Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Baby Names, Part II

Part of a plow we saw last weekend.

Wanna know what Oliver could have been named?


The close second was.....


Gilbert

Not really after Gilbert Blythe, of course. Just 'cause we like the name, it isn't too common but it isn't weird, and Gil would be a great nickname. My main hesitation with this name was that it started with a G, which isn't that common of a letter for names, and we already have Gabriel, and I thought it would be kind of odd to have those two names in a row. In the end Chad just liked Oliver better, so that gave it the winning edge.

Now for the name I really really really loved, and Chad just couldn't warm up to....


Carver

I like it because it is unique but still a familiar word, so I don't think the sound of it is jarring at all. In my mind it is a little artsy and kinda granola, but still manly at the same time. Also it kind of reminds me of the name "Measure" from the Alvin Maker books, and I really love that name, but it is too out there for even me. I still think Carver rocks, but Chad is never going to like it, so feel free to use my wonderfully-creative-without-being-too-weird name if you want it. If you don't like it, go stand in the corner with my boring husband.

If you missed Baby Names, Part I, here is it.

16 comments:

Ashley said...

Gil reminds me of that character on the simpsons. Poor ol' Gil.

Katie said...

Yeah, that was another point against the name, though it is one of our favorite characters.

Olivia Carter said...

Oh I kind of like the name Carver. Maybe by the next one you'll have warmed Chad up to it.

I certainly won't steal it. I'm not cruel enough to name my son Carver Carter.

Christie said...

I was actually kind of expecting you to go with Gilbert. I like the Guilbert spelling of our Scottish ancestors, but I wouldn't do that to a kid except maybe as a middle name. I have a secret third girl name I've really been loving lately and I heard it at McDonald's today on a 4 year old...made me like it even more.

Christie said...

Oh, and the last time you posted about baby names it turned out you were pregnant...Irish Twins?!

Chad Coleman said...

Irish twins are not possible at this juncture.

I just couldn't do Carver. It was just too far out there for me. I don't mind the name Gil a whole lot, but it would be a constant reminder of the character from Simpsons. This is an impromptu ranking of the 3 most pathetic characters on the Simpsons:

1. Moe Syzlak (Local bar owner)
2. Gil (Salesman)
3. Kirk Van Houten (Millhouse's dad)

Katie said...

Moe may be suicidal and disgusting, but at least he is a successful business owner. Gil cannot hold down a job to save his life.

James said...

Carver reminds me too much of the kindergardener I saw named Blade. Then there's the kids out here... Cobra, Jet Ski, Pooh, Jack Daniels. These are official names, not nicknames.

I don't see anything wrong with having "G" as an initial, so long as the rest of the initials don't lead to embarrasment.

Ashley said...

Christie - secret names?! No fair, you've gotta tell us! And you are right, Katie was being a sneaky pregnant girl when she posted that last "name" post! Sneaky, sneaky Katie.

I'll go join boring Chad in the corner on the name "Carver". Just can't picture it. I'm sure if I met a kid named that it'd seen normal.

Ashley said...

BTW, we've always known our second girl would be Claire, but the other day we both agreed that we didn't like the middle name we had chosen for her (Rose), so now we need some middle name ideas.

Katie said...

James,

I don't mind the initial G, I just thought two in a row would be weird without there being a "theme" going. Basically I am just weird.

Ashley,

I will have to do some thinking....cool middle names, cool middle names....I will see what I can come up with.

Christie said...

Ashley- It's only secret because I really like it right now and I'm afraid James won't, so I'm waiting until there's a reason to bring it up and I'll see if I'm still as in love with it as I am now, so I'll know how strongly to push it.

And Rose is a little overused as a mn right now...we did it because James' mother's name is Rosemary.

Katie- Can you tell James isn't a NE? Doesn't everyone know you can't set up a theme like that with only a2 of your kids if you have/want to have more? And that verb names are a fairly hot commodity right now, especially one that has been used historically? I really wouldn't blink at Carver.

Katie said...

Christie - I am very intrigued by your secret name now. With Carver I told Chad that he wasn't allowed to say anything or give an opinion until a week or so after I told him. I thought he might warm up to it.

Audra & Levi said...

I do like Gilbert. Maybe next time you have a boy you can name him that! Haha!

I liked the name Silas and Levi did not like it because he said he pictures a black guy when he pictured the name Silas. So... when Yomane liked the name Silas I said... WOO HOO!

James said...

Ok, so what's an NE?

Two in a row wouldn't be weird, or at least it shouldn't if you don't want it to be. Nothing wrong with picking names you like so long as they "fit". "No pattern" can be a pattern unto itself if people really want to look for/have one. Or make it a complex pattern to show off to other people that your family is infinitely superior in intellectual capacity. When they start scratching their heads, just say "Gotcha!" and change the subject.

Christie said...

NE=Name Enthusiast
Basically a group of people obsessed with names that comment on the Baby Name Wizard blog.