Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What's in a name?

One of the most common questions I get asked these days pertains to whether or not the husb and I have a name for our unborn child. It's a pretty straight-forward question, and one that I think isn't as invasive as others (because I'm not ever going to tell anyone whether or not we were "trying" to have a baby... because my sex life is nobody's d-a-m-n business). That being said, we haven't decided yet, and most likely won't until she is born.

Why, you ask?

Well first off, I think that the responsibility of naming a human is kind of intense, and shouldn't be taken lightly. There are currently so many deplorable excuses for names out there that it's almost nauseating. I don't want my child to have to constantly tell people how to pronounce her name or how to spell it, because there are 47 silent letters in her name. And I feel like I won't really KNOW what her name should be until she comes. Fair enough? Besides, I tend to err on the privacy side of things anyway (not that I've mentioned that before or anything). It's nothing personal. It's just that I don't think I need to tell everyone I've ever talked to in my life every single detail about my pregnancy. Family and close friends are different, of course, but I'm still not committed to a name.

For the longest time (since I was 15ish) I loved the old-school feel of the name "Bella." Peaking in popularity in about 1908, I had the picture in my mind of a classy, yet sassy girl with that name. And it instantly became number one on my names list. I even wrote a portion of a novel in my college years featuring a feisty Italian-American girl named Bella as its protagonist.

And then Twilight happened.

I know that in the book her name is technically "Isabella" and all that, but honestly, way to ruin my life, Stephenie Meyer. For awhile I thought that it wouldn't bother me. That if and when I had a girl I would throw caution to the wind and name her my favorite name anyway. But the year before I got pregnant, I starting hating the name with all of the fiery passions within me. Plus, everyone is naming their girls "Isabella" anyway. Very. Annoying.

So with my number one (and only) girls name pick out of the running, I'm grasping at straws here. Luckily, the Gregory is quite amiable when it comes to child naming, and luckily we have similar tastes regarding the types of names we like. Thus, one of these days I am certain a name will drop down from the heavens in a lovely fashion and our baby girl will receive a downright beautiful name.

Until then...


Shannon said...

she will receive a downright beautiful name. She will be downright gorgeous, too.
something will just jump out at you when the time is right. but i still love the name bella...from someone who has avoided Twilight like the plague, it doesn't bring any vampires to mind when i hear that beautiful name.

Cindy said...

Ditto. I loved Bella too but Twilight ruined it for me as well.