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. :)




  1. I have name suggestions... but we have our own babe to name! We'll find out at the end of the month girl or boy. :)

    Unfortunately, Kaiser is a bit more common a surname. But don't worry, "Permanente" and "Wilhelm" are not in our list of possible names.

  2. You gotta hang onto those names. :) We too never started seriously thinking about monikers until after that 20 week ultrasound... What's the point if half of them will promptly be discarded? :) can't wait for you guys to find out gender - always an exciting day.

  3. Hi again-

    Besides Baby Name Wizard, She Knows is a fun baby name website, and if you need baby name inspiration check out Nymbler. A fun one which is actually quite good at coming up with some reasonable names is Baby Name Genie which, like all the above, is quite addictive.

    Girl names were the hardest for us to come up with, luckily we had a boy. Oh, another source to tackle would be to Wikipedia the names you like and also Facebook if you have an account.

    Our girl list included Emma (popular but a family name), Zoe (also getting popular as Zoey), Violet, and my favorite is Ellery. Ella for short. Originally a male name but Ashley used to be a male name too. Ellery Jayne Jerstrom. Has a nice ring to it, no?

  4. Ha--- when I asked my husband about a couple names a while back, he looked at me and said "why discuss names now? Can't we wait until after 20 weeks and have half the argument?"

    That said, at least we both tend to lean towards the same categories of names. I think we have girl name decided upon, which means that the baby will likely be a boy, right? :)

  5. Man o man, that baby genie is addictive! And hilarious!!!! And strangely enough, has recommended several family names. I never hear Alma, except as an ancestor in my husband's family.