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Monday, May 12, 2014

Name Rejects: Boy Edition

Our first time around, we went to the hospital armed with two boy names and about five girl names.  I'm not sure why we bothered; we both knew which names were number one.  We liked to say we wanted to meet the little one first but we knew.  You'd think that the second time around we'd just come back to the table with the unused girl name and the second in line boy name but turns out that's not the case.  In fact, our #2 boy name is no longer in contention and the girl name we had has fallen in the ranks.  We are having a much harder time agreeing this time around.

The hubs suggested I put all of our names on the blog and have people vote, but I don't think I could take the rejection.  Plus, do you really want to be the one who totally nixes a name that we end up picking?  So instead, I decided to make fun of your kids' names.  Ok, wait.  Before I go any further I have to be entirely clear that I'm kidding.  Yes, these are our rejected names, but you've gotta know that they are all names that were on very very short lists so even though we let them go, we loved them.  They were all retired for ridiculous or entirely personal reasons so do not be insulted if your kid's name is on here.  Alright, may I proceed?  Do we all feel good about this?  Good enough.

1. Chase.
This was our only other option going in last time, but now we have Miles and I have a weird thing about having two slightly... directional(?) names.  I don't like that this sentence could ever possibly be uttered: I could Chase you for Miles.  Why would anyone ever say that?  I don't know.  But it bothers me.  Chase is out.

2. Colton/Tripp/Clayton/Deacon/Nash
I love a good southern name but could never convince the hubs, but man did I try.  I would walk around the house announcing "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!  PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR OUR STAR QUARTERBACK... COLT KRATNER!!!!!"  to no avail.  I will however say that there is one southern name remaining, but it's not looking good.

{Side note: yes, I know I spelled our last name wrong and yes, I do know how to spell it.  I try my best to keep our last name and everyone's first names off of here so that if someone trying to find my husband for work doesn't also happen upon videos of him shoving lemon drops into his mouth and spitting them out for fun.  I go by Duffy and then there's "Kiddo".  Not sure what I'll go with for baby #2.  Maybe something really creative like "Baby"?  Ummm... tangent over.}

3. Beau/Bo
This one kills me.  Beau is probably my favorite name.  Bo is also the name of my husband's childhood hero.  And for awhile we actually agreed on it.  Couldn't be more perfect.  Until I wrote it down one day and hubs just could. not. deal.  He thought I wanted to name it Bo.  And I am so anti- that spelling of it.  I can't believe that this name isn't on our list anymore.  It is without a doubt the one name we have always agreed on since the beginning yet we can't agree on the spelling.  So much so that we had to let it go.  I just realized how completely ridiculous we are being about this.  And stubborn.

4. Graham.
Say this one out loud with our last name.  Too close to Graham Cracker.

5. Liam
Love it.  But once it made the list, I started to realize that every class the kiddo is in includes at least one other Liam.  And it's the #2 most popular boys name from last year.  We're not trying to break the mold or anything, but top three is a dealbreaker for me.

So those are our favorite rejected boy names that I'm still sad to see go.  Somehow we still have a list of about ten that we are trying to whittle down.  I'll have girl names up soon.  I know, you can't wait.  I might be slightly misquoting here, but like Alice in Wonderland once said, "What good is a blog with no pictures in it?", so here's a not so exciting peek at the nursery:


  1. Tracy or Sandy. Or Leslie. Girl names for boys are in right now.

    1. Thanks for the heads up. I googled it and apparently Ruth and Vivian were once boy names so those are at the top now too. Also, Sue.

  2. I can so appreciate this post right now... We're having a little boy, and the name picking process was so difficult! Liam was also on our list for a long time, until we realized that every boy in his class would have the same name. So we went with another name instead. :)

    I hope you're having a great week!

    1. Boys are hard b/c you don't want to get too cute with their names. By your wording, sounds like you have a name picked out. Way ahead of us and we have less than 2 weeks to go. Yikes.

  3. I laughed out loud reading this. The best is your second paragraph. There are SO many names that scream football quarterback - and everyone is using them!

    P.S. Clearly I am a new reader b/c I am blowing up all of your comment sections today... =0) Love your blog!

    1. No I love it. You are making my day :)