Some people say that having a child is a big decision. I say naming the child is even bigger! Although there was time for me to think and reflect about names, I soon learned of my glaring deficiencies.
You see, my wife had spent some “time” thinking about names too. If you call developing and upgrading an EXCEL-sheet of all possible first names and middle names, combinations thereof, and shortened/nick-name subcategories, as well as pie-charts of popular names for the past decade simply “thinking about names.”
I now know how Capt. Kirk must have felt facing the Klingons and their cloaking technology for the first time. Bit of a disadvantage to start.
SO when I had to throw my choices for names into the “neutral zone” for discussion, I took a page out of the NCAA Tournament & March Madness and set up Name Brackets. I’ll stick with boy names. Here is how I generally seeded my names.
1. Initial Throw Aways: These are sort of your double digit seeds, 10-16, you know the Cinderella teams. (Cinderella was never considered!) Names basically dead upon arrival…unless by some miracle they get through the first few rounds. Tough to think of middle names with these though, another reason why they had no chance.
Examples: Goku, Gohan, Darth, Naruto, Kakashi, Sodium, Jedi, Tiberius, Wolverine, Grande Mocha. Yes, I like anime, Sci-fi, and grande mocha’s…..especially all at the same time.
2. Fair Considerations: Lower single digit seeds, 5-9. Names that are actually possible, but a lot of other stuff has to happen for them to make it. Usually paired with a middle name which strengthened their chances.
Examples: Bruce Lee, Clark Kent, Roman James, Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Gandalf Grey. I wonder how I came up with these…hmmm.
3. The Favorites: The coveted high seeds, 1-4. These names have all the attributes anyone could wish for. Strong, dynamic, unique, adventurous, meaningful, and balanced with an equally talented middle name. Typically names not ruined by students we have taught……very crucial!
………did you really think I would post these great names…….we are thinking of having more children……. so we will hold on to these for now!
It was a lot of fun developing and sharing names, especially since we decided not to know the sex of the baby until D-Day! Through all the laughs and eye-rolling and serious reflection……Asher Matthew….was the winner.