It's almost time to meet baby #3 (a month away) and we need to come up with a name. Honestly we haven't put much thought into it. Maybe it's because of the fact that it's our third child, a third boy. We're running out of boy names here.
A name is a big deal since you're stuck with it for the rest of your life, or until you're old enough to go to the courthouse and change it to something like Ochocinco. I'm not a fan of my own name. I don't like saying it. I don't like the way it sounds. But it's my name and I've learn to live with it. So when picking a name for my own child, I want to make sure it's a name that he will like and most importantly, meet most (if not all) of my criteria for a name. Absolute Rules:
Rule #1 - No duplicates. If someone in the family or close friend already has that name, we cannot use it. This is problematic since we both have large families.
Rule #2 - The starting letter of the name cannot duplicate any of the previous kids. That means any "J" or "A" names are out.
Rule #3 - Universal spelling of a name. I want a name that has only one way of being spelled. People constantly misspell my name. Even Lynn's name gets hacked and written as "Linh" or "Lyn" (so gross).
Preferences (not absolute):
Rule #4 - Two syllable name. Anything more is too long to say. And a one syllable name like Jack (which I like) is just too short and won't have the ability for the next rule.
Rule #5 - Nickname ability. It's fun to have a nickname. Only your friends and family can call you by your nickname.
Rule #6 - Not a top 10/popular baby name. I have always liked the name Jacob but out of nowhere it became one of the top baby names. I blame those damn Twilight movies. This baby will definitely not be named Aidan, Aiden, Aden, Cayden, Caden, Kayden, Kaden, Braden, Brayden, Jayden, Jaden, Jadon, or Hayden.
Rule #7 - Common theme. Currently the boys have the common theme of having saint names. It would be nice to keep the trend going but I'm okay if it ends with the third baby.
Rule #8 - No bad association. Through life you meet a lot of a-holes and idiots and you wouldn't want to name your child after one. So I'll never name my son Steven (jerk) or BJ (silent farter). And I'll keep away from the obvious names like OJ and Adolf.
So with all of my rules (and Lynn's approval), I have come up with baby #3's name...