What's in a Name?

[photopress:thor.jpg,thumb,alignright] I like to think that Rain City Guide is constantly growing and evolving… Along those lines, Anna has been doing some growing (and evolving?) of her own lately. (She’s going to kill me for saying that!)

For those that don’t already know, Anna is expecting to have our second child in a little over a month.

So, let’s get down to business… What should we name the child?

Some ground rules:

  1. Boy or Girl: We don’t know if it is a boy or girl, so you’ve got twice as many names to suggest…
  2. Bilingual: Like her big sister, this child will grow up to be fluent in two languages (it is a must since one set of grandparents speak only Russian and the other only speaks English!). While I encourage you to suggest all types of names, if the Russians can’t pronounce it, I’m pretty sure that it won’t end up flying with Anna
  3. Outrageous: I love unusual names. Anna hates them. While I might be able to sneak past a name like Thor or Tyr, you can be pretty sure that we wont’ be naming our child after a major corporation.

Beyond that, I just look forward to reading your suggestions!

30 thoughts on “What's in a Name?

  1. This is going to be fun. Hope Anna doesn’t kill me. Here’s my picks:

    Boy: Atticus, Talon, Seaton, Noah, Caleb
    Girl: Kai, Nika (Russian!), Braelyn, Uma, Marin (pronounced (MARE-in)
    Unisex: Brice, Seven

    If Thor or Tyr doesn’t work out, you could name him Thursday or Tuesday.

  2. I am still laughing over Jay’s comments on Thursday or Tuesday. I love some of his names. For girl I agree with Anna that Polina is beautiful. For boy: Can the Russians pronounce Billy Bob? Just kidding, I like Michael — have you forgotten Levi??? Anyway I’ll come back when I think some more– I have to go print boarding passes– leaving for Seattle tomorrow, you know…

  3. Mr Superjay,

    I’m really liking some of your names. Nika could definitely work… and due to similarities with my sister’s name, Seaton probably won’t work for a boy. Overall, I really like where you’re going…

    Any more?

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  5. I’m not very original, but I would have to say for a girl – Ania, for a boy – Peter. Both beautiful names but not too funky. And both are very prounouncable. (sp?)

  6. Carol,

    I really like your suggestions and you just reminded me of how my grandmother told me once that a good “Luther” first name had two syllables. hmm…

    I like Lucas a lot… That is probably my first choice at this point… (especially since I could call him Luke Skywalker!) 🙂

  7. I’m partial to unusual names as well.

    A girl’s name that I’m partial to is Angali (ANN-jill-ee). It’s of Indian origin meaning “present.”

    Unisex names:
    Jordan (I know both boys and girls with this name)
    Morgan (most of the people I know named morgan are older gentlemen, but I noticed that it’s in the top 10 for girls names now)

  8. Dustin,
    Hey… glad you like the names. I think that Luke would be a great name with Luther. If it needs two syllables (like Grandma said), you could use the offical name of Lucas… and Luke for short. 🙂 BTW, I saw the original (I mean the very first) Star Wars film 13 times in the theatre. That was long before the video came out!

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  10. Sorry that you may not know who I am, but I googled my husband’s name (Lucas Luther) and came up with your page. Just as a side note, my husband has repeatedly voiced his problems with his name because kids made fun of him and called him Luke Skywalker and Lex Luthor, and a whole myriad of things when he was a kid. People still make comments about Lex Luthor now and he is a grown man. I’d advise not to do that to your child :). Just a suggestion though. I think Marcus Luther is a nice name.

  11. Sarah,

    My wife will be very happy to read your comment because she really doesn’t like the name Lucus… She’s just hoping that the child (which is due ANY day now) is a girl, so we don’t have to go down that path!

    Marcus is a really nice name as well… I like the ring of it…

    Out of curiosity, what part of the country do you live in?

    Thanks so much for you advice!

  12. Glad to be of service. I always thought that Marcus would be a good name for a kid with the last name Luther, but my husband doesn’t like it for personal reasons (someone he didn’t like). So, unfortunately, I won’t be using it :)!

    My husband and I are living in Cottage Grove, OR right now.

  13. Marcus is a great name… but he was born over a year ago at this point, and he turned out to be a Peter through and through… Can’t even imagine another name for him at this point! 🙂

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