Wednesday, May 4, 2011

You are the echo of my heart..... but that name still sucks.

Does everyone else remember where they were when they heard that Shrimp and Eric were going to name their new beautiful baby girl Echo? I know, we were all shell-shocked that the baby got here earlier than expected and we found out it was a girl! And we were all just so excited that the only real downer for the day was the name. Echo? Really?

It just didn't fit. She was such a beautiful baby. In case you need a refresher, here she is, just a few days old.

Yes, she was gorgeous right from the start

Echo seems like a name that would belong to a fugly baby that was birthed from a crunchy granola chick with other kids named crap like "Birch" or "Shadow". Shrimp and Eric are (relatively) normal, so the name was a shock.

And middle name? Michelle. Seriously, there was just no upside to that name. Of course, now the name fits her because we're used to it but I still think she should have had a pretty name, like Juliania or Francesca. I mean, look at this kid. She's gorgeous! Not a granola bone in her body.

Ask her about recycling and she just says, "I no cycling, Anna". If that's not an earth-hater, I don't know what is.

But that brings me to the point of this blog. Names. It's what our parents cursed us with and what we'll do or have done to our own children, like it or not. I think it would be awesome if we could change our first names with every major life change: starting kindergarten, puberty, graduation, marriage. That way we'd have some control over what we're referred to as every day. As it is, we're stuck with our names. Sure, you could change it later, but good luck trying to get all your friends and family to call you something new.

Sorry about the birth certificate- I was trying to catch Osama Bin Laden

Take my name, for example. Anna. I hate it. It's boring, I have no alternative, the only thing it rhymes with is 'banana' (hey, spoiler alert every person on the planet, I've heard that one before!), and the worst part? Think about this: no matter what you're watching, and irrelevant of nationality, the small, hunched over cleaning lady that they call in to clean up the puke is going to be named Anna. Seriously, I've done my due diligence with this one so I know of what I speak. If anything, it could have been longer. I always wished when I was little and they were calling names out on the first day of school (when they read out the first, middle, and last names) that my name was really Anastasia so at least it'd make Anna sound cooler. And to suck it up even more? My middle name is Michelle. Just like Echo. I begged them to reconsider her middle name at least but that was a no go.

This subject has been the hot topic for the last week, as I suspect it will be for at least another  4 months or so, since Roughie discovered she was pregnant last week. Since then, the name obsession has begun. I get at least one phone call a day with the latest, "Tell me if this sounds stupid" name list. And I gotta admit, most of them do so far. But she's totally OCD and I expect this to not only continue, but to ramp up exponentially until she finally decides on some names. Forget about waiting to find out what she's having: that's way too far away. She needs help and she needs it now.

So here's what she's done. She's set up a website with her list of names and you get to go online and vote thumbs up or down on the names. She's very excited that everyone who reads this will get to go online and vote on her names; the more input, the better. But first, here's a little background. She has an Italian last name, so keep that in mind. For the sake of this post, we'll say it's Manicotti. Just imagine a first name that goes with that. And her other kids have normal names: Ben, Ryan, and Julia. So even if you like the name, ask yourself if a "Brogan Manicotti" would fit in with the rest of the kids. I'll give you the link at the end of the post.

Also, feel free to chime in with your comments. If you have a super awesome name but the thought of sleeping with that man that you secretly refer to as 'the future late Mr. your-last-name-here'  in order to reproduce another spawn from Satan is just too much to handle, then now's your chance! You could live vicariously through Roughie if the name is cool enough. Examples of a cool name? McLovin. Upgrayyed. Rebate.Wifi. Female pronounced to rhyme with tamale. I'm just trying to get your creative juices flowing here. But FYI, Bobby and I have dibs on all those names.

Here are the names to avoid, since they are the top 10 of 2010 (we want to avoid trendy- remember all the Makaylas and McKenzies and Brittanys?) :

Girls' Names
  1. Sophia
  2. Isabella
  3. Olivia
  4. Emma
  5. Chloe
  6. Ava
  7. Lily
  8. Madison
  9. Addison
  10. Abigail
Boys' Names
  1. Aiden
  2. Jacob
  3. Jackson
  4. Ethan
  5. Jayden
  6. Noah
  7. Logan
  8. Caden
  9. Lucas
  10. Liam
Although I have to admit that I like most of these names. What can I say? I'm a follower. And naturally, Roughie has Ava listed at leat 18 times on her list. We are such dorks.

One recommendation I have is to think of the nickname. If it's too short and there is no nickname, then that'll suck later for the kid if, like me, they hate their name because then there is NO ALTERNATIVE. On the other hand, you can have a really cool name like Harrison, but do you like the nickname Harry? Because it'll most likely happen. Imagine worst case scenario.

Okay people, it's go time. Go to the link, vote on the names, and give Roughie your best recommendations. Some poor kid is going to have to live with this name for the rest of their lives. No pressure!


Kim said...

Your name is great, I like Anna. How about Kim? I've always hated it....boring! LOL!

Anna said...

I like the name Kimberly. I guess it just proves that the grass is always greener, right? I always try to picture the name on a grown person to see if it works. Like the name Cody- works for a kid, but as a grown man, it just sounds weird.

Layla said...

When I was little, I used to hate my name because I was the only one with it. Now I love it but hate it when it's mispronounced.I'll be struggling to find a name when Bryce and I have kids, he already knows a boy will have to be a Jr. But for a girl, I feel like I change my mind each time I read a good book:) I'm loving the names Katerina, Natasha and Aria right now and he hates them all:/

Layla said...

Btw- Layla is my dog, for anyone else who reads this my name is Eva (pronounced Ava).

Anna said...

Ooh, I love those names! But yeah, the hard part is trying to get the guys to agree. They always like the boring stuff. Rough's husband said he doesn't care, she can name it what she wants. Woohoo!

Anna said...

I'm addicted to that name website. It turns out you can vote on other people's lists too! Oh, the power! But it's given me ideas for other names. Here are the girl names I like: Jocelyn (Josie for short), Jillian, Charlotte, Leah, Lydia, Samantha, Tabitha (Toby for short). For boys, I like: Cole, Cooper, Graham, Grayson, Holden, Lucas, Peter, Douglas, and Geoffrey. And I think those names would work with Rough's last name.

Heidi von Weitzer said...

First things first..... I find the name " Echo" really great. But I am European so what do I know. LOL

Ever Since I know and realize that I can change my name I like it. I just adopted the Name of my Great Grandfather ( long story and now my name is Heidi von Weitzer ( look it up on the Internet) lol.

Anna I love your name It's so American LOL, but really I love your name.




Anna said...

Thank you Heidi- and thanks for reading! I know, we all go through a love/hate relationship with our names (I'm hoping I get to the 'love' phase with mine eventually). I like names with stories behind them. And to be fair, the name Echo does have a story behind it, they didn't just pick it out of a hat or anything. Interestingly, 'Echo' in greek mythology was a wood nymph who was obsessed with her own voice. I never knew that until yesterday.

Thong said...

Talk about hating your name. But I'm at a point where I just don't care.

Ann aka Mimi said...

well, I for one, LOVE the name Echo...and she is the Echo of so many far as mine...can't do much with Ann one way or another...Mimi works for me better defines me...

Melissa Marolla Brown said...

As a linguist, I am and have always been a name-nerd too. It's just a language related obsession. Pretty ones sound like poetry (I am also a huge fan of the Juliana, Francesca, etc. type!) while bad ones are just pet-peeves. My husband and I have our future baby girl's name ready to go.

I always hated my name too, mostly because I was always one of at least 3 in any given class and it showed my parents' lack of creativity. I mean, #2 on the most popular list. "Melissa" screams the 1970s.

I vow to give my children names that are unique enough (rare classics) without deliberately causing them embarrassment. Especially since I married a "Brown"! ;)

For good ideas, a message board, etc. etc., try

Melissa Marolla Brown said...

P.S. I started liking my name more when I found out that it was from Greek mythology too and read more classic literature with variants like Melisande.

Anna said...

Melissa, I loved your point of view! And thanks for the website. Roughie will be sure to do some research for the meaning behind the name. Thong, you win hands down for worst name. Sorry dude. Ann, I may not love the name Echo but I sure do love the girl :).

Buttcrack McGee said...

Totally stole this, but thought I'd share:

Mariah Carey gave birth to twins over the weekend, but so far she and her husband Nick Cannon have been real coy about revealing their names. Until now. I don’t know about you, but I’m on pins and needles.

CNN says…

Their son is named Moroccan Scott Cannon. Scott is Nick’s middle name, as well as his grandmother’s maiden name.
The top tier of Mariah’s New York City apartment is called the Moroccan Room, because of the Moroccan-inspired decor.

Their daughter’s name is Monroe Cannon. Mariah’s rep says she does not have a middle name because Mariah herself does not have one. Monroe was named after Marilyn Monroe, who has been an inspiration to Mariah her whole life.

Oh Jesus Christ. Moroccan Cannon? He might as well be named Push Me In The Mud Puddle Cannon. At best he sounds like a firework, at worst a vibrator. Oh, but I’m sure once he explains he’s named after his grandmother and a decor, the other kids will change that to, “a vibrator for men” and adjust their insults and punches accordingly.

Anonymous said...


Robert Matos said...

Who are you the name god?

Anna said...

Holy shit Buttcrack McGee- that was so funny I spit my vodka tonic all over my dashboard and almost hit the car in front of me on my way to yoga. You absolutely have to be a guest blogger.

Debbie said...

Anna.....Found this and thought you might find it humorous (I did!)