Anchor Mom: What’s in a Name?

I’ll never forget what was likely one of my first fights with my parents. I was only 3 or 4 years old. My memory has me at the top of the staircase, yelling to my mom, “You got to name me, you got to name Brittany (my sister), now it is my turn.”

And I was serious.

Can you imagine, a toddler telling you it’s their turn to name the next baby?

Well, my parents went on to name my brother Robert. I ignored it and called him ‘Chip’ for the first several years of his life (and yes, that’s Chip from Chip and Dale).

Well now it is actually my turn to hand out a name for my own baby. While my son hasn’t had any names as great as Chip, he has suggested “Skarloey” (from Thomas the train).  I may have to follow the path of my parents – and not let my toddler name his little brother.

Naming a baby is hard. Many names are already connected to people you’ve met. Other names can quickly turn into negative nicknames.  And not to mention trying to pick a first name that won’t be confused with the last name, that’s also a first name – Craig.

As hard as it is, we’ve been able to get it down to two finalist names – Graham and Trevor.

When I asked ‘J’ about the name Graham, he looked at me and said, “Hmmmm, I call him Graham cracker.”  Sounds appropriate for a big brother, doesn’t it?

“Graham cracker” or not- we still have a couple months to make a final decision.

How did you come up with your child’s name? How did your parents come up with your name?


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  1. Ashley Hall says:

    Jackson is a family name, so I knew that it was at the top of my baby-name list. It evokes emotion of my grandmother (her maiden name) and my brother. My husband’s father was an amazing man, who lost his life too young, and we wanted to honor him. Thus, Alan became a top choice. Alan Jackson was obviously going to lead to snickers and jokes. So, even though Jackson was suddenly one of the most popular boys names, we went with it. We have a very small family, so it’s extremely important for my kids to be connected to their extended family and heritage. That trumps the fact that every 4th kid will share his name. At the end of the day, it IS your choice as the parent. You set the stage for your child’s life and the first big decision you make for them in that journey is their name. I think you have two great top choices!

    1. Danielle Craig says:

      It’s great to honor family through names! We like to choose a significant family name for the middle name!

  2. Miah says:

    My first son I named Alexander Robert Robert is his gradfathers name and Alexander I liked my baby is 4 months and he is Eric Allen after his dad and dads grandfather.

    1. Danielle Craig says:

      I love the name Robert! In fact, my Grandpa, Dad and little brother share the name. My brother is also passing the name this fall! His wife is expecting the same week as me!

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