard if it's a boy or Mildred if it's a girl."
Or, instead of sharing some we're considering, I ask for suggestions as to what we name the child. We were with Steve's family a month ago and again this past weekend, so that was kind of fun to hear what they thought.
So what do you think? Have any pearls of wisdom for naming a baby?