I’m always fascinated by people’s name choices for their children.
Some of my friend’s choices have been traditional. Others unusual. Some have come with a story. Others were a negotiation. Some have shocked me. Others had long been decided. But all names, of course, have suited the child in the end.
My children’s names are Reid and Ramona.
Choosing my son’s name was easy. After watching season five of the Bachelorette, I fell in love with the name Reid and my husband agreed to it. Of course, I didn’t mention I got the name idea from The Bachelorette, otherwise Reid would certainly not be Reid today.
My daughter’s name was a much longer negotiation.
I have always loved the name Ramona. My favourite childhood book was Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and I had always envisioned my daughter would be just like that Ramona- slightly dishevelled, always curious and forever adventurous. But, I suppose the name Ramona is somewhat polarizing- either you like it or you don’t- and my husband was a “don’t”. I can always tell the other “don’ts” when they ask me if Ramona is a family name, with a quizzical look in their eyes…
So, my husband and I made an agreement. If the baby came out with a full head of hair, she would be Ramona. And if she didn’t, she would be Paige. And, sure enough, she was a perfect little Ramona, with her full head of hair. She actually looks so much like the book cover that I know it was always meant to be. P.S. My husband came around to love the name (obviously).
Choosing a name is hard! There is so much pressure to “get it right” and, though there are so many possibilities to choose from, it suddenly feels like there’s no good options when the pressure is on. I like this article that goes through what expecting parents need to consider before make this seemingly monumental decision. So true.
Does your child’s name have a story? How did you choose?
Photos taken by my sister-in-law and her photography partner, located in the Calgary area.