Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Whats in a name?


Choosing a name for another human being is such a daunting task... the first part of parenting that makes you question your impact on their lives.

Do they look like the name you've chosen?

Will they be negatively affected by it?

Will they be positively affected by it?

Will they someday want to change it?

What types of nicknames can mean children make from it?

Will people try and shorten it because they can't possibly stand to say a 3 syllable word? : )

This is a list associated with biology....

Add to this adoption.... of an older child.... from another country.

First...

Do we keep his name? - yes as his middle name -

What meaning of a name fits the little we know of his first 5yrs of life....

Just for reference Caila means: Who is like God?, Keeper of the keys, Slender, of the forest, pure and beloved. Meaning depends on the origin you are searching for...

So in order to find the perfect name for a beautiful boy whose first 5yrs of life have been a challenge, and whose remaining life needs to be blessed, and to encourage acceptance of those around him into a new culture, new world, but to keep him in touch with his roots how do we choose? ...

We are close... but after weeks of discussion have decided on our rules of choosing:

How to choose a name Rentz Style:

1. Cannot have ever been in consideration previously, even though we have only had Caila and Carter to truly name... after a decade of infertility treatments and the thought of possible pregnancy, these lists are quite numerous.

2. Cannot be in the top 100 names of the Social Security list. - My rule

3. Cannot end in R - Rob's Rule

4. Cannot be rhymed with any bodily functions because kids will make fun of my little brother and I will have to beat them up.... Caila's rule

5. Must not be able to be butchered by any teacher with a Pittsburgh accent.... Love our city but some names just come out all wrong...

6. We cannot have any friends (or family) whose children have the same name- which is difficult many of you have been busy over the last decade : )

7. Needs to sound prestigious with the word Doctor in front it... uh my rule....

8. Needs to sound good on the baseball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, tennis, basketball, golf or curling ( someone please explain this "sport" to me- I really do not get it) circuit...

9. Options 7 and 8 are not real, well maybe 7...

10. Just needs to come home and be my brother...

Number 10 really makes the need for the rest of the rules disappear....


Just out of curiosity, whats in a name for you?


Brandee

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

not sure whats in a name for me...we decided with both kids pretty much a couple days before they were born....they have no crazy meaning, we just like them!! thats my story..lol

good luck,
love, jenn
p.s. if you decide at least give me the first letter so in case we have another boy we dont secretly want the same name!!!