Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Choosing A Name

I am already having a headache.
I had thought I had solved this problem, but it's come back...

What name to give to this baby boy?

I have Googled this and I have "chosen" a few names I thought with quite good meaning... but the criteria for me for choosing a name comes as such:

1. Good meaning.
2. Sounds good to the ear.
3. Can be pronounced without a problem by our non English speaking relatives.
4. It has to start with the mighty letter 'M'.

No. 3 is really the hardest criteria to fulfill.

Already, when I look at the quite cool sounding names with good meaning... I can imagine how they will be mispronounced and maybe even be made a joke of because it may sound like something else in Cantonese.

My mom, for one, may not make a joke of a 'strange' name, but I shall not torture her with grandchild whose name she cannot call properly, and have the other grandkids, especially my boys, constantly trying to correct her because she cannot twist her tongue in such a way to pronounce certain sounds.

Sigh...

When we had to choose a name for Max it was hard enough.
So we finally agreed that Maxwell, meaning full in wellness, was a good name. Max sound pretty cool too, and no problem for our non-English speaking relatives, especially my mom.

So ...

Actually, I thought of the name Marq, like Marc/Mark.
(thought of this after we decided on Maxwell, that should we have another boy, this would be it.)
Cool right, with the 'Q' in a name?
Also, it's easy for our non-English speaking relatives...

But ...

We, Gadget-daddy and I, are now not so comfortable with the name.

It's to do with a close friend we have, who stays near by.
His parents also stay near by.
We all go way back into school days, and we are all still very good friends (he is also married and has a son.)
We meet up quite often (a few times a year is pretty good for friend we have since school days),
usually either at his place or ours.

The thing is,...
He and I kinda have a past...
something that didn't quite happen, though it was probably just a whisper away...
(Yes, yes, something sounding like an extract from a teenage romance novel. Hahaha...)
which would require a whole different post to tell that story...
(Please pardon my rambling...)

Anyway...
the point is...

Still no name yet.

Pfffhhhh.

8 comments:

milochel said...

What about.. MOSES ?? wahhh..

And i din know you had a past with Mark.. =.=''' i know who that is...

Moomykin said...

Well, Moses does not really have a nice meaning, although he was a famous character...

Plus I can already imagine the kind of nicknames relatives would come up with. Poor baby.

Ahh.. did you miss the part i said that it "did not happen"? Yes, it's that friend of ours that you know. Tell you our story some other time. Kinda funny, actually.

Ann said...

Oooohhh....names with a past is dangerous!

But then again, if the name does not have a past, and have all the criterias you speak off, chances are it has already been used by just someone in church!

Sigh....big headache with names!

But when GOD gives you 'the' one, it feels like there was NO BETTER name for your child!

Maybe God will whisper a name to you tonight! :)

Something About Us said...

take your time to source for a name that you are comfortable with. you still have a few months to go hor?

- Ling

little prince's mummy said...

You still have plenty of time to think of a nice name... Don't worry, I'm sure you'll come up with a nice name very soon~~~

Moomykin said...

Thanks, Mummies, for all your encouragements.

Yes, I am glad there is time to sort this out.
Phew...

JLow said...

I was gonna say, what Gadget-daddy doesn't know won't hurt him, but I guess now that it's on the internet, chances are he would too ;)

One of Caitlin's classmates is Mikhail. I thought it was rather extraordinary name being used on an Asian.

With your "dilemma", my first instinct was to run through the vowels as the second letter!

Moomykin said...

jlow,

Oh, Gadget-daddy and I have no secrets.
We sometimes tease each other of old crushes and the could-have-been-ex's. But we are just so glad we have each other.

I also know a Mikhail at the play group. Too close to Micah (we pronounce his name as "me-kah"). So we are looking at some possibilities... but maybe need to see the baby's face first. :)