Friday, October 22, 2010

A Name

As you probably know, I am currently pregnant with our second child. And as you probably know, we found out about a month ago that this second child is a sweet baby boy. The ONLY problem with that is that we cannot decide on a name!

I had a feeling this baby was a boy, so we had a few boy names picked out before we went to the ultra sound. But low and behold, I am just not satisfied. I LOVE the three names, but I am having doubts about it being the right name for our baby. I just don't have a peace about any of the names yet. I know that probably seems silly, but hear me out.

Daniel wanted to name our first son Nathaniel Alan. It is a name that he has loved for more than 10 years.Turns out, I don't like the name Nathaniel. Now, don't get me wrong, its a great name. But try as I might, I really could not see our baby having that name. And besides, if we name our child Nathaniel I want people to call him Nathaniel. Not Nate or Nathan, but Nathaniel. Most people don't care what your kids name is, if it can be shortened they will shorten it. Heck, they may even CHANGE the name all together! People call Zachariah "Zachary", which is a totally different name altogether. Its kinda our biggest pet peeve ever. Zac? Yes. You can call him that. In fact, sometimes he will call himself Zac. What about Z? Yes. You can call him that too. (I think my dad calls him Z more than he does Zachariah. Its a cute nickname and we use it a lot when I don't feel like typing out his whole name, so we are obviously fine with that.) Zachary? Absolutely not. That is in no way, shape or form his name.

Ok. Stepping off my soap box.

Anyway. All that to say, I was not digging the name Nathaniel for our baby. We didn't settle on a name until I was around 7 months pregnant. And when we talked about the name Zachariah I could totally see our kid having that name. I didnt have second thoughts a few weeks later, I didn't try to look through the baby books and find one that might work better for him. I was really at peace with that name for our son.

Why am I telling you all of this useless information? The answer is quite simple, really.

I need help naming my kid.

I seriously need some fresh name ideas. It is overwhelming going through a billion page baby book, in alphabetical order. I know everyone has favorite baby names, so I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it if you all would suggest a few names. At least three. But I would be even more thrilled with five. And even MORE thrilled with a 24 page book report from each of you.

Just kidding about that book report thing.

Two things to keep in mind:
1. We like unique names. Not weird and ridiculous names, but ones you don't hear everyday. Names like Joe, Sam, Bob and Billy are not something we are necessarily going for.

2. It does not have to be Biblical. While we love a good biblical name, it is not a must when naming our child. Just because our first born has a biblical name does not mean the rest of our kids will.

Ok, so shout out some suggestions! It can be a list of your favorite names, a list of your kids names (provided they are boys) or just a list of names you think we might like. I will keep you all posted on the naming process and let you know if we end up choosing one of your suggestions!

Oh, and because of my handy dandy blog counter I know how many people view my blog each day. I KNOW that even though I get 0-4 comments per post, there are 50-60 people view this blog on a regular basis. I am not expecting ALL of the lurkers to come out of hiding, but if I don't have a good number of comments I will be holding a grudge. :)


Josh Mackey said...








And one of MY personal faves:


It's kinda out there, but it is actually biblical and means "wolf" I saw it one day and just loved it. I'm just not sure if you would want two Z's.

So I may have gone kinda overboard, but now you have plenty to choose from ;) Hope I helped!!

Brittany said...


jamie b said...

love Jude


um, that's all i can think of right now b/c those are 2 of my favorites. :)

Ruth Anne Crews said...

So, because I LOVE names. I will comment...haha


those a few of my favorites

Kim Sumner said...

Well, we were going to name our baby Caden Nicholas if it was a boy, but since we are having a girl...that name just won't do for now! I also love:
Jolsten (nickname Jojo)
Hope you find names you like! :) And I'm totally right there with you with nicknames. We were going to name our girl Abigail Rose, but I do NOT like the nickname Abby so we thought it best to just change it to Kennedy. :)

Hayley. said...

Well, you know of the three you had decided on what I like best.

And I've mentioned it before, but I personally like Levi, Ephraim, and Cameron.

But who knows, my adopted children will probably just keep whatever name they were given because this seems very difficult! :)

Anonymous said...

I know you have considered David as a middle name. Just want to say it would be an honor for you to use this name or even the whole name if you wanted. But we are also fine with you not doing this.

Have you considered Howell??? UM, maybe not since he would then become Howie.

Others I like: Joel and Levi.
OK, this is hard. Glad it's your decision!!!


Emily said...

Jagger, Micah, Jonah, Levi, Greyson

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you will find The name, it might not be until you get to see him face to face, then you will know!

tammi said...

I think since your last name is only 2 syllables that a short 1 syllable name sounds choppy (I'm a real freak about how names SOUND)
So like, "Hi I'm Jude Titus" or "My name is Cole Titus" just doesn't have the same "flow" as Zachariah Titus or something longer. It sounds more like a sneeze. kwim? Or am I just weird?
Weird. I figured.

Anyhoo.....I'm trying to think of names that I liked but Steve shot down (there were a lot) :)
Let's see, there was:

Alexander (and call him Xander) - I tried this one for all 3 kids and Steve just didn't like it. boo :(
Oh, and I also love Kim's suggestion of Caden. :)

Good luck! Choosing baby names is FUN! :)

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