The more my mom (and everyone else) bugs me to decide on a name for this baby, the more I put it off. Does that make me a bad person? Will I let my son enter kindergarten as John Doe just to stick it to… perfectly innocent and interested people?

I keep proposing that I want to name him after my cat who died a few years ago. So far, miraculously, Damon hasn’t fully shot down this plan. I don’t know if he’s being sensitive or if he’s seriously considering it. That was such an awesome cat.

I also keep telling Damon I hope I’m pregnant with a puppy, because I’ve always wanted a puppy.

I think I might be going through some sort of second adolescence.

But I’m still also being a good soldier. I eat two lunches every day — my lunch and baby’s lunch. I hope when I go for my checkup next week they tell me we’re both growing.

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180 responses to this post.

  1. Everyone bugged us about the name before we even knew the gender of our first baby. In an attempt to get them to shut up and leave us alone, we told them that if it was a boy we would name it Agamemnon. But their only response was, what if it’s a girl? We told them we’d name a girl Penelope, because that name is from the same book. And then we ended up liking the name Penelope, and that is how my daughter got her name.

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  2. Everyone bugged us about the name before we even knew the gender of our first baby. In an attempt to get them to shut up and leave us alone, we told them that if it was a boy we would name it Agamemnon. But their only response was, what if it’s a girl? We told them we’d name a girl Penelope, because that name is from the same book. And then we ended up liking the name Penelope, and that is how my daughter got her name.

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    • What a great way to wind up with a name. Penelope is very pretty. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between literary references. My dad has been calling the baby Beowulf, and says that’s what he’s going to continue to call him regardless of what we do. Damon calls the baby Gollum. So I’m kind of hoping neither of of those sticks.

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      • Damon is on the right track. All babies are named Gollum at some point. Another fine name is Attila – works for both boys and girls.

      • Damon is on the right track. All babies are named Gollum at some point. Another fine name is Attila – works for both boys and girls.

      • Damon is on the right track. All babies are named Gollum at some point. Another fine name is Attila – works for both boys and girls.

      • Damon is on the right track. All babies are named Gollum at some point. Another fine name is Attila – works for both boys and girls.

      • Damon is on the right track. All babies are named Gollum at some point. Another fine name is Attila – works for both boys and girls.

    • What a great way to wind up with a name. Penelope is very pretty. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between literary references. My dad has been calling the baby Beowulf, and says that’s what he’s going to continue to call him regardless of what we do. Damon calls the baby Gollum. So I’m kind of hoping neither of of those sticks.

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    • What a great way to wind up with a name. Penelope is very pretty. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between literary references. My dad has been calling the baby Beowulf, and says that’s what he’s going to continue to call him regardless of what we do. Damon calls the baby Gollum. So I’m kind of hoping neither of of those sticks.

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    • What a great way to wind up with a name. Penelope is very pretty. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between literary references. My dad has been calling the baby Beowulf, and says that’s what he’s going to continue to call him regardless of what we do. Damon calls the baby Gollum. So I’m kind of hoping neither of of those sticks.

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    • What a great way to wind up with a name. Penelope is very pretty. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between literary references. My dad has been calling the baby Beowulf, and says that’s what he’s going to continue to call him regardless of what we do. Damon calls the baby Gollum. So I’m kind of hoping neither of of those sticks.

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  3. Everyone bugged us about the name before we even knew the gender of our first baby. In an attempt to get them to shut up and leave us alone, we told them that if it was a boy we would name it Agamemnon. But their only response was, what if it’s a girl? We told them we’d name a girl Penelope, because that name is from the same book. And then we ended up liking the name Penelope, and that is how my daughter got her name.

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  4. Everyone bugged us about the name before we even knew the gender of our first baby. In an attempt to get them to shut up and leave us alone, we told them that if it was a boy we would name it Agamemnon. But their only response was, what if it’s a girl? We told them we’d name a girl Penelope, because that name is from the same book. And then we ended up liking the name Penelope, and that is how my daughter got her name.

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  5. Everyone bugged us about the name before we even knew the gender of our first baby. In an attempt to get them to shut up and leave us alone, we told them that if it was a boy we would name it Agamemnon. But their only response was, what if it’s a girl? We told them we’d name a girl Penelope, because that name is from the same book. And then we ended up liking the name Penelope, and that is how my daughter got her name.

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  6. Everyone bugged us about the name before we even knew the gender of our first baby. In an attempt to get them to shut up and leave us alone, we told them that if it was a boy we would name it Agamemnon. But their only response was, what if it’s a girl? We told them we’d name a girl Penelope, because that name is from the same book. And then we ended up liking the name Penelope, and that is how my daughter got her name.

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  7. There’s not a thing wrong with not deciding until he’s born. But if you do decide earlier, don’t tell a living soul what you do choose. For one thing, it makes me weirdly uncomfortable when people refer to an unborn baby by a name–it’s like designating a personality before you’ve even met–but keep it to yourself because people are sooooo obnoxious about names. You’ll have to endure a lot of “I don’t like that” or “I knew a mean kid named that.” If no one knows until the birth it dramatically cuts down on that crap, plus it’s a big moment when they hand you your baby and you whisper his name to him the first time. Give him a public nickname (Anya’s was Tater and Ezra was 2.0) and save his real one.
    When you do decide, tell one trusted friend to make sure you didn’t miss any accidental celebrity homage/bad initials/etc.

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  8. There’s not a thing wrong with not deciding until he’s born. But if you do decide earlier, don’t tell a living soul what you do choose. For one thing, it makes me weirdly uncomfortable when people refer to an unborn baby by a name–it’s like designating a personality before you’ve even met–but keep it to yourself because people are sooooo obnoxious about names. You’ll have to endure a lot of “I don’t like that” or “I knew a mean kid named that.” If no one knows until the birth it dramatically cuts down on that crap, plus it’s a big moment when they hand you your baby and you whisper his name to him the first time. Give him a public nickname (Anya’s was Tater and Ezra was 2.0) and save his real one.
    When you do decide, tell one trusted friend to make sure you didn’t miss any accidental celebrity homage/bad initials/etc.

    Reply

    • That’s excellent advice. I feel like anyone who doesn’t like a name we pick can wander on over to babycenter.com and see some of those train wrecks coming down the tracks. My favorite of late: Knathan.

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      • Have you seen these?

      • The belongs in the same delightful family as http://www.uglyweddingdresses.com
        I worked with a woman whose husband wanted their daughter’s name to be “LL’s”
        I’m not kidding. He felt that it was somehow the wave of the future.

      • The belongs in the same delightful family as http://www.uglyweddingdresses.com
        I worked with a woman whose husband wanted their daughter’s name to be “LL’s”
        I’m not kidding. He felt that it was somehow the wave of the future.

      • The belongs in the same delightful family as http://www.uglyweddingdresses.com
        I worked with a woman whose husband wanted their daughter’s name to be “LL’s”
        I’m not kidding. He felt that it was somehow the wave of the future.

      • The belongs in the same delightful family as http://www.uglyweddingdresses.com
        I worked with a woman whose husband wanted their daughter’s name to be “LL’s”
        I’m not kidding. He felt that it was somehow the wave of the future.

      • The belongs in the same delightful family as http://www.uglyweddingdresses.com
        I worked with a woman whose husband wanted their daughter’s name to be “LL’s”
        I’m not kidding. He felt that it was somehow the wave of the future.

      • Have you seen these?

      • Have you seen these?

      • Have you seen these?

      • Have you seen these?

      • When Ezra was born, my mother asked his name and when I told her she gave me this blank stare and said, “But what are you going to call him?” I said, very slowly, “EZZZZRAAAAHHHHH.” She was afraid it was too weird.

      • That’s such a mom thing to say.
        I think Ezra is a grade A name. It’s hip, it’s classic, it transmits right away — that’s more than most names can say for themselves.

      • Thank you. We loved it and didn’t think it was weird at all, just uncommon but classic. Aniele doesn’t show up in any of the books at all, but Mom didn’t think that one was that odd.

      • Thank you. We loved it and didn’t think it was weird at all, just uncommon but classic. Aniele doesn’t show up in any of the books at all, but Mom didn’t think that one was that odd.

      • Thank you. We loved it and didn’t think it was weird at all, just uncommon but classic. Aniele doesn’t show up in any of the books at all, but Mom didn’t think that one was that odd.

      • Thank you. We loved it and didn’t think it was weird at all, just uncommon but classic. Aniele doesn’t show up in any of the books at all, but Mom didn’t think that one was that odd.

      • Thank you. We loved it and didn’t think it was weird at all, just uncommon but classic. Aniele doesn’t show up in any of the books at all, but Mom didn’t think that one was that odd.

      • That’s such a mom thing to say.
        I think Ezra is a grade A name. It’s hip, it’s classic, it transmits right away — that’s more than most names can say for themselves.

      • That’s such a mom thing to say.
        I think Ezra is a grade A name. It’s hip, it’s classic, it transmits right away — that’s more than most names can say for themselves.

      • That’s such a mom thing to say.
        I think Ezra is a grade A name. It’s hip, it’s classic, it transmits right away — that’s more than most names can say for themselves.

      • That’s such a mom thing to say.
        I think Ezra is a grade A name. It’s hip, it’s classic, it transmits right away — that’s more than most names can say for themselves.

      • When Ezra was born, my mother asked his name and when I told her she gave me this blank stare and said, “But what are you going to call him?” I said, very slowly, “EZZZZRAAAAHHHHH.” She was afraid it was too weird.

      • When Ezra was born, my mother asked his name and when I told her she gave me this blank stare and said, “But what are you going to call him?” I said, very slowly, “EZZZZRAAAAHHHHH.” She was afraid it was too weird.

      • When Ezra was born, my mother asked his name and when I told her she gave me this blank stare and said, “But what are you going to call him?” I said, very slowly, “EZZZZRAAAAHHHHH.” She was afraid it was too weird.

      • When Ezra was born, my mother asked his name and when I told her she gave me this blank stare and said, “But what are you going to call him?” I said, very slowly, “EZZZZRAAAAHHHHH.” She was afraid it was too weird.

    • That’s excellent advice. I feel like anyone who doesn’t like a name we pick can wander on over to babycenter.com and see some of those train wrecks coming down the tracks. My favorite of late: Knathan.

      Reply

    • That’s excellent advice. I feel like anyone who doesn’t like a name we pick can wander on over to babycenter.com and see some of those train wrecks coming down the tracks. My favorite of late: Knathan.

      Reply

    • That’s excellent advice. I feel like anyone who doesn’t like a name we pick can wander on over to babycenter.com and see some of those train wrecks coming down the tracks. My favorite of late: Knathan.

      Reply

    • That’s excellent advice. I feel like anyone who doesn’t like a name we pick can wander on over to babycenter.com and see some of those train wrecks coming down the tracks. My favorite of late: Knathan.

      Reply

  9. There’s not a thing wrong with not deciding until he’s born. But if you do decide earlier, don’t tell a living soul what you do choose. For one thing, it makes me weirdly uncomfortable when people refer to an unborn baby by a name–it’s like designating a personality before you’ve even met–but keep it to yourself because people are sooooo obnoxious about names. You’ll have to endure a lot of “I don’t like that” or “I knew a mean kid named that.” If no one knows until the birth it dramatically cuts down on that crap, plus it’s a big moment when they hand you your baby and you whisper his name to him the first time. Give him a public nickname (Anya’s was Tater and Ezra was 2.0) and save his real one.
    When you do decide, tell one trusted friend to make sure you didn’t miss any accidental celebrity homage/bad initials/etc.

    Reply

  10. There’s not a thing wrong with not deciding until he’s born. But if you do decide earlier, don’t tell a living soul what you do choose. For one thing, it makes me weirdly uncomfortable when people refer to an unborn baby by a name–it’s like designating a personality before you’ve even met–but keep it to yourself because people are sooooo obnoxious about names. You’ll have to endure a lot of “I don’t like that” or “I knew a mean kid named that.” If no one knows until the birth it dramatically cuts down on that crap, plus it’s a big moment when they hand you your baby and you whisper his name to him the first time. Give him a public nickname (Anya’s was Tater and Ezra was 2.0) and save his real one.
    When you do decide, tell one trusted friend to make sure you didn’t miss any accidental celebrity homage/bad initials/etc.

    Reply

  11. There’s not a thing wrong with not deciding until he’s born. But if you do decide earlier, don’t tell a living soul what you do choose. For one thing, it makes me weirdly uncomfortable when people refer to an unborn baby by a name–it’s like designating a personality before you’ve even met–but keep it to yourself because people are sooooo obnoxious about names. You’ll have to endure a lot of “I don’t like that” or “I knew a mean kid named that.” If no one knows until the birth it dramatically cuts down on that crap, plus it’s a big moment when they hand you your baby and you whisper his name to him the first time. Give him a public nickname (Anya’s was Tater and Ezra was 2.0) and save his real one.
    When you do decide, tell one trusted friend to make sure you didn’t miss any accidental celebrity homage/bad initials/etc.

    Reply

  12. There’s not a thing wrong with not deciding until he’s born. But if you do decide earlier, don’t tell a living soul what you do choose. For one thing, it makes me weirdly uncomfortable when people refer to an unborn baby by a name–it’s like designating a personality before you’ve even met–but keep it to yourself because people are sooooo obnoxious about names. You’ll have to endure a lot of “I don’t like that” or “I knew a mean kid named that.” If no one knows until the birth it dramatically cuts down on that crap, plus it’s a big moment when they hand you your baby and you whisper his name to him the first time. Give him a public nickname (Anya’s was Tater and Ezra was 2.0) and save his real one.
    When you do decide, tell one trusted friend to make sure you didn’t miss any accidental celebrity homage/bad initials/etc.

    Reply

  13. Jon told his mother we were naming Donovan something really bizarre. Of course, she believed it, but that’s another story.
    No reason to decide right away. You may decide on a name now and the baby makes an appearance looking like something completely different. It’s good to go into it with a name short list, and just see which one fits (though be prepared that none of them may fit).

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  14. Jon told his mother we were naming Donovan something really bizarre. Of course, she believed it, but that’s another story.
    No reason to decide right away. You may decide on a name now and the baby makes an appearance looking like something completely different. It’s good to go into it with a name short list, and just see which one fits (though be prepared that none of them may fit).

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    • I think that is actually what we’re going to do. That will give him a chance to have some effect on what his own name will be.

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    • I think that is actually what we’re going to do. That will give him a chance to have some effect on what his own name will be.

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    • I think that is actually what we’re going to do. That will give him a chance to have some effect on what his own name will be.

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    • I think that is actually what we’re going to do. That will give him a chance to have some effect on what his own name will be.

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    • I think that is actually what we’re going to do. That will give him a chance to have some effect on what his own name will be.

      Reply

  15. Jon told his mother we were naming Donovan something really bizarre. Of course, she believed it, but that’s another story.
    No reason to decide right away. You may decide on a name now and the baby makes an appearance looking like something completely different. It’s good to go into it with a name short list, and just see which one fits (though be prepared that none of them may fit).

    Reply

  16. Jon told his mother we were naming Donovan something really bizarre. Of course, she believed it, but that’s another story.
    No reason to decide right away. You may decide on a name now and the baby makes an appearance looking like something completely different. It’s good to go into it with a name short list, and just see which one fits (though be prepared that none of them may fit).

    Reply

  17. Jon told his mother we were naming Donovan something really bizarre. Of course, she believed it, but that’s another story.
    No reason to decide right away. You may decide on a name now and the baby makes an appearance looking like something completely different. It’s good to go into it with a name short list, and just see which one fits (though be prepared that none of them may fit).

    Reply

  18. Jon told his mother we were naming Donovan something really bizarre. Of course, she believed it, but that’s another story.
    No reason to decide right away. You may decide on a name now and the baby makes an appearance looking like something completely different. It’s good to go into it with a name short list, and just see which one fits (though be prepared that none of them may fit).

    Reply

  19. Erin wasn’t named until she was a few days old – the hospital wouldn’t discharge us until she was named so we ended up putting a few names into a paper bag and pulled out Erin.
    I kind of agree with not telling anyone the name if you go with anything unusual – my sister told me that they were naming her baby Oscar and I couldn’t hide the shock from my face. I feel so bad about that now, and Oscar is actually quite a cute name, I just had to take it in!

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  20. Erin wasn’t named until she was a few days old – the hospital wouldn’t discharge us until she was named so we ended up putting a few names into a paper bag and pulled out Erin.
    I kind of agree with not telling anyone the name if you go with anything unusual – my sister told me that they were naming her baby Oscar and I couldn’t hide the shock from my face. I feel so bad about that now, and Oscar is actually quite a cute name, I just had to take it in!

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    • That’s how we named our cat Zoe!
      Oscar is cute, but it is not one you tend to see coming. My cousin named her son Earl about ten years ago and we’re all still trying to wrap our minds around that one.

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    • That’s how we named our cat Zoe!
      Oscar is cute, but it is not one you tend to see coming. My cousin named her son Earl about ten years ago and we’re all still trying to wrap our minds around that one.

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    • That’s how we named our cat Zoe!
      Oscar is cute, but it is not one you tend to see coming. My cousin named her son Earl about ten years ago and we’re all still trying to wrap our minds around that one.

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    • That’s how we named our cat Zoe!
      Oscar is cute, but it is not one you tend to see coming. My cousin named her son Earl about ten years ago and we’re all still trying to wrap our minds around that one.

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    • That’s how we named our cat Zoe!
      Oscar is cute, but it is not one you tend to see coming. My cousin named her son Earl about ten years ago and we’re all still trying to wrap our minds around that one.

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  21. Erin wasn’t named until she was a few days old – the hospital wouldn’t discharge us until she was named so we ended up putting a few names into a paper bag and pulled out Erin.
    I kind of agree with not telling anyone the name if you go with anything unusual – my sister told me that they were naming her baby Oscar and I couldn’t hide the shock from my face. I feel so bad about that now, and Oscar is actually quite a cute name, I just had to take it in!

    Reply

  22. Erin wasn’t named until she was a few days old – the hospital wouldn’t discharge us until she was named so we ended up putting a few names into a paper bag and pulled out Erin.
    I kind of agree with not telling anyone the name if you go with anything unusual – my sister told me that they were naming her baby Oscar and I couldn’t hide the shock from my face. I feel so bad about that now, and Oscar is actually quite a cute name, I just had to take it in!

    Reply

  23. Erin wasn’t named until she was a few days old – the hospital wouldn’t discharge us until she was named so we ended up putting a few names into a paper bag and pulled out Erin.
    I kind of agree with not telling anyone the name if you go with anything unusual – my sister told me that they were naming her baby Oscar and I couldn’t hide the shock from my face. I feel so bad about that now, and Oscar is actually quite a cute name, I just had to take it in!

    Reply

  24. Erin wasn’t named until she was a few days old – the hospital wouldn’t discharge us until she was named so we ended up putting a few names into a paper bag and pulled out Erin.
    I kind of agree with not telling anyone the name if you go with anything unusual – my sister told me that they were naming her baby Oscar and I couldn’t hide the shock from my face. I feel so bad about that now, and Oscar is actually quite a cute name, I just had to take it in!

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  25. I thought you were naming him Roosevelt?
    You might have a name all picked out and then when he gets here, you might look at him and think, “well, of course his name isn’t BBBBBBBBBBBB. It’s AAAAAAAAA. I should have known!”
    I just don’t think that’s necessarily something you can know until you meet the kid. How weird would it be to go through life with your wrong name, like Cecil Long, who, God bless, finally changed his first name to Mark, because he felt like he looked like a Mark and had the personality of a Mark. He was a much nicer person after everybody stopped calling him Cecil.
    Maybe you should have a pool of names you like so that when he gets here you’ll have narrowed the selection to something manageable.

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  26. I thought you were naming him Roosevelt?
    You might have a name all picked out and then when he gets here, you might look at him and think, “well, of course his name isn’t BBBBBBBBBBBB. It’s AAAAAAAAA. I should have known!”
    I just don’t think that’s necessarily something you can know until you meet the kid. How weird would it be to go through life with your wrong name, like Cecil Long, who, God bless, finally changed his first name to Mark, because he felt like he looked like a Mark and had the personality of a Mark. He was a much nicer person after everybody stopped calling him Cecil.
    Maybe you should have a pool of names you like so that when he gets here you’ll have narrowed the selection to something manageable.

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    • My Meat name is Leslie.
      I find it of great amusement that Bob Hope’s real name was also Leslie. Ditto Gerald Ford.

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    • My Meat name is Leslie.
      I find it of great amusement that Bob Hope’s real name was also Leslie. Ditto Gerald Ford.

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    • My Meat name is Leslie.
      I find it of great amusement that Bob Hope’s real name was also Leslie. Ditto Gerald Ford.

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    • My Meat name is Leslie.
      I find it of great amusement that Bob Hope’s real name was also Leslie. Ditto Gerald Ford.

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    • My Meat name is Leslie.
      I find it of great amusement that Bob Hope’s real name was also Leslie. Ditto Gerald Ford.

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    • I forgot about Roosevelt. See, that’s what happens when you worry about these things too soon.
      Cecil is off the table, though.
      I think we are going to to with the name options list. And of course when we meet him he’ll suggest a new name all his own and all our plans will go right out the window. Which is fine. It won’t be the first time.

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    • I forgot about Roosevelt. See, that’s what happens when you worry about these things too soon.
      Cecil is off the table, though.
      I think we are going to to with the name options list. And of course when we meet him he’ll suggest a new name all his own and all our plans will go right out the window. Which is fine. It won’t be the first time.

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    • I forgot about Roosevelt. See, that’s what happens when you worry about these things too soon.
      Cecil is off the table, though.
      I think we are going to to with the name options list. And of course when we meet him he’ll suggest a new name all his own and all our plans will go right out the window. Which is fine. It won’t be the first time.

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    • I forgot about Roosevelt. See, that’s what happens when you worry about these things too soon.
      Cecil is off the table, though.
      I think we are going to to with the name options list. And of course when we meet him he’ll suggest a new name all his own and all our plans will go right out the window. Which is fine. It won’t be the first time.

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    • I forgot about Roosevelt. See, that’s what happens when you worry about these things too soon.
      Cecil is off the table, though.
      I think we are going to to with the name options list. And of course when we meet him he’ll suggest a new name all his own and all our plans will go right out the window. Which is fine. It won’t be the first time.

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  27. I thought you were naming him Roosevelt?
    You might have a name all picked out and then when he gets here, you might look at him and think, “well, of course his name isn’t BBBBBBBBBBBB. It’s AAAAAAAAA. I should have known!”
    I just don’t think that’s necessarily something you can know until you meet the kid. How weird would it be to go through life with your wrong name, like Cecil Long, who, God bless, finally changed his first name to Mark, because he felt like he looked like a Mark and had the personality of a Mark. He was a much nicer person after everybody stopped calling him Cecil.
    Maybe you should have a pool of names you like so that when he gets here you’ll have narrowed the selection to something manageable.

    Reply

  28. I thought you were naming him Roosevelt?
    You might have a name all picked out and then when he gets here, you might look at him and think, “well, of course his name isn’t BBBBBBBBBBBB. It’s AAAAAAAAA. I should have known!”
    I just don’t think that’s necessarily something you can know until you meet the kid. How weird would it be to go through life with your wrong name, like Cecil Long, who, God bless, finally changed his first name to Mark, because he felt like he looked like a Mark and had the personality of a Mark. He was a much nicer person after everybody stopped calling him Cecil.
    Maybe you should have a pool of names you like so that when he gets here you’ll have narrowed the selection to something manageable.

    Reply

  29. I thought you were naming him Roosevelt?
    You might have a name all picked out and then when he gets here, you might look at him and think, “well, of course his name isn’t BBBBBBBBBBBB. It’s AAAAAAAAA. I should have known!”
    I just don’t think that’s necessarily something you can know until you meet the kid. How weird would it be to go through life with your wrong name, like Cecil Long, who, God bless, finally changed his first name to Mark, because he felt like he looked like a Mark and had the personality of a Mark. He was a much nicer person after everybody stopped calling him Cecil.
    Maybe you should have a pool of names you like so that when he gets here you’ll have narrowed the selection to something manageable.

    Reply

  30. I thought you were naming him Roosevelt?
    You might have a name all picked out and then when he gets here, you might look at him and think, “well, of course his name isn’t BBBBBBBBBBBB. It’s AAAAAAAAA. I should have known!”
    I just don’t think that’s necessarily something you can know until you meet the kid. How weird would it be to go through life with your wrong name, like Cecil Long, who, God bless, finally changed his first name to Mark, because he felt like he looked like a Mark and had the personality of a Mark. He was a much nicer person after everybody stopped calling him Cecil.
    Maybe you should have a pool of names you like so that when he gets here you’ll have narrowed the selection to something manageable.

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  31. PS. You know you can just adopt a puppy, right? You don’t have to give birth to one.

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  32. PS. You know you can just adopt a puppy, right? You don’t have to give birth to one.

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    • I do know that. But if I adopt one then I have to get Damon to agree. If I give birth to one then who can say I should have seen that one coming?

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      • The Rules state that if one follows you home or appears, then you have to take it in. Or at least that’s the way I’ve always interpreted them in The Charter. Just sayin’.

      • What an excellent point. And if a puppy happened to be here when Damon got back one day, who could prove it didn’t just follow me home?

      • What an excellent point. And if a puppy happened to be here when Damon got back one day, who could prove it didn’t just follow me home?

      • What an excellent point. And if a puppy happened to be here when Damon got back one day, who could prove it didn’t just follow me home?

      • What an excellent point. And if a puppy happened to be here when Damon got back one day, who could prove it didn’t just follow me home?

      • What an excellent point. And if a puppy happened to be here when Damon got back one day, who could prove it didn’t just follow me home?

      • The Rules state that if one follows you home or appears, then you have to take it in. Or at least that’s the way I’ve always interpreted them in The Charter. Just sayin’.

      • The Rules state that if one follows you home or appears, then you have to take it in. Or at least that’s the way I’ve always interpreted them in The Charter. Just sayin’.

      • The Rules state that if one follows you home or appears, then you have to take it in. Or at least that’s the way I’ve always interpreted them in The Charter. Just sayin’.

      • The Rules state that if one follows you home or appears, then you have to take it in. Or at least that’s the way I’ve always interpreted them in The Charter. Just sayin’.

    • I do know that. But if I adopt one then I have to get Damon to agree. If I give birth to one then who can say I should have seen that one coming?

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    • I do know that. But if I adopt one then I have to get Damon to agree. If I give birth to one then who can say I should have seen that one coming?

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    • I do know that. But if I adopt one then I have to get Damon to agree. If I give birth to one then who can say I should have seen that one coming?

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    • I do know that. But if I adopt one then I have to get Damon to agree. If I give birth to one then who can say I should have seen that one coming?

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  33. PS. You know you can just adopt a puppy, right? You don’t have to give birth to one.

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  34. PS. You know you can just adopt a puppy, right? You don’t have to give birth to one.

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  35. PS. You know you can just adopt a puppy, right? You don’t have to give birth to one.

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  36. PS. You know you can just adopt a puppy, right? You don’t have to give birth to one.

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  37. I also keep telling Damon I hope I’m pregnant with a puppy
    Now that would be an intersting story after three or four beers.

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  38. I also keep telling Damon I hope I’m pregnant with a puppy
    Now that would be an intersting story after three or four beers.

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  39. I also keep telling Damon I hope I’m pregnant with a puppy
    Now that would be an intersting story after three or four beers.

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  40. I also keep telling Damon I hope I’m pregnant with a puppy
    Now that would be an intersting story after three or four beers.

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  41. I also keep telling Damon I hope I’m pregnant with a puppy
    Now that would be an intersting story after three or four beers.

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  42. I also keep telling Damon I hope I’m pregnant with a puppy
    Now that would be an intersting story after three or four beers.

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  43. My Meat name is Leslie.
    I find it of great amusement that Bob Hope’s real name was also Leslie. Ditto Gerald Ford.

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  44. What a great way to wind up with a name. Penelope is very pretty. We’ve been bouncing back and forth between literary references. My dad has been calling the baby Beowulf, and says that’s what he’s going to continue to call him regardless of what we do. Damon calls the baby Gollum. So I’m kind of hoping neither of of those sticks.

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  45. That’s excellent advice. I feel like anyone who doesn’t like a name we pick can wander on over to babycenter.com and see some of those train wrecks coming down the tracks. My favorite of late: Knathan.

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  46. I think that is actually what we’re going to do. That will give him a chance to have some effect on what his own name will be.

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  47. That’s how we named our cat Zoe!
    Oscar is cute, but it is not one you tend to see coming. My cousin named her son Earl about ten years ago and we’re all still trying to wrap our minds around that one.

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  48. I forgot about Roosevelt. See, that’s what happens when you worry about these things too soon.
    Cecil is off the table, though.
    I think we are going to to with the name options list. And of course when we meet him he’ll suggest a new name all his own and all our plans will go right out the window. Which is fine. It won’t be the first time.

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  49. I do know that. But if I adopt one then I have to get Damon to agree. If I give birth to one then who can say I should have seen that one coming?

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  50. Meat name?

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  51. The Rules state that if one follows you home or appears, then you have to take it in. Or at least that’s the way I’ve always interpreted them in The Charter. Just sayin’.

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  52. My name in Meat World — the analogue world. That is to say, in a specific and limited way — um, the real world.
    In the Meat — incarnate — instead of in the Aether.

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  53. Have you seen these?

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  54. My grandfather and uncle were both Leslie, so it’s my daughter’s middle name. I love that name.

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  55. When Ezra was born, my mother asked his name and when I told her she gave me this blank stare and said, “But what are you going to call him?” I said, very slowly, “EZZZZRAAAAHHHHH.” She was afraid it was too weird.

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  56. What an excellent point. And if a puppy happened to be here when Damon got back one day, who could prove it didn’t just follow me home?

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  57. Gotcha. I figured that’s what you meant, but couldn’t quite make the logic. I guess I’ve been a vegetarian so long that meat confuses me.

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  58. Ah, the difference between meat and Meat. 😉
    By the way, at one point I had a clerk who named her daughter “Yashika”. I was able to keep a straight face.

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  59. Not so oddly, it was my father’s middle name.
    Oddly enough, his father’s middle name was Lester.

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  60. Damon is on the right track. All babies are named Gollum at some point. Another fine name is Attila – works for both boys and girls.

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  61. The belongs in the same delightful family as http://www.uglyweddingdresses.com
    I worked with a woman whose husband wanted their daughter’s name to be “LL’s”
    I’m not kidding. He felt that it was somehow the wave of the future.

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  62. That’s such a mom thing to say.
    I think Ezra is a grade A name. It’s hip, it’s classic, it transmits right away — that’s more than most names can say for themselves.

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  63. That sounds like something I would order at a Japanese restaurant.

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  64. Poo on picking a name. you do it in your own time. Its not like you will forget.

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  65. Poo on picking a name. you do it in your own time. Its not like you will forget.

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  66. Poo on picking a name. you do it in your own time. Its not like you will forget.

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  67. Poo on picking a name. you do it in your own time. Its not like you will forget.

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  68. Poo on picking a name. you do it in your own time. Its not like you will forget.

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  69. Poo on picking a name. you do it in your own time. Its not like you will forget.

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  70. Thank you. We loved it and didn’t think it was weird at all, just uncommon but classic. Aniele doesn’t show up in any of the books at all, but Mom didn’t think that one was that odd.

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