1437. Naming the baby

Choosing a name for the baby is almost impossible these days. It’s a boy and I have been going through lists on the internet and everywhere else.

At first I thought of something simple like John, with no middle name. Just plain John. Then I thought that some people would start calling him Jack, and even though I like John I don’t like Jack.

I also thought of James. But James sounds a bit snooty and upper class. I like Jim but some people would think it stood for James.

It’s the transmutation of names that bugs me. For example, Bartholomew would get shortened to Bart. Michael would get shortened to Mick or Mike. Richard becomes Dick, Anthony becomes Tony, Bernard becomes Barney. The only way around all this would be to go for something unusual, so that’s where I started looking.

So I considered Zenith and Steinway and Fahrenheit. In the end I settled on Caligula. For a few days and then I changed my mind. Perhaps Reginúlfr. What do you think?

Help! I keep changing my mind. I know I have to decide. He starts school on Monday.

28 thoughts on “1437. Naming the baby

  1. swo8

    For goodness sakes, please don’t call him Caligula. My brother’s name is David and so is one of our sons. How about David Jonathan?
    Leslie

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  2. Paul Beech

    Hi Bruce,

    It’s a tough one, I know.

    I’d suggest Truk (Kurt spelt backwards) but some people might think he was a vehicle for carrying heavy goods. Or Heit, but some might think he was demanding to know how tall they were.

    Don’t worry, I’ve got my thinking cap on. Nobleeja? Ollute?

    My very best,

    Paul (Ah, the perfect name!)

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  3. Sarah Angleton

    This one hits too close to home. Naming boys is hard. Our oldest is Elijah because we liked the nickname Eli, but it didn’t fit well with the middle name we had picked out. Then he went to kindergarten and declared that he was a big boy who would use his big name. Only pretty girls are allowed to call him Eli now. You can’t win.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      LOL! I think Elijah is a terrific name! I never liked my own name – (and still don’t much). All my brothers and sisters have names of 2 or 3 syllables and they’re easier to say with “Goodman” than monosyllabic ones like mine!!

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