Oh, the agonizing that goes on in this house on what to name our children. Seriously, it is not even funny. Mia didn’t even have a middle name until she was 2 days old, that’s how pathetic it is.
Part of the problem is that we want to find names that work phonetically in both English and Portuguese. Yes, pop culture has introduced the whole world to English/American names so it’s not like people couldn’t learn it or say it, but we just like the idea of having names that are simple to say phonetically and that could work in many different languages. It’s just something that we would like to pass on to our kids. A name that is in some ways international…that if their name is ever called off of a list in another country that it won’t be super butchered or that they can have their name as is, not translated. (Side note: Mia’s name, Amilia, while phonetic in several languages is by no means a name that Portuguese speakers are used to, so while they can read it well they look at us and say “oh, how original” when they hear it. Our plan sort of worked with her 🙂 sheesh, just when you think you have it all figured out)
So, you can see how this could get tricky. And for some reason boy names are even harder than girl names. If Mia were to have come out a boy, he would have had to be Amilia Kate because we had ZERO name options in that delivery room.
It’s not looking so good at this point, either.
I have friends due right around the same time as me and they already have names picked out. Names. First and middle. Wow. I’m always impressed when people have names that quickly.
But, I’m confident that we will find something to put on this baby’s birth certificate. And hopefully we’ll love it as much as we do our girl’s name. It won’t be easy, I’m sure.
To help in our quest for a name, we’re reading through a baby name book – 60,000 names there’s gotta be something in there we can use. Surely. But oh, are there some doozies. In the girl section there were things like Schmoopie. Really? Schmoopie? I wish I had shared some of those gems with you last time so I’ve decided that over on my list blog, I’ll feature some of the names we will NOT be choosing for this kid. Just for some comedic relief for me (and you) in this difficult process. “A” names are already up…check back often as I go through the alphabet.