As discussed Wednesday, it won't be Morpheus — sorry if I made you believe otherwise, even sorrier if you didn't find it funny and sorry again to my mom who was hoping against hope for this awesome name.
So, what will the name be?
Well if you're looking for a reveal right now, sorry again. We're not telling anyone just yet, and here's an explanation why.
So, this is about as big of a 180 as you'll ever see us take.
The fact is, our decision to withhold the name is not necessarily about us. To the extent that people are interested that you're having a kid, they're just as interested in what you'll name it.
First, they ask the gender and next, they ask the name.
When you tell someone you're having a boy or a girl they're happy for you, whether the baby's got a Y chromosome or not. And when you tell them the name of your child they're also happy for you — sometimes.
A Digression — A Couple of Arbitrary Rules for Naming Your Kid
- No naming your child after luxury cars or perfumes. Like sending your your kid to school wearing a top hat and monocle, this has the opposite of the intended effect.
- Rethink the apostrophe.
- Don't find a new spelling for an old proper noun. The 'U' in Jupiter is fine. No need to make it "Joopiter."
- Don't name your child after an impoverished African nation. Sierra? Fine. Leone? Also fine. Sierraleone? Not fine. Ditto for Ivorycoast. (And of course, people have used both those names.)
- Finally, in the immortal words of author Drew Magary, "Don't invent a name. Most inventions fail."
Alright, back on track. It's one thing to be an opinionated
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And what would Ransom or Subaru's parents think of me after this exchange.
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For her part, my sweet, loving wife might not be so forgiving.
Here, I'll defer to my wife who put it thusly: "If they don't like the name, it's not going to make me like the name less. It's going to make me like them less."
That right there folks, is some cold business.
Sweet as she is, Mrs. Blackwell does not play. And if you want to give her your thoughts on a baby name, you'd best be sporting a cool name yourself and God help you if your kid is named Happyness (spelling error included).
Above all, what I take from my research and discussions on names is that things get complicated and deeply emotional, very quickly.
So to answer that age old question "what's in a name?" My answer: more than I ever knew.
FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
Here's some of the stranger names I ran across in researching names. Sources include NBC, the Social Security web site, Yahoo! News and the Associated Press.
Jcelon, Hatch, Tuf, Xzaiden, Subaru Power, Kyndle, Vice
Pemberley, Envie, Rarity, Snowy, Temprince, Lexus, Citron