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275 the Name Game

275 the Name Game

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Published by J.A.Morgan
I wrote about our efforts to decide on a name for our baby.
I wrote about our efforts to decide on a name for our baby.

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Published by: J.A.Morgan on Aug 30, 2012
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The Name Game
We haven't found a name for you yet.Granted, it will be a lot easier once we've learned whether you will be a girl or a boy. With Kayla,we had a list of final choices for either gender, and with Josh it was a little easier because hegot the name that his sister didn't get. A lot of names have been bounced around, but here are a few of my thoughts.I suggested Chloe if you are a girl. It's short, and doesn't seem so common. I've learned,though, that a lot can happen to a name in, say, ten years. When we picked the name Kayla for your older sister, I had never actually heard of it before. Now it's not so commonplace, but everyonce in a while I do run into other Kaylas, and most of them are children (hah! It just shows thatwe started a trend). At least we didn't pick names like Jennifer or Hailey (I swear that right nowthere are about a 100 girls named Hailey attending the Shepherd Public Schools, and four of them live right here in our neighborhood).When I suggested the name, I explained to your mom that there was a main character from theshow "24" named Chloe. She was a smart computer analyst. Someday when you are older, Imight be able to explain to you what "24" is all about. It's possible that after you are born theywill start making movies based on the show, so maybe I'll just take you to see one of them.I like names that are either short or can be shortened. "Josh," for example, is a short version of "Joshua." This allows me to call your brother by a more informal name most of the time, butthen when he gets into trouble I will use his full name. I always thought that "Kayla" could beshortened to "Kay," but I haven't heard too many people do it. Her name is already pretty short,so I guess that would qualify as more of a nickname.I was watching a movie on Netflix called "Darkness Falls" (a horrible movie, by the way) whichhad a main character named "Kyle." I heard the name, and thought "that would be a great namefor a boy." But, I slowly discounted it because I began to realize that whenever movies featurecharacters named Kyle, they are usually:Cursed with mutant or supernatural powers;Alone and misunderstood;Have mad scientist fathers who suddenly turn up missingStill, it does have the virtue of being both (1) short; and (2) rarely used. Although I think this year your sister has a teacher at school with the first name Kyle."Luke" would also be an interesting choice, but I'm pretty sure your mom would veto it. Whether you are a girl or a boy, you will eventually learn that one of the main characters from the coolestseries of science fiction movies ever is named Luke Skywalker. Well, he was actually only in thefirst three movies (which, as it turns out, are really the last three in the series) but when I wasgrowing up he was the ultimate science fiction hero. I've known a couple of people named Luke.For example, there is a computer technician who responses to our technical support questionsat work, for example.One thing that happens when we are going through possible names is that we will excludecertain ones based on kids we've known or names that have already been used in the family.1

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