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John? Mary? Apple? Indigo? How We Chose a Name

By Jeana Lee Tahnk

Choosing the name of your baby is such a fun (and sometimeschallenging) endeavor. There are literally millions of options when youconsider the first name, the first name with the middle name, the firstname with the last name. So many combinations to consider! When I cameacross name options, it always helped me to consider how well that cutelittle baby name would fit on the 40-year-adult the baby would turninto.

It's also hard to imagine a name without imagining the kind of personwho will personify that name. Do you go sweet? Strong? Traditional?Trendy? Or maybe a name that reminds you of someone, or somewhere?

When it came to naming our kids, my husband and I spent a lot oftime debating for each one. Because we didn't find out the genders ofany of our kids beforehand, we had to come up with a short list of boyand girl names for each go-around.

At my baby shower for my first, we had a bowl set up in which peoplecould throw name suggestions. Of course, with our last name of "Tahnk,"we had the expected jokesters offer options such as, "Fish," "Army" and"Gas." Hardy-har-har.

Our kids' first names came from doing the typical baby namesearches-looking through books, searching online and then saying thename over and over again until we found ones that sounded right.

But for their middle names, we decided to use name of places wheremy husband and I had lived. We wanted to have reminders of our travelsand great experiences from our pre-kid days, so our firstborn's middlename is the same as one of our favorite restaurants in North Carolina;our second child's middle name is the same as the street we lived on inSan Francisco; and our baby's middle name is the same as an area ofLondon we walked to almost every other weekend.

These names evoke memories of how my husband and I started our livestogether, and I love that each kid represents one of those amazingmemories. Plus, they make a great story when people ask how we chosetheir names. Naming a kid after a restaurant or a street may not beeveryone's first choice, but it works for us. And when it comes tonaming, that's all that matters.

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