Thursday, November 07, 2013

What’s In A Name?

Baby J needs a name. 

In true, 21st century fashion, we started plugging our top candidates into google. 

You know, just so we didn’t inadvertently name our tyke after some long-forgotten serial killer or something. I even typed in ‘notorious Jxxxxx’. Seriously. 

While I’ll admit this may be taking things a wee bit to extremes, we were also curious to see how many others were in existence (according to the internet). 

For example, there is another Sonja Jxxx out there and she’s the real deal: Not only was she probably born with that name (as opposed to my adoption of the moniker upon marriage) but she lives in Sweden, too. 

Dorrances (my maiden name) are fairly common. Most Dorrances in the US can be traced back to three Dorrance brothers that came from Scotland in 1719 and landed in Connecticut. There may have been a fourth Dorrance lad that eventually settled in Canada and perhaps a few more stragglers later on. Either way, we’ve had a few years to migrate West:. 

Go west young man, haven't you been told
California's full of whisky, women and gold
Sleeping out all night beneath the desert stars
Dream in my eye and a prayer in my heart

Where does your family live? Find out here. Yes, it’s in Italian but type your name into the search bar, hit Trova! and you should be good to go. 

Of course, we’re not against giving our child a name that is currently in use by someone else. In the grand scheme of things, it’s really a very minor consideration.  More importantly, how does it rate for sound (especially combined with our hefty double moniker combo), number of letters, and general fit into our family of names. 

So... with that in mind: Any recommendations?! We’re open to suggestions. :)