Just kidding, I’m not stooping low enough to consider harnessing the power of social media to name my unborn child.
(Unless, you know, somebody comes up with an amaaaaaazing suggestion. Wink.)
We’re due (no, I’m due. I’m the one getting enormous) in early August with baby quattro, and I can’t remember that we’ve ever had more trouble not just coming up with a name, but even offering each other suggestions that make it onto the “I’ll take that into consideration” list.
Well, not entirely true. We’ve got like 3 girl names and one boy name that we tolerate, but in what combination? Who can say. I’ll whisper them in your virtual ear because I’m not a big name sharer, or at least I didn’t think I was, but then I went and ran out of beloved names before running out of beloved children. So.
Here are the official entries on the “I don’t completely hate that” list; (it’s a short one, be forewarned):
For a lady baby:
Francesca (for Frances of Rome, Francis of Assisi, and dear Papa Francesco)
Rose (for Rose of Lima, my Confirmation saint. And because her godfather is a native Peruvian from Lima, so how can we not?)
Zelie (Dave will never let me get away with this one but I’ve loved it for years and now she’s gone and is getting herself canonized the same year our baby is due. COME ON. And yes, I’m aware there is going to be a Catholic ghetto baby boom of little Z’s running around as a result. But I still love.)
Elizabeth (my sister’s name, and my best friend’s. I’m not in love with any particular St. Elizabeth, but I could cultivate a devotion to the Son of God’s Aunt, I suppose.)
Grace (A little popular, but it’s just such a sweet name. And it looks pretty next to Genevieve.)
And for a little gent:
Luke (meh. I’m fading on this one. But I’ve loved the name since I first saw Star Wars at age 12, and what child doesn’t want that kind of honor associated with his moniker? Plus, the Gospel of St. Luke is my fav.)
Benedict (we love our retired Papa)
Reid (family name on my side, Dave hates it, probably not a real contender)
Anthony (we love St. Anthony of Padua, our boys have an inexplicable devotion to him all their own, but I just don’t love the name. Daddy is a bigger fan than me. I’d consider Antonio because Italy, but then I’d punch myself for giving some poor kid the name Antonio Uebbing for life.)
And that’s it. See? It’s not much. I think the girl’s names are a much more realistic list of actual contenders at this point, which means we’re probably definitely having a boy.
Oh, and here are the exterior children’s names, for reference. (I’m kind of big on sibling names sounding nice together.)
John Paul Francis (born a whole year before the election of the current pope, I might add. Points for us.)