Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Name That Muppet

There is a woman at my company who has the exact name (but with the feminized spelling) of a well known baseball player from the eighties. Every time I see her name on an email I laugh. I am sure she is bright and intelligent but I can't help but picture her with a mustache like his (and given her age I am guessing her parents did that to her on purpose).

I used to work a man who had a name that rhymed with Darth Vader (think Barth Jader but you know, different). He was born pre-Star Wars so this was just a coincidence. Does this mean that we were all mature about it and never did the big helmet breath around him? Heh no. Did his assistant (who hated him) get back at him by player that evil Star Wars music during meetings? YES HE DID.

My point is that names are important. And that they have power and meaning and also I am a big snob.

Names have connotations. They can sound smart or silly, they can sound rich or poor, we have a lot of code written up in names.

And J and I don't agree on them. He says I worry too much, that I care about things that other people would never think of. I wonder about how we have been married for so long and he knows shit about me. OF COURSE I AM OVERTHINKING THIS. It's what I do! And lucky him, he gets to walk through it with me hand in fucking hand.

We had a girls name picked out. We hadn't shook on it in blood like we did the boys name though and . . .I don't know. In some ways it is perfect. J likes it because it is in honor (at least in his head) of one of his favorite bands. I like it because it is a literary character from books I loved as a child (well and still do). It is an unusual name in the U.S which is important to us because our last name is one of the most common in the U.S. To me it is the name of a spunky, creative and interesting little girl. She could be a tomboy or a princess. She could grow up to be a judge or be a personal shopper.

At one point I really loved this name.

But then I found out that one of our friend's wife has this name, though she uses the dreaded nickname that was my one hate spot for the name. And, she is lovely honestly, but meek and mild and really not how I pictured some one with this name being. It's funny, but when a name is common you don't associate one type of person with it but if you have only met one person with that name well they embody the spirit of it. And, well, this isn't the spirit I think is growing in me.

I think my girl already is who she is and no matter what I name her she will be that girl. And if she is meek and mild I will love her just as fiercely (I will wonder how she got this way because LO we do not have such folk in my family). But I don't think she is, I can sense her a bit and while I don't know her habits or who she is completely, she's my muppet. She has a certain something. She needs the right name.

So . . .internet. I know you have an opinion. Name that muppet.

6 comments:

Eeek said...

Girl names are just so hard. Every names is wrapped up in some stupid/slutty/obnoxious/loudmouth that you remember from school. A friend of mine was named Jane because both her parents were teachers and that was the only name they couldn't remember a student having. I have always liked Caroline, Harper, Abigail, and Gracie. This has got to be the world's longest comment.

Frank said...

Naming girls is such a minefield. My wife chose the name for our oldest daughter so I got to pick the name for daughter#2. I named her after two charcters in a very popular 70s TV show so that shows you how I did it. I always liked Heather or Elizabeth or Erin or Stephanie. Whatever you chose, I'm sure it will fit her just right.

Eeek said...

Hey Frank, you're not the only one that liked Erin Elizabeth... :)

LB said...

You know my vote, so... that is all that really matters. snort.

I say go with your choice you keep coming back to.

LB said...

You know my vote, so... that is all that really matters. snort.

I say go with your choice you keep coming back to.

Frank said...

Hi eeek, Actually Erin Elizabeth is the name of my younger daughter :-)