Thursday, April 3, 2008

If "ITS" a boy

My favorites... and there will be no discussion:

1. Brody
Yeah, yeah, it's short for "Broderick" and that jerk from "The Hills" is Brody Jenner, but when I hear this name I can't help but picture a little cutie in a sailor suit.

2. Alexander James McLean
Okay, okay... we don't need the "McLean" but he was after all, my favorite Backstreet Boy. I love this name because Alex is cute for short, so is A.J. and "Alexander" will work as an adult when it comes to making moves, money and getting mommy into a nice retirement community.

3. Scott
It's my Dad's middle name, it's cute, it's short, you can't misspell it.


But the real discussion between me and my man will not be the baby's first name... it will be his/her last.

I think we should simply all change our last name to my middle name, "Lynn."

"Mr. and Mrs. Chrissie Lynn."

What do you think? Are names really THAT important? And what do you think of my choices?


vanessa said...

It's funny because I was just having the last name discussion this past friday night. I am quite partial to my name, my entire name at that. It flows very well.

Now I have this dilemma of whether or not to acquire my fiances name when we wed. Because now its not just about names, its about feelings too. I think it may break his heart if I tell him I don't want his last name because it doesn't sound right.

So I guess my question is, is it vain to reconsider changing your name because it doesn't sound right? Do guys really care whether or not you take their name?

Then I'm thinking maybe I'll just hyphenate my last name. Or just grin and bare the name in order to honor my future husband.

It's funny because there's no doubt that our children will have his last name, but deciding what mine will be isn't that easy.

Chrissie said...

Exactly Vanessa!

I think about that a lot, the vain question of "how it sounds."

But I also wonder about losing an identity that it takes so long to create... to make a "name" for yourself professionally only to have it change... to bear children and carry them for 9 months and then not call them by your given name, but by one you've acquired through marrying someone.

It's hard to imagine myself anything other than "chrissie williams." Nothing else seems to flow quite like that (but i've had 25 years to get used to it, so maybe that has something to do with it).

I dunno, I guess I don't have to worry about these things right now, but since you're engaged you certainly do. So let me know how it works out for you and I'll take it from there :P

Jared said...

All of my kids will have androgynous names. That way no one can discriminate against them in either direction when they see the name on paper.

Chrissie said...

Do you think your boys might have names that could be considered too feminine? I've heard a lot of people say, "You don't want to name your son that he'll get made fun of!"

I'm all about naming my daughter "Ryan" or "Jesse" or something like that, but I don't know if I could name my son "Leslie..."

Jared said...

I'm not a big fan of "leslie" but jamie, alex, drew, taylor, etc seem ok.

sarah said...

I think you should come up with a hybrid.

Like Cradell or Coshaw.

B'mello would be my 1st choice!

Women can vote. We can go to space. Why can't we compromise on name change?

Of course, C. squashed my B'mello like a pesky fly.

So, I think I'll keep a pen name and take his name on legal documents.

BTW, when you are confirmed into the Catholic Church you also have a "new" middle name.

So, one day I could be Sarah Lynn Lucy Bradshaw XXXXmello.

It has a nice ring to it, don't cha think?

Chrissie said...

I can't actually pronounce my current man's last name correctly without giggling... and I think that could be a very bad sign.

"Chrissie Lynn Giggle-O"

Someone once told me never to marry a man whose last name ended in a vowel... I wonder what the truth was in that.

sarah said...

I heard the same advice chrissie, only it wasn't nearly as subtle.


Chrissie said...

... i wonder how true it is.

considering my now bf's last name ends in a vowel:)

Jared said...

It is definately true if you are a member of the Ku Klux Klan.