Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

UPDATE! We have our winner… Congrats to Joanne!  For everyone who didn’t win, you can check out Nancy’s excellent ebooks here

It’s been mid 80’s this week.  That is not the right type of weather for October.


Speaking of October, I can’t believe it’s already almost halfway over.  I expected October to drag on forever since we’ve been looking so forward to the Bluedorn Ball.  My husband surprised me a couple of days ago, because he said since we’ll have already driven to IL (and since gas has dropped — we filled up the other day for $2.85 a gallon!), that we might as well head up to MI and spend a night with his parents.  We are all thrilled about that.  I am one of those rare mammals which actually has *splendid* in-laws.  So that’s going to be wonderful.


In other news, my friend Nancy Baetz has written a new ebook with an emphasis on Unschooling – which is right up my alley!  Anyhow, she said I could give away a copy, and that she would also throw in a copy of her ebook, Haircuts for Little Men.  Fun, yes?


Last night I dreamed that McCain won.  I’m not so sure he’s gonna pull through, tho.  And I’m still debating whether or not to listen to the debate tomorrow night.  The other McCain/Obama debates have been such snore riots.


Ok, that’s all for now.  But here’s how to enter the contest…  ALL little girls start thinking up baby names for their future kids (some boys do to, for that matter.  Dippy says he’s going to name one of his sons Electrical Lee Makoto).  So my question is, do you remember what you *used* to think you’d name your kids, and did you end up naming them what you thought you would?  When I was about eight, I decided I would have four girls and name them Justine, Jamie, Jackie and Jadonna.  I kid you not.  shudder shudder. That faded after a while, but a couple years later, I came across the name “Coie” and loved it.  And it was around that time my dad told me he had always wanted my middle name to be Ryan, and I was furious that instead of getting ‘Ryan’ as a cool middle name I got saddled with a boring old middle name like Ruth (no offense to my ‘Ruth’ friends!).   Anyways, I was determined that one of my own daughters would get to have it someday, and lucky for me, Geoff the Great loved it, too.


So, in a sense, I sort of did name a couple of my kids with the choices I picked out when I was little.  Boy, are they happy that “Jadonna” didn’t stand the test of time.


How about you?  What names did you used to have picked out for your kids?  And if you happen to *not* have kids yet, you can still play.


And for another fun contest going on today, go here


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  1. Jul said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I thought Brenda was the most beautiful name in the world. Second would have been Cynthia and third Virginia. –I don’t think I thought of boy’s names.
    All our children start with the letter “J”~ so we have not named any the names I liked as a child.
    But I do have a niece named Virginia Belle…they call her Ginny.

  2. Barbara C said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I loved old-fashioned names when I was young. Elizabeth, Rebecca, Cassandra….and so on. I also liked slightly unusual names, like Kyra and Tessa. Molly Beth was on the list, too. There were probably 25 names on my list. For boys I mostly liked biblical names, like Josiah and Nathaniel.

    I didn’t realize I would marry an Irish man and we would give the kids Irish first names, so the only girl’s name I (kind of) used was Molly (and she’s Molly Rebecca). However, we give them biblical middle names, so I got Josiah for a middle name. If we have another boy, I want Torin Nathaniel.
    I didn’t know

  3. Marsha said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I was never one to dream that far in the future. I did, however, know that I would never want to marry someone prettier or shorter than me… and as for kids, I only came up with names I would NOT use– like Dorcas or Shannon (I’ve had bad experiences with Shannon’s growing up- and well, do I have to explain Dorcas?).

    Hope you have a beautiful day, Jenefer Ruth!

    Marsha Ann (blah blah boring)

  4. natasha said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I was married at 19-so kinda still a kid. I loved the name Kekoa Lilly Vega (Vega, from movie My Girl). When i had my daughter at twenty my husband said “No Way”. I was still holding firm but somewhere beetween the C-section and a lot of percoset I signed off on the name Selah. Its a good one too.

  5. Annemarie said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I am glad that Marsha posted first because now I don’t feel so freaky. I never picked out baby names when I was young. I did, however, live under the fairy tale that all I would have to do is say “This is the name I like” and my husband would say “OK”.

    ha. ha. ha. ha.


    One thing I did decide as a little girl was that i would let my daughter get her ears pierced whenever she wanted (I had to wait until I was 12). Again, I did not know I would marry Mr. Opinionated. He says she has to wait until she is 30. Oh. Brother.

    I had something extremely funny to say about McCain and Obama and the election, but I think it would offend some so I won’t say it.

    See you Thursday….


  6. Joanne said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Kaitlin. One time when I was sick in the ER as a kid, there was the cutest little 2 year old named Kaitlin with her dad in the waiting room. That was when I fell in love with the name. Then one of our best friends had kids first and named their daughter Kaitlin. Oh, well. Then I loved Hannah Liv. Liv is a family name, very Scandinavian. My husband vetoed it. We ended up with Alyssa Ruth (I love the name Ruth, and she does too since it means Friend.)

    I’m excited about this e-book since I really am still figuring out what I am doing. We are using a curriculum which I enjoy, but it feels like we are doing too much, and there isn’t enough freedom and time for my daughter to explore what she is interested in. I’m afraid of not doing enough so that she passes the state tests.

    Thanks for the fun question,


  7. SmallWorld said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Love my twins’ names: Stephen and Stephanie. Is that not so ridiculous? But we did have a lot of rhyming twins in our school: Sharon and Karen, etc. Anyway, I didn’t have twins, so there.
    We actually did have Laurel picked out when we were just young daters.

  8. chickadee said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    ok i was a strange, strange child but i liked words based on their sound. so i loved the word/name machette and chartruse. i did not name my kids that though. and i still don’t have a name for this 4th one.

  9. jess said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Just ask Coie. We want to name our kids the same things… too bad I’ve already got a man – snort. Poor Coie. She ought to get to know the Duggers.

    And as for names I *used* to want to name my future children, I no longer have a burning desire to have a Jason. Or a Faith. Or a Kevin. Or a Dustin. ew.

  10. jenig said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Jess, how about Dalton? “Dalton got an onion?”

  11. jess said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    wow. you remember that?? hahaha

  12. Michelle said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Well…when I was a kid I was SURE I was going to have twin girls and name them Dominique and Danielle (aka Dani and Nikki.)

    And when I married DH he was ADAMANT that we name our first daughter Penelope Afrika.

    And these are the reasons why our kids have such boring name as: Julie, Joseph, Katie and Annie! 🙂

  13. Becky said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I had a list 7 miles long I am sure. When I was very young I thought I would name my kids Joseph, Mary & John (it would have been Jesus but even at the young age of 4 I thought that twasn’t right). My next batch of names included Riann (I thought it was a much prettier girl name too), Mariah, Raigan and Jon Paul. The last name added to the list was Kennedy, she was the little sister in Blossom.
    2 of my kids got 2 of those names: Kennedy Harper, Aubrey Raigan & Joslyn Grace
    Joslyn is a combo of mine and dh’s middle names, his is Joshua, mine is Lynn and Grace because God was very gracious in lending us that precious little life for even a short amount of time.

  14. Jul said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I forgot to add Pricilla.
    I thought Pricilla Presley was really pretty so it influenced my liking of the name.

    Jen, in your intro were you making fun of naming ones children with all “J” names? It sounds like you imply that, that was a thought you had before you matured.

  15. Jenn4him said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    It’s so funny that I still think of those long ago names! My husband did not like them, but my daughter is close. I wanted 2 girls named Anne Victoria and Jane Elizabeth. I was very influenced by Jane Austin back then. Anyway, I have a Grace Elizabeth, which is not too far from the others. I also have 2 boys. We picked their names from a baseball scouting book as we could not agree on Nicholas, my husband’s boyhood dream name! Yes, I guess even boys think about such things.

  16. Ryann said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    You should’ve told them what I used to think was so great…you know H.G.

    Thanks for not naming me Jasmine Ariel like you were gonna.

    Jess, Kevin isn’t a bad name. It’s also the name of a soldier whose daughter I’m friends with.

    Also, Mom, we used to have a 10 y/o named Dalton that came to our Church.

    I’ve only liked boy names…and they all end with IAH or UA, so basically they end with ‘uh’…like Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Josiah, and I used to like Zechariah, but I don’t like girl names that end with ‘uh’. I’ve never been able to think of a good girl name…’cept Ryann. *chuckles*

    And thanks for not naming me Rufus in your ‘upsetednessesterest’ for being named Ruth.
    Your name suits you when you play Nintendo. No no, actually, you’re without your middle name when you play…making you Ruthless. *laughing at myself* Okay, I know that doesn’t make sense, but it was funny in my head.

  17. ME said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    *Huff* I am so offended. MY middle name is Ruth. Haha, just kidding, I think its kinda boring too.

    Names! I LOVE Lila, Evangeline, Elsie, and Susannah for girls. And for boys… Kirk, Anthony and Preston.

  18. Diane said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I remember once when I was about 5, getting mad at my parents for naming me Diane. I *swore* I would name my own daughter Melissa, because that was the most beautiful name in the world. Of my 6 children, 2 are girls, and neither is named Melissa!

  19. jess said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Ryann, just for the record, the only name that I was referring to “ew” as was Dustin (no offense to any Dustins out there). The rest aren’t BAD names, they’re just not my favorite anymore.. I shoulda clarified the first time.

  20. jenig said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    JULIE AUSTIN… your second comment literally made me laugh out loud… And no, I don’t have any problem with “All J Names”, but I tell you the truth, I will make fun of you to no end if you ever have a kid and name it Jadonna

  21. on October 14th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    You’re seriously going to Michigan after the dance? It’s too bad we can’t just drive back together, because we’re probably taking the exact same route all the way back home (this is IF we make it, which is still very dicey). We live about ten minutes over the Detroit border.

  22. Shalana said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    My sister and I always loved the Name “Ashley Renee”. Not such a fan of the renee part anymore but still love Ashley. As it turns out I have all boys. (And none of them are an Ashley!) My sister has all girls…and she does have a sweet Ashley…

  23. kellieann said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I always wanted to name a girl Marrilee, and I have an Annaleigh. That’s pretty close, right? I never thought much about boy names. If this one is a girl, we say now that we’re going to name her Madelynn. If it’s a boy William. But I’m starting to second guess both of those…so we’ll see.

  24. Kelley said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Well we have a family tradition that the oldest girl gets the mother’s middle name as a middle name and the oldest boy get the father’s first name so my daughter is Jewell Elizabeth, her mom is Kelley Elizabeth, and my mom is Minnie Elizabeth. (Although my mom would rather get a shot than tell people her first name.)

    When I was a girl I always like Hope but there are three Hope’s on my husbands side so we went with my mom’s adoptive mom’s first name of Jewell.

    I never picked boys names…I don’t know why.

    Thanks for the tylenol. Lucky for me I feel much better.

  25. Jaynee said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Oh good….a contest! This gives me something to do…I’m soooo bored. I can’t hardly remember the last time I was bored. Bedrest is…boring.
    For as long as I can remember, I would always tell my mommee (spelled with 2 e’s like my name 🙂 ) that I wanted to have 19 children when I got married. Do you think God heard me? 🙂 I never thought of even close to that many names though.
    When I was little, I had all my dolls named with my favorie girl names (I didn’t have any boy dolls other than a stuffed Santa from my Grandma…He was always my husband when we played house 🙂 ). Anyways, my favorite names were Ruthann, Tina, and Mary. I was/am obviously very uncreative.
    In highschool, my friend who I met when we were 9, suddenly began to look…well…super cute. And being the nerd I was, I would sit in class, look at the back of Daniel’s head, and think what we could name our children. And we have used many of those names now…Elijah, Isaiah, Josiah, Noah, Nehemiah, Susannah, and Rebekah (tell Ryann that I LOVE names that end in “ah”). Our other children’s names…Timothy, Benjamin, Abigail, Eliseo…Daniel has picked. I still have more names I thought of back then that I still love, but so far Daniel doesn’t share that same affection…Abraham, Ezra, Ezekiel.
    Okay, I just left you a super long comment…did I tell you I’m bored? Wanna come visit??? Please?? Bring Charlie and Jess and your whole family. I think mission trips are good under the unschooling category. 🙂
    love and prayers,

  26. Amanda said,

    on October 14th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I’m very boring, apparently, or just have an incredibly bad memory, because I can’t remember imagining any future baby names! I was too boy crazy to think past getting the guy. LOL

    I did, though, name all 4 of our children. I just kept saying their names until my husband agreed. We have Abigail (in Heaven), Eli, Madeline & Patience. If I had another girl, which I won’t do since we are DONE having kids, I like the name Miriam, although Jadonna might be on the list now.

    Not sure if this qualifies as an entry for the contest. 🙂

  27. on October 14th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I used to have a huge list! It had “weird” names (at least they were at the time–not anymore) like Hunter, Parker, Ajah (pronounced Asia), Xander…and now we have all Bible names (Zachary, from Zechariah, John, Thomas, Mary, and Andrew)! I hope I win! And I wish we lived closer to you guys–you seem so cool and I think our families would have great fun together!
    Anytime you’re in New Orleans (you, too, Jess and Charley) please come over!

  28. Christa said,

    on October 15th, 2008 at 3:08 am

    The night we got engaged, the very first discussion we had about our future–my husband and I talked names!!! We thought fabric names would be cool…Denim, Cotton, Chambray…yeah…quirky.
    When I was single I always wanted to name a boy Sebastian. No kidding…now I shudder too. I can’t imagine saddling one of my poor boys with that name. I also liked Jamie. And I do have a boy Jamie now! Fortunately, I used up most of my childhood favorite names on characters in my stories. I wrote lots of stories…I used to want to name a child Darla, like the pretty girl in Little Rascals! I still think Denim would work, though…Denim Dittmar???

  29. on October 15th, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I remember driving down the freeway in California on our way to San Jose and thinking that “Jose” and “Tracy” (another California city name) would be fantastic names for a boy and girl! What was I thinking???

    Later on it was Morgan, Brittany, and Jerin. Then I was on a nature kick, Fawn, Raven, and Wolfe (kind of cool). At some point Celtic names made an entrance: Aidan, Bronwyn, etc.

    But like someone else who commented, I had an opinionated hubby who was determined to name our first boy, Zachariah. We also agreed on Slavic names for the girls so we have Tatyana, Katarina, Zachariah, Anastasia, and Josiah. (There you go, Ryann, some girl names with “uh” at the end to consider).

    We also like Natasha and Natalia. I like Victoria (call her Tori for short), but he doesn’t. Not Slavic enough. My argument is that Victoria was the grandmother of the Romanovs children. (Tatiana, Anastasia, Olga, Maria, and Alexander.) Not a very solid debate, is it?

  30. HSB Suzanne said,

    on October 15th, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I can’t remember all the baby names I had picked out, but one was Cynthia June. My mom’s middle name is June, but I’m not sure why I chose Cynthia. Perhaps it was related to Cindy on “The Brady Bunch.” She was my favorite. 🙂

    Please consider this as my ‘official’ entry in the contest. 🙂 Thank you!


  31. HSB Suzanne said,

    on October 15th, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Oh, I forgot to say, “No, I didn’t name our kids ANY of the names I had picked out.”

  32. Cindy in GA said,

    on October 15th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I did have all 6 names picked out by the time I was 18, but I’ve forgotten most of them. I do remember Nastassja and Katarina. (Weird, I know. Those didn’t even come up as possibilities when name-choosing time really came around. Not even close.) And when I was really young and had a Boy-Baby-Tenderlove doll, his name was Jeffery, the nicest boy name I could think of.

    Oh, and HSB Suzanne, I’m a Cynthia, and I was born in June! :o)

  33. Coie said,

    on October 15th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    I’m not sharing my names because, 1) Jess has a tendency to steal my awesome choices and 2) It would probably lessen my chances at marriage, which are so dangerously low, I’d better stay on the safe side for now.

  34. EEEEMommy said,

    on October 15th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Loved comment #33 who has a great name btw. 😉
    Did you watch the debate? I thought it was more entertaining than the earlier ones. We’ll have to see if it makes a difference…my mom and I are taking the girls to see Sarah Palin on Friday, should be pretty cool; I’ll probably cry. 😉

    Names, huh? Well, I latched on to the name that my mom really wanted to name my brother Theodore Drew, but my husband wouldn’t go for it any more than my grandfather (who insisted that his grandson not be named after him…Emil Theodore II in any way shape or form, I got him though by naming my daughter Emilia after him and his wife Margaret). For a girl, my mom’s girl name for my brother (who ended up with a cool name Colby Bennett meaning “Man of honor walks with God”) was Clarissa Ariana. Funny, my husband didn’t go for that one either. 😉
    I remember liking names like Katinka and Katerina. I also like Tommy, oh and girls with boys’ nick-names from watching that show…Sisters (Teddy, Alex, Georgie, Frankie)…again the husband did not approve. I like the names we ended up with though! 🙂

  35. Megan said,

    on October 15th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Hey Jenn I would harp on you about not getting together, but I know you have been crazy over there in M-town. With hurt heinies (sp?) and yucky illness! For that matter, thank you for not getting together with my well children, LOL!!! We are still one flu-shot down three to go. And yes, they do work and after Ryan getting a horribly bad flu (that lasted more than a week!!!) when everyone else had their shot and he didn’t, well we are definitely flu-shot advocates. I’m also thankful that we are getting more time with the kitty. She is starting to come when I call her and she is getting a little calmer (“get down off that!”).

    For names, I had a friend named Allen and wanted that and we named #1 Joseph Allen. I also like Bethany, but the Lord hasn’t allowed us to use that name just yet. And for a girl middle name I want to pass on my middle name, Sue, which Ryan actually admits he doesn’t like **awh**!!! I always wanted David for a boy, but since my ex-boyfriend from middle school was David, I thought it was best not to even bring it up. But just recently I found out that very same guy past away (and he was a really great guy) so Ryan brought up that he liked the name David! So I guess our next boy will probably be David.

    Speaking of baby naming, we are taking further measures in trying to conceive and I am about to take the twin making medicine, clomid!!! I decided to give it a try for a month or two and see what God’s will is. Ryan was a little freaked out by the increased chance of multiples, especially with twins running strongly (4 sets) in my family. Thankfully my OBGYN put me on the lowest dose. I’ll take a break after that, I think! Please pray for us.

  36. Crystal said,

    on October 16th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Ooo, Jadonna? I like that one best. No names when I was a kid. I never wanted to be a mom. Kids were gross and a waste of time in my book. I was going to be a famous, single, highly paid writer living in the heart of New York City. I wonder how hard the Lord laughed at those plans??

    Oh, and gas hit $2.32 here! Woo-hoo!!

  37. Stacey said,

    on October 16th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I liked David when I was very young, then Baron & Contessa in my later teens (I got married at 18, and maybe that’s why God didn’t let us have children for over 3 years. He didn’t want them named Baron or Contessa). Anyway, we never used David, either, though it’s a perfectly good name. I’m really not rich and have rarely played tennis, so Baron & Contessa were strange names for me to like. Hmmm. I think the names we did choose suit our children well.

    Now, you would not believe how long it takes us to name even our kittens. Ridiculous. 🙂

  38. momanna98 said,

    on October 16th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I was so sure I would have twins and name them Tayler and Tyler. Like I could just decide to have twins… I also loved LOVED loved the name Andrew. Up until I was pregnant and then for whatever reason decide against it. Blame it on the hormones. 🙂

  39. Heather said,

    on October 16th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    When I was about 14 I saw a girl’s name in a magazine named Alexis.I LOVED that name! That was the first time I even thought about naming a child that one day. It stuck with me. I also liked the names Hannah and Bethany. My senior year of high school, I heard a beautiful song called Gabrialla. That name stuck too, as it had a different pronunciation than the usual GabriElla. My eldest daughter received the first name Sarah because of a dear friend of mine.But I gave her the middle name Alexis since I’d always wanted that for a daughter’s name. My second got Michaela, since I first heard that on doc Quinn..which I had NEVER heard before…a feminine form of Michael. My third got Gabrialla, as I never forgot that one either..another feminine form for Gabriel. My last daughter received the name Adrianna…which I had as my name in Spanish class and loved. Yes, we looked up the meanings to their names as well…very nice. My hubby loves the names too, which I am thankful for.

  40. Bildad the Shuhite said,

    on October 16th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    How ’bout Barak or Obama???


  41. Ruth said,

    on October 16th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Sorry to hear you were sick. I love the little guy your daughter made. Soo cute.
    I always wanted a little girl I would name Victoria and I did. She is as strong as her name.
    I hope you have a great time on your upcoming trip.

  42. Latte said,

    on October 16th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Devin (which is my oldest boys name) Sevin, Hevin, Kevin, oh and when I was really young if I had a girl I wanted to name her Jimmy! Jimmy! Crazy huh? I soon realized that my rhyming would not go over very well because all the kids would come running, or they would think I said another child’s name and not come. So instead we named our youngest (3) Tyrus (which means another form of Thor…my husbands name) we just call him Ty which is what I started out liking. I heard Ty Pennington’s name on the T.V. one day and I just knew right then my next child would be called Ty. My husband for the first time in 6 years said cool, find a full name for it that is neato like my name. You would not believe my excitement when I found Tyrus!

  43. on October 16th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    I so wish that I had time to read thru all of these comments, but I need to hit the sack.

    Anyway, my girl name was Stephanie, but when I grew up I couldn’t stand it anymore. I now have my Julianna and I STILL love that name!

  44. Jaynee said,

    on October 17th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    If this new baby is a boy, I am going to name him Justin. And give him the middle name Other. It has a nice ring to it…Justin Other Lockwood

  45. Linda said,

    on October 17th, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Not entering….my hopes for baby names were shattered by marrying a man who didn’t like a single name that I liked. Every baby name we picked was a compromise of some sort. The last one was mostly my choice because after 36+ hours of labor at 40 years old, no one thought arguing with me was a good idea. Smart people.

    Just wanted to pop in and say hi! I hope your dream comes true. I’m praying. Hard.

  46. Nancy Baetz said,

    on October 17th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Hey Jen!
    Thanks so much for hosting this contest. I will get Joanne’s ebooks right out to her! I do wish I had a more impressive website to send folks to, it really needs some help. 🙂 But I’d love for your gazillion wonderful friends to visit me sometime at my blog too. Shamefully plugging myself…

    When I was a young lass I wanted to name my future daughter “Kerensa Karlee”~ Heaven only knows where that came from. When I was pregnant wtih my firstborn, I dreamt that “she” was a boy, and his name was Micah James. I also dreamt that I had the baby all by myself with all the hospital staff ignoring me. Which of course, was not how Mary Rose was birthed at all, an emergency C section. LOL The best laid plans of mice and mothers….

    Love you and THANKS for hosting this contest! CandyFoote is hosting a contest too, if anyone wants to try again for a free ebook. 🙂 Blessings to all,

  47. Nikki said,

    on October 20th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Mia or Mya was a name that stuck with me and then DeAnna (from Star Trek Next Generation). Even though my hubby was a big fan of the show, he wasn’t going for it nor was he into the idea of naming our possible son Jean-Luc. Then when I was pregnant with our first, we were going to name her or him Monteray Jack Colby. We thought it was hilarious but thought better of it. None of our four are named after cheese or tv characters.

  48. Shelly said,

    on October 21st, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    My first son would be Austin & my first daughter would be Emily. My first two kids are Austin Hunter & Emily Grace. I wanted another son named David. I loved the name Schuyler/Skyler for either a boy or girl. My son who was to be David is Schuyler Houston. My hubby wanted a girl named Hope but I only liked it for a middle. Mom suggested Amelia so our 2nd dau is Amelia Hope. I always wanted to honor my mom–when we had our 4th dau we named her Elizabeth (we chose Joy for mn since we had Grace & Hope). If we have another son he will be Samuel Isaac (one of my dolls was named that). So I guess you can say I used names for my kids that I wanted to name my children when I was a child.

  49. Talysa said,

    on November 11th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Well, my mom named me Talysa…(Tuh-Lee-suh) which as a child I detested of course because it made for a horrific first day of school….”Jenny, Jason, Mary, uh…ummm…” and then of course I always had to speak up and give the correct pronunciation….as though I was almost apologetic for having such a weird name….

    As I have become an adult I now LOVE LOVE LOVE having a unique name….and have even come to terms with it NEVER being pronounced correctly…in fact I have an exterminator that has been calling me “Teresa” now for 3 years and I haven’t even bothered correcting her! 🙂

    On to the point of this rambling….there is another reason I have learned to love and accept my strange title….I found out not too long ago that my moms grandma was actually insulted and upset with my mom for not naming me after her when I was born….even refusing to call me Talysa….her name? Octo Almo Staggs…I kid you not! 🙂

  50. Whitni said,

    on December 1st, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I dont have any kids yet. But after college i want to have three.
    McKenna Lea –girl
    Ira McKay –boy
    Bella –girl
    Sidni –girl
    Jadeyn –boy/girl

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