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.