Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable. ~W.H. Auden
Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive. ~Thomas C. Haliburton
The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers. ~Marshall McLuhan
These are just a few of the many quotes that I have found about names. As you might have surmised, we are a little overwhelmed about naming this child.
We thought that we were being smart by waiting until we knew the gender of the baby to start thinking about names, since that way we wouldn’t have to come up with as many possibilities. But, picking a name out for Baby Boy Hay has proved to be quite a challenge.
Since Robert is already a Junior, many of you have already begun referring to the Baby as Trey. For some of you, you feel that this name is already a given fact. Others of you have been joking about “a little Trey Hay” being in our future for some time. Others of you have already determined that Trey will be a football star at Auburn. Well, just to let you all know, the baby has already told me that he HATES the name Trey. Sorry to disappoint, but the little one kicks me violently anytime that the name is mentioned, so I am officially crossing Trey off the list.
However, even with Trey off the table, there is still the debate about whether or not to continue Robert’s name with the baby. So, there is the added conversation of what we would call the baby, whether or not it is a good or a bad thing to be given a name that your father and grandfather both have, and on and on.
The other thing to consider is the possibility of coming up with an entirely new name. If we do that, do we offend anyone by not carrying on the name tradition? If we come up with another family name, do we offended the other families that we aren’t using a name from?
Then, after all of these discussions, as if we already aren’t overanalyzing the name way to much, we have to consider possible nicknames and other such things that might go along with any given name. We don’t won’t our son to be stuck with some awful nickname on the playground! When you think about it, it really can be mind-boggling!
So, with all of that said, we have spent countless hours in conversation this week discussing these very things. Sometimes it has been fun, but most of the time it has been extremely stressful. I believe that tears have been shed (thank you pregnancy hormones) and bad dreams have been induced. We haven’t settled on a name just quite yet, but we are trying one out to see how the baby likes it. It is kinda fun to practice saying this name when talking to the baby and about the baby. Who know if this name will end up being THE NAME, but for now, at least we have reach some sort of temporary decision.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet