In the age of overwhelming creativity in baby naming, my wonderfully neurotic husband has set quite a few rules that he is determined to not break. This is in addition to the standard factors, like flowing well with Watkins, avoid having embarrassing initials, and no name that reminds of someone either one of us loathe. Luckily, we've already agreed on Sally for Brody's little sister (Brody actually named her before we conceived). However, we've been arguing over the boy name for weeks now.
I would like to introduce the Watkinez Baby-Naming rules (as established by Patrick)! Some make sense, some are super nit-picky. To be honest, I have more fun knocking down Pat's suggestions when they violate his own terms. I probably spend more time doing that than actually thinking of names myself.
1. It must be the original spelling of the name.
There has been a huge trend of creating new spellings of old names. No respellings allowed. I actually agree with Patrick on this rule. I can only imagine how frustrating it can be for someone having to correct others on how to spell their name, due to their parents' creativity. There are only so many times you can blame the coffee barista for misspelling your name. It's not their fault that your parents decided to use an X instead of CKS. Jaxon? Jackson? Confuse me!
2. No top ten list of the past five years.
Remember those classmates that went through school as Emma B and Emma P, John F and John S? I have a friend that I still call Amanda G, even though she's the only Amanda around (it originated because we had two Amandas at the work place). Even though we don't want to get too visionary with the name, we still want there to be a bit of singularity. To avoid this, we already crossed these names off our list.
3. It cannot start with the letter B
We have a pretty good reason for this one: Brody. We just don't want two kids with B names. Though we have teased Brody that we would name the boy Brody Junior (he hates that joke).
4. It cannot be a nickname
The biggest conflict! I love the names Louie and Alfie, but I'm not a fan of Louis or Alfred. Patrick loves the nicknames too, but insists on the actual name being the original name. Even if we never call the little guy by that name, I just cringe at knowing we'd have to put that on every document forever. I don't mind using a nickname form as the name, but Pat is sticking to the rules. Both of us have been pretty stubborn on this subject.
5. It cannot be pronounced more than one way.
I will kindly refer you to rule #1. Same principle. We'd love to avoid this (click here)
6. It has to be a name. No things, cities, or made up words.
No Phoenix, no Apple, and sadly, no Seven. This name will be on applications, resumes, government documents. We are naming a person, not a pet. I would probably guess this is Patrick's number one rule.
7. Nothing related to popular literary or film characters.
I love the name Arya (Game of Thrones). Pat claims it's not a real name, plus it is not the original spelling (Aria is). So that's two strikes already. Also, now because of the popularity of the series, Arya is climbing the popular baby naming charts at #277. It's not anywhere close to the top ten but, we'd like to avoid anything like the Bella craze via Twilight.
8. Cannot blatantly show our love for Disney, because then we are just crazy.
There are hundreds of names in the Disney collection, so the majority wouldn't be seen as a Disney-fanatic choice. However, there are certain names that are very Disney-ish. Pat and I really like the name Mickey, because of the old school feel of it. You know, like Mickey Mantle? However, we are way too into Disney (we have a blog to prove it), and most would assume the little guy was named after Mickey Mouse. We may love Disney, but what if our kid doesn't? He'd hate his name.
9. No X's or Z's.
This is Pat's thing completely. I'm assuming he doesn't like the sound. That's why Brody's first pick for a boy name was shot down immediately: Max. I'm neither here nor there for this rule, so I'd rather back down on battling for these letters.
10. It cannot rhyme with a part of the female anatomy.
Pretty sure this is self-explanatory: Dolores.
I have never really thought about what goes into baby naming, even though I have already named one. Patrick clearly has. Obviously, these aren't the rules the world goes by, and I'm not saying they should either. With that said, whenever I tell someone about these "requirements", they are always fascinated by them. It's neurotically anal and crazy, not to mention it adds a ton of pressure. Still, life is already hard enough. Why add a difficult name to the list of things to battle? Seriously, Abcde? That's straight up mean.
"This is not an opportunity to be creative," Patrick argues. "It's about naming a human being."
Can't argue with that. Believe me, I've tried. :)
What would you add to the list?