Wednesday, April 11, 2007

the name game

I'd like to state up front that my comments here should in no way be taken as an announcement of any kind.

Over Easter dinner on Sunday my cousin Alison told me that her sister (the older one, the one that I'm closest in age to, one of my favorite cousins) just had her second daughter. Good news, right? And then Alison told me the new baby's name. And it was my name. MY name! The name I chose years ago for my own daughter! Clearly I had laid claim to that name. It's mine. MINE! But, apparently, no, it's not. It now belongs to the new-born daughter of my cousin, who has every right to use the name because, well, she had a baby first.

What is it about being a girl that made me choose years ago the names I wanted for my children? Even before I knew what their last name would be, I had my choices firmly set.

In related news, knowing the pain of growing up a Jennifer, I found this article amusing. Why isn't the name Jennifer coming back into popularity? I can't use it, but I encourage all of you to seriously consider it. I mean, think about it. It's definitely feminine. Everyone knows how to spell it. It will remind you of me. Pretty much it's a win/win.

And no, I'm not going to tell you what the name was. Because then you might steal it, too.


Janssen said...

I read that same article yesterday and laughed myself sick. SO funny!

Chloe Elizabeth said...

At least it wasn't a sibling. It's not like you are going to live next to your cousin or like you will see her every Christmas, is it?

Chloe Elizabeth said...

And how fun that the historically (in my history) unpopular, old-fashioned (that's right, it's not a new name) Chloe made into an article about names!

Mom101 said...

Hey, thanks for the link!

And fear not, the way our generation is naming the kids Sadie and Sam and Max and Lucy, no doubt our grandkids will have a Jennifer or two in their midst.

Sherry said...

I think it's still okay for you to use it. A relative recently told me that ALL names are fair game. Your kid, you can name it.

I'm Janssen's old roommate, by the way, and sometimes I read your blog instead of doing homework. It's far more entertaining.