*In case you missed it, I posted a Baby Name Game: Intro yesterday and you should probably read that first*
My love for names reaches all the way back to when I was a little girl as I would keep lists of potential names for all of my future children (back then, I wanted at least a dozen because that meant more naming possibilities :)). My list has grown and shrunk, been crossed through and thought over many times since then. But probably THE MOST important thing to me is finding a baby name that I have loved for longer than a few months. Knowing how impulsive I can be (and more importantly, how often I change my mind!), I want to make sure it is a name that has lasting value for us and not just a crazy fling that we later regret (ahem, Rainbow Aurora*).
(*latest celebrity name to come across my newsfeed)
While I mentioned last time that I love hearing other people’s choices for their babies, it is incredibly difficult for me to truly name my own. Whenever I hear my friends choices, I usually think, “Wow–that is a perfect baby name for them, but it definitely won’t work for us.” So on top of wanting to find a name that we like for a reasonable amount of time; combined with a husband who has absolutely no suggestions, just vetoes (but really, I’m okay with that); and a wife (i.e. me) that thinks way too much about baby names and could talk about them for days; coupled with the pressure of finding the perfect gem in a sea of names; well you can see this is a role that I take none too lightly :).
Understandably, Mayby’s name has been in the works for a few years.
When MG was born, we kept her name completely quiet until her birthday and had a few potentials on standby, just in case. I mean, what if she didn’t look like an MG? But since then, we’ve scrapped those second and third place names (and really, how can you give another child your second place name :)?) and found some new inspiration.
When MG was about 4 months old I had a burning desire to officially name her siblings. With no potential names on our short list and the possibility of more children in the future, I wanted to find something to fall in love with for a few years before we had to think about it again. And that’s when we came up with Mayby’s name.
Naming subsequent children is much, much harder than naming the first. (parents, am I right?) You have to find a name that not only works well with your first child’s name, but that you love just as much too. Add to that: must work well with your last name, must have a good standing with Google, must not sound too similar or too different when said with eldest child’s name, must have strong initials (and monogramming ability, of course), and must take into consideration room for future children (if you so desire)
Whew, talk about stress.
But after all of that, we found her name. Mama suggested it, Daddy loved it (so much so, he said, “that’s the one!” and began calling our future daughter that before we were even pregnant. This was such a rarity that I knew it was the one.)
One the day of our gender ultrasound, after hearing those beautiful words, “Well I think you can expect another little girl!”, we finalized it. We carefully poured over the spelling, questioned a few potential changes, and then said it aloud over and over. And that was it. Her name was set. (and shortly thereafter, MG picked up on it so there was no turning back even if we wanted too :))
So, without further ado, the first clue is:
MAYBY will have 3 names.
As in a first, two middle and a last. ( I know, how very royal couple of us). This is keeping in the tradition of Daddy,’s Mama’s, and MG’s names. We all have two middle names.
To read further how these names will be arranged, join us next Friday,