So as I said last week, this baby will have three given names, followed by our last name. That means she will have two middle names, with the second one being more of a “stick it on there because it looks/sounds pretty”, versus something she will forever be legally documenting. All of our girls have the same formula for their names and this means
Clue #2, Baby Surprise’s second middle name will be a color name
Yes, we did this on a whim with our first, but it stuck for the second and we like that all of our girls will have this, both as a conversation piece and also as a common thread amongst them. Why a color name? Well, there’s no good answer to that. I have some artistic background (and that’s mostly where I’ve come across the color names we’ve used previously, in oil paint sets and the like) and N appreciates and has a deep love for art. So I guess you could say it harkens back to that. A slight nod to our interests.
Least you think we will use something like Blue, Scarlett, or Violet, let me warn you first, though:
1) This color name is in a different color family than the others we’ve used before. This was important to me even though I found myself, once again, drawn to so many shades of blue, green, and purple and their prettily named variants. I would rather the girls each have their own shade.
Truthfully, I initially had my sights set on Marigold. This satisfied the equation since it is a yellowy-orange color, not one of the named above. I also like that it had Downton Abbey ties, which is silly, but all of our girls so far, have had a piece of their name featured on the show. but…
2) N really wanted us to use something that wasn’t so obvious. Since we often explain our girls’ names to people and then have to explain what color their color names actually describe, he wanted this baby to have her own illustrious but inconspicuous name. He went on a hunt and came up with a short list to present to me (a first for both of us). One name on there stuck out and long story short, it won.
It satisfies both criteria: different from the other colors we’ve chosen and uncommon enough that we have to tell people what color family it is from. (plus it sounds good with her name, which, of course was our unnamed third criteria).
So there you go. Another piece of the convoluted puzzle as to how we come up with our babies’ names. This one a shout-out to dad, who for the first time ever, both suggested and partially named one of our girls.