I used to think that I obsessed about babies more than any girl close to my age. Now Karen is my friend and I think that I have met my match. She has posted about babies at least twice in the last couple of months, and so, not to be outdone, I have decided to post a baby blog too.
I think that maybe almost half of my fascination with babies is the idea of getting to name a real live human being. I thought up my first baby names when I was in elementary school. I decided that I wanted twelve children because I had twelve names that I loved. When I was in college, my roommate Jessica and I would spend hours playing the “Baby Name Game,” which consisted of discussing our favorite baby names and writing them out (first, middle, and the favorite last name of the hour) on my giant dry-erase marker board.
Jessica and I decided that the hours we spent playing the Baby Name Game (in addition to countless hits on websites like babynamer.com) made us something like experts. We decided that we’d grow up and hold seminars to help parents make wise choices in naming their children. In these seminars, we would share wisdom such as
- if your last name begins with a short vowel sound, you should choose a name that ends in a consonant sound to keep the two names distinct. A name like “Anna Edwards” would smush together.
- avoid putting the accent syllables next to each other. “Felipe Carson” has no flow. This is also why people with one-syllable last names should choose longer first names. “Jane Grant” is choppy.
- alliteration is great in poetry, but it is silly in a name. People with matching-letter first names and last names (like “Benjamin Barry”) sound like movie characters. That is also why a name like “Anna Nicole” is such a mouthful. Too many N’s! Similarly, beware of repeating letter combinations. That’s why I scrapped my favorite boy middle name (Harrison) when I married a Watson. One “son” in a name was enough.
If you would like more of my tips, you’ll have to wait for the book. Meanwhile, I’m going to wrap up this post. There are so many other directions I could go with this topic, but I’ll save some for later. (You’re welcome, Clint, you Lurker.)
PS- Don’t be offended if your name (or your child’s name) breaks one of my rules. I’m sure you or your child are a beautiful person anyway. Plus, there are all kinds of people who succeed despite an unfortunate name. Take Zig Ziglar, for instance.