AUTHOR: Sean Savage | POSTED: July 5, 2011 | COMMENTS: 83 Comments
CATEGORIES: Daddy on The Fly, The Babies!,
A couple of weeks ago Carolyn asked me out for a nice dinner. As we sat at the table she pulled out a piece of paper and a pen and said “Tonight we name the babies!” I should have known this scenario could unfold as she pulled the same trick about a year ago when we spent an entire night out trying to name our book. The ultimate title, Inconceivable, didn’t come to us that night and I was fairly certain that we wouldn’t come up with names for our girls during this night out either. You see, the fact is, I’ve avoided the naming subject for months because my theory about naming our kids has always been “You have to see the baby to name him/her”.
I believe my angst over names stems from my childhood. When I was born my parents named me Shawn. When I was five my parents traveled to Ireland where they learned that “Sean” translates to “John”, my father’s name. Upon their return, they legally changed the spelling of my name which wouldn’t have been such a traumatic turn of events if I hadn’t just learned to write it.
Then there was the delivery room scene at our oldest’s birth. Just minutes after he was born, I remember the labor and delivery nurse asking us what his name was. Carolyn and I look at each other, not having reached a definitive conclusion, and Carolyn said “Andrew Sean Savage”. I liked the name but then flashed forward thirteen years visualizing my son as the butt of many jokes because his initials were ASS. Needless to say, his middle name is “John”.
Coming up with names for our daughters has proven to be tough. Our list is somewhat limited because of my huge family. And, naming twin girls with names that balance one another is a difficult task. We don’t want them to rhyme and we have no requirement about them having the same initials. We just want them to sound good together when we are shouting for them in the back yard or on the soccer field. They also have to sound good with the middle names we have chosen…Linda (for Carolyn’s mother) and Jennifer (for obvious reasons.)
Last week I burst through the door from work and announced to Carolyn, “I have the names!” She turned around with a surprised look on her face. I said, “Rita and Margo” . She crinkled her nose not understanding. So I reversed the order and said “Margorita” as I grabbed the tequila and blender from the cupboard. I thought it was funny but I think she was annoyed.
So, we don’t have names for our daughters yet. They are due in about six weeks, so time is running short. If you have any suggestions please send them along. To help you channel your creativity, there is a list of names below that we can’t use because either we don’t like them, or they are already taken by a family member or close friend. We look forward to hearing your suggestions.
We Can’t Name Them…