By Jeana Lee Tahnk
Choosing the name of your baby is such a fun (and sometimes
challenging) endeavor. There are literally millions of options when you
consider the first name, the first name with the middle name, the first
name with the last name. So many combinations to consider! When I came
across name options, it always helped me to consider how well that cute
little baby name would fit on the 40-year-adult the baby would turn
It's also hard to imagine a name without imagining the kind of person
who 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 of
time debating for each one. Because we didn't find out the genders of
any of our kids beforehand, we had to come up with a short list of boy
and girl names for each go-around.
At my baby shower for my first, we had a bowl set up in which people
could throw name suggestions. Of course, with our last name of "Tahnk,"
we had the expected jokesters offer options such as, "Fish," "Army" and
Our kids' first names came from doing the typical baby name
searches-looking through books, searching online and then saying the
name over and over again until we found ones that sounded right.
But for their middle names, we decided to use name of places where
my husband and I had lived. We wanted to have reminders of our travels
and great experiences from our pre-kid days, so our firstborn's middle
name 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 in
San Francisco; and our baby's middle name is the same as an area of
London we walked to almost every other weekend.
These names evoke memories of how my husband and I started our lives
together, and I love that each kid represents one of those amazing
memories. Plus, they make a great story when people ask how we chose
their names. Naming a kid after a restaurant or a street may not be
everyone's first choice, but it works for us. And when it comes to
naming, that's all that matters.
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