As anyone who has ever had a baby knows, choosing a name is hard! There are so many factors to take into consideration: family names, does it go well with the last name, how many will there be with similar names that are their age, do you spell it normally or give it a twist, what does the name mean, are the initials appropriate or spell anything, and on and on.
Once in a great while a name comes up that just fits and you KNOW that is the name meant for your child. That has happened to us with a couple of our girls. Oh how I wish that were the case with this new little boy coming in just 12 days!! Instead we are having to work for it.
First thing we have to consider with names is the family that lives nearby. We don’t want duplicates. Since we all farm together that is a lot of names to consider! Here’s a list of first and middle names of the boys already in the family: (starred names come from the Book of Mormon)
and from my side of the family:
Pere Alba (Pere is the Catalan form of Peter)
Kevin (ha, isn’t that terrible I can’t remember my brother-in-law’s middle name!)
I know there are several duplicates there already, mostly with middle names, fathers giving their first names as middle names to sons, etc. We are trying to stay away from duplication which means any family names, especially on my side, that we would normally consider don’t even make the list. Take Samuel and Jedidiah for instance – both names we like, both great men on my side of the family tree, but have been taken by others already. Strike them off the list!
After scouring several baby name books, writing down anything I even remotely liked, then having Mr. Ferrero Rocher go through that list and cross off the ones he doesn’t like, adding any he does that I didn’t put on there we have FINALLY narrowed down the list to a select few. We have a list for first names and a list for middle names. (again those with an * are Book of Mormon prophets)
Israel (Mr. FR’s addition)
Stephen (Mr. FR’s addition)
Abinadi * (a-bĭn´a-dī)
Ashton (family name)
Don (family name)
Mosiah* (mō-sī´a or mō-zī´a)
Murdock (family name)
As you can see from the first name list we are drawn to very old-fashioned names. Now to find the right combination. I’m afraid we’re going to have to wait until we actually see this little guy to make a final decision. . . .12 days left and counting. I’ll talk about that in the next post.