Baby Name Choice: Second thoughts on Laszlo?

By Joel Stein, columnist, Time magazine

We’ve had second thoughts. Specifically, my lovely wife Cassandra has had second thoughts that were my first thought. Levi, which she thought was trending too close to popularity and therefore rejected to my great disappointment, didn’t become so popular and she thinks it might have been better than Laszlo, which is our son’s name.

 He does seem like a certain type of Laszlo, but he seems perhaps more like a Levi. He didn’t turn out to be the Judah I pushed for – he’s fair and lanky and un-Macabee-like. He’s cautious and sensitive and pretty Levi-like.

Laszlo, however, is pretty happy with Laszlo.  We run other options by him every so often.  He hated most of Cassandra‘s choices that I also hated–Sigmund, Gunther, Solomon, Ezra.  He equally dislikes mine, though he thinks Whiskey or Edison would have been okay.  But he does greatly prefer Axl, which Cassandra liked and I thought was way too Brooklyn, Ramones-onesie.

The important thing, though, was that he made a decision before he could talk.  Because I can’t imagine getting three people to agree on a name.

Joel Stein writes a weekly column for Time magazine and is the author of Man-Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity.

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6 Responses to “Baby Name Choice: Second thoughts on Laszlo?”

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Giinkies Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:08 am

I like Laszlo, which I am familiar with through the cartoon “Camp Lazlo” as I have a lot of nieces and nephews. The name is quirky, unique but not too out there so it is a nice name.

mill1020 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:26 am

Agreement with a spouse AND a third party seems like it would be darn-near impossible, even if that third party is the one wearing the name.

tintri Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 11:34 am

I’ve given some considerable thought to Laszlo after Nameberry’s O Names article. It’s fresh and fun, but we’ve all heard it – so it’s not too out there. Laszlo is a great choice for any boy! (Levi is awesome too.)

WarpedBritt Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I love Laszlo, wish I was ballsy enough to use it

gipro2003 Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 11:05 am

I adore Laszlo!! Wish I could get SO on board.

dollygal Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Laszlo is a good name.. there must be a reason to why you chose it, decided on it and have been calling him that name for three years. While Levi is also a good name, what happens another 3 years down the road when you’ve met a few other children by the name of Levi ? Change it back to Laszlo?

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