I suppose if I need something to freak out about, this is as good as anything else

As I mentioned before (even earlier in my pregnancy than this ridiculously early post), if Sandy ends up belonging to the hot dog half of the hamburger-hot dog population, we’ve already got a name picked out. It’s an awesome, cool, unusual, non-yet-overused, legitimately-from-my-immediate-family-not-a-third-cousin-twice-removed-in-law name.

But y’all, as much as I am TOTALLY COMPLETELY 100% IN LOVE with this name, I am skeered. Skeered people are going to think I’m a crazy person, skeered it’s a totally stupid thing to name a baby, skeered that the internet is going to mock me. I can’t even bring myself to put the name out there – not here on the blog, not on the baby message boards, not to anyone besides my parents and E’s parents and one friend I knew would understand. E actually told a few relatives a while back while I made desperate cringing “no don’t say it don’t say it DON’T” faces behind their backs. Then I ran away before anyone could react so I don’t know what they thought. I just can’t stand the thought of someone saying “Oh. Really? Are you sure?” to a name that I’ve got my heart set on.

I have no idea why this is bothering me so much. I do not live in an area where everyone calls their babies Bob or Mike or Jacob. I know Lucien, Calvin, Tristan, Reid, Brody and Gideon, all of which I would put in the same category as the name I want to use. And now that I’ve heard them 10, 20, 500 times none of those names seem even a tiny bit strange. They aren’t even “baby names” anymore – they’re just people I know, although admittedly tiny, drooling, crap-their-pants people.

My name isn’t even unheard of. I sent a totally crazy stalker Twitter direct message to a blogger who happened to mention her nephew was named my very special secret name. (I may have scared her with my craziness and/or questions.) I also freaked out when I saw MY name on a list of unusual names that are gaining popularity – and according to a few websites it’s now in the top 200 most common. I promise it’s not Heahstan or Cenwig or Kinkson or Syre or anything else from the Baby’s Named a Bad, Bad Thing collection (WARNING: That link is a giant time suck. HUGE. DO NOT CLICK unless you have several hours to waste.) I promise I’m not really a crazy person. I promise even my own mother thinks it’s a fantastic name.

I also promise to stop talking about it now until I know for sure if we even GET to use it. Because the more I stress now, the more likely this baby will end up being a girl anyways. So it won’t even matter.

And for the record, if you’re DYING to know what the name is, send me an email or a Twitter DM or something. It’s not a secret, I’m just SKEERED.


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20 Responses to “I suppose if I need something to freak out about, this is as good as anything else”

  1. TMae says:

    Voted. :o)

  2. Other Erin says:

    You know that since this is bothering you so much, the baby will belong to the hamburger club.

    Also, email me the name!

  3. Amanda says:

    Voted! And of course we will all want to know what the name is! We thought of Finn as a name for a boy and that’s pretty weird so it can’t be that bad!

  4. brigidkeely says:

    However bad you think, it cannot be that bad.

    Unless it’s Aspen.

    Is it Aspen?

    • bebehblog says:

      I can safely say it is NOT Aspen or any other city in Colorado. Wait, I don’t think it is. I should probably Google that.

  5. I just voted for you, and am emailing you now to find out the name b/c I’m dying to know.

    i think as long as you stay away from names that are impossible to pronounce with a ton of consonants all together, or naming your bub after either a celebrity baby (seriously someone I know from college just had a bub and named him freaking Maddox.) or a designed (I’m looking at YOU celebrity who named your kid Hermes) you fine.

    And really, if it makes you happy to name your first born after Angelina Jolie’s kid, then who am i to judge :)

  6. mandy says:

    a) it’s a GREAT name.
    b) i was not skeered.
    c) who gives a tit what the interwebz thinks? you clearly LOVE the name. DO IT!


  7. Sarah says:

    Hey, are you saying that Calvin poops in his pants?!? Hey! Oh, wait…

    OK, I need to know the name!

    • Sarah says:

      Also, the names I couldn’t talk Aaron into were Walter and Gilbert. If it is one of those I will be jealous of you forever.

  8. andrea says:

    We broke many rules when we named Bresho (Mateusz). The name is not in English, it has some weird consonants together and it is difficult to pronounce (mateoosh). Everywhere we go (other than Poland) people ask at least three times if we can repeat the name because they don’t get it. Bresho will probably spend his entire life spelling it for people and telling them, “No, it’s not MATEO, it’s MA-TE-OOSH”… or hewill end up giving up and asking people to call him “Mat” (oh-no). So yeah, we broke ALL the rules (except naming him after a celebrity’s baby…. unless there is some really famous Polish celebrity whose kid is called Mateusz). Who cares? We love the name and it is special to us.
    My point is, you shouldn’t care what people think… you should be proud of your baby’s name and most importantly? I NEED TO KNOW THE NAME RIGHT NOW.
    love you!

  9. FourInchHeels says:

    Just be sure you’re not giving the kid a name that is easily ridiculed (like the old classmate of mine who almost named their kid Harold Richard LastName. REALLY, FOLKS? Thankfully someone pointed out the error of their ways just in time) and you’ll be set.

    Or you could just keep naming up subsequent babies Evan (what’s the girl version? Eva? Evana? Evina?) and solve the problem all together.

  10. raincheckmom says:

    Just preface telling anyone the name that you named him in honor of your beloved (relative) and that should make them think twice about negative comments!

  11. Kim says:

    We decided not to tell what we are naming baby boy number 2 because we got enough flack for the name Fletcher. People love it now, but in theory some names are hard to imagine on a baby.

    I am kinda curious tho…. might have to DM you lol

    • Amanda says:

      Ooh, we’re thinking about Fletcher too. But then everyone on the internet is all snotty about what they claim are last names being used as first names. But Fletcher has been around as a first name for ever (and also a lot of people on the internet really need to get over themselves).

  12. afteriris says:

    As the mother of a Morris, I say: go for it! My sister is called Romaney, which is a fairly unusual but totally legitimate family name on my mother’s side. She has always loved her name, and it completely suits her in every way.

  13. your sister says:

    yes. i’m a need that name asap thanks.

  14. For what it’s worth, I love the name! I even got all excited that the random people that sat behind us in church had a baby with that name and told them all about how that was gonna be your new baby name…and they were all like “and we should care because? Please turn around.” ….But then again, my kids name IS in the list of “unusual” names you know :)

  15. your sister says:


  16. Emmie Bee says:

    Uhhhh. Yeah I need to know the name and STAT. kthanx

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