We’ve asked not to be told the sex of FutureBaby, even though Kate’s doctors know it, having done an amniocentesis to screen for genetic defects. So far, they’ve been very good about not hinting at anything. We may have cause to reconsider this decision, though, as we get deeper into the issue of names.
There’s really nothing for exposing latent class prejudices like thinking about baby names. Not only do I cringe at names that have a hillbilly sort of ring to them, I also reflexively shy away from names that are too “Yuppie.” This is somewhat ironic, because in social class terms, I’m solidly in the group of people who use those names, but there you go.
Anyway, after some deliberation, we’ve adopted a systematic approach, with each of us going through a couple of recent lists of popular baby names and crossing off thins we find unacceptable for whatever reason (any girls’ name ending in “-elle” is out, for example, because I don’t want to stick a child with a rhyming pair of names). This has cut it down to forty-ish (total for both genders– slightly more boys’ names survived, make of that what you will), all of which look perfectly acceptable to me. Now it gets difficult.
For amusement purposes only, though, I’ll throw this open to the Internet:
What should we name FutureBaby?
One suggestion per gender per comment, please. I’m not half foolish enough to promise to use any of these, but it’s possible that somebody out there might have a great idea for a baby name that we haven’t thought of. So have at it.
This is your one and only chance for name-related commentary, by the way. When we make a final choice, it’s final, and that’s that. I’m undecided as to whether I’ll be posting the name at all, or whether I’ll use some sort of nickname to provide FutureBaby a tiny bit of distance from this blog, but regardless, you won’t be told our choice until after the birth, if ever.