Category: Questions of the Week
Oh my goodness!
O Baby Names — names that start or end with the letter o — is one of our longest lists, with 16 pages of names totaling more than 150 selections.
In fact, we believe there’s an O name to suit every sensibility and style.
Use the name on the birth certificate that came with your Cabbage Patch doll?
Or maybe you renamed your dolls, or had more generic models for which you picked creative new names.
Or perhaps you didn’t play with dolls at all, but named your beanie babies, pet mice, or Playskool people?
Here’s my true name confession: We almost named our youngest son Pike.
So sue me.
I still like it. Sometimes, about as often as I miss that bright orange sweater I gave away in 1994, I wish we’d actually named him that. We like fish! In fact, little coulda-been-Pike grew into a boy who loves to fish!
But we chickened out, and Owen he became.
I could confess to other name indiscretions I contemplated but now it’s your turn to tell all.
Did you spell your name with an i at the end with a little heart drawn over it when you were 13?
Attempt to change your name to Sigourney when you were in college?
Did you contemplate a baby name crime: name-napping, perhaps, or….well, I can’t think of any other baby name crime, but maybe you can confess to one anyway.
Which classic boys’ name do you love the best?
But for this Question of the Week, you can only pick one.
How much do you like your own name?
Quantitatively, we mean. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest of the low (in my book, Ethelbert) and 10 being the most wonderful gorgeous amazing name in the universe, what number do you give your own name?
As baby namers and name afficionados, it’s intrinsically interesting to analyze our own names. Rating your own name can also help you think about what qualities you want in a name for your child. And reading how other people feel about their names over time can help you make a better informed choice of a name for your baby.
I’d rate my own name, Pamela, maybe a 6, but Pam only a 4.5. Pamela is pretty and has literary credibility, I think, though I’ve always found it a bit prissy and precious for use in everyday life. Pam is definitely friendlier, but also plain vanilla and time-stamped to the middle of the last century, when Pamela and its down-to-earth nickname were in the Top 20 for girls’ names.