I can appreciate a great name. Parents spend hours and even years discussing what they want to name their children. There are even companies popping up that will help you pick out a unique name for your baby for the low, low price of $30K. I’m not even kidding, read about it here.
A name is such an important decision. It will be a defining part of your child for their whole life. Sometimes names come easily but sometimes names just don’t seem to come at all. Sometimes kids are named after family members, sometimes after friends, sometimes it’s just a name that the parents heard that they liked and sometimes parents just invent names.
In theory I love the idea of a unique invented name but in practice I haven’t heard many invented names that didn’t sound utterly ridiculous. Sometimes I want to pull the parents aside and ask them “What in the world were you thinking naming your child this crazy name?” Of course I would never actually do that, but I think it.
People also need to name their pets. Naming your pet isn’t quite the undertaking that naming your child is, but it’s still a big decision that requires a great deal of thought. Unless of course you are a child. Kids will name their pets in approximately 7 seconds. You can always tell when a kid names their pet. Kids give their pets names like Mr. Whiskers or Sir Barky or Ruff-Ruff.
My two-year old daughter has named one of her baby dolls after her baby cousin. It’s really sweet to watch her take care of her dolls and interact with them. The other day I saw her with one of her other dolls and I asked her what this baby’s name was. She didn’t even bat an eye, she just looked at me and said “Nine.”
Nine? That’s not a name, that’s a number. I calmly explained to my daughter that nine wasn’t really a name, that was a number. I gave her examples of names. Sarah, Michelle, Caroline…My daughter nodded and took it all in. I could really tell I had gotten through to her and had explained this very clearly. I asked her again to think of a good name for her baby.
She scrunched her face, she tilted her head and she she gave a quiet contemplative “ummmmm” as she was thinking. Then finally her eyes lit up and I knew she had decided on her baby’s name. She looked at me with pride in her eyes and said:
Hmmm. Apparently I didn’t explain things as well as I thought. Hopefully she’ll get better at this naming thing. If not, I’m eventually going to be the grandfather to Five, Eleven and Two. Maybe she’ll let her husband name the kids. Better yet, maybe they should just name all their kids after me! 🙂