Saturday, January 10, 2009
Naming the Baby
Yesterday Dear Husband and I visited a local bookstore where we could peruse the half-off tables. You never know what you might find. We found a Stephen White hardback for under $6, a book recently recommended by a friend, a Dover book of royalty-free designs, and a repeat-letter sudoku book -- all for under $25. But the book that I spent most of my time with (because I wasn't going to buy it) was a baby name book.
I'll never forget the day when I was quite young when I discovered a "meaning of names" book at the library. Of course I had to find out what my names, both first and last, meant. Much to my horror my names came together as "girl with the ugly head." No matter how true that might actually be, (just ask my hairdresser) I still find it sad. When I found the baby name book yesterday I decided to remind myself of what our childrens names mean. We have "who is like God?," "holy one," "God's promise," and --------------- "unlucky army-counsellor." What??!!! How could I do that to such a lovely child? Although, with further research, I found that in the book The Worst Baby Name Book Ever, (Why did I think it would be in there?) the listing for this name says, "A beautiful name that means 'bad place.' " A beautiful name it is indeed. And come to think of it, would I really want to live up to a name that meant "who is like God?" or "holy one?" How about you, Middle Daughter?