Naming your baby is huge. I don’t know about you, but I have been working on my baby name lists since elementary school. The front runners have changed over the years, which is probably for the best, but the qualifiers for consideration and selection have stayed pretty much the same:
- Timeless over trendy
- Unique without being U-neekp (the “p” is silent)
We named our first baby “Lyla” 5 years ago. At the time, we didn’t know any Lylas, but now it’s relatively common. Still, it hasn’t broken the top 100, so I’m happy with it. Most recently, we went a bit further off the beaten path, and named our son “Karrick”. I love the name. It means rock, and it’s a nod to my dad’s name (He’s a “Rick”). During pregnancy, I heard over and over again how unusual it was, but it didn’t prepare me for the reality of naming my baby something that doesn’t even break the top 1,000 on Nameberry.
I knew going in that he would never find his name on a bicycle license plate, and I’m okay with that. What I do feel a little bit bad about is how much trouble others seem to have when reading or repeating his name the first time they hear it. About 6 weeks after he was born, we all ventured out to my daughter’s Mommy and Me music class. We were halfway through when I realized the teacher had been calling him Keurig the whole time. Yes. Like the coffee machine. A more common response has been a polite but concerned look as the new acquaintance clarifies, “Oh…His name is carrot? How…U-neekp…”. Oy. It turns out, my little man’s name is hard to decipher even in print. When his name is being called at the doctors office, the nurses aren’t sure. Is it “Car-ick”?…. “Curick?”….Is it a typo?
Because of these encounters, I have begun enunciating every syllable of his name as clearly as possible. As soon as I get the “Awww, what’s his name?” question, I begin speaking like a slow motion robot, emphasizing every letter sound as carefully as I can. I’ve found that it’s easier to just automatically follow up with, “Like Eric- with a ‘K’!”.
I know by the time my little guy hits kindergarten, he will probably be used to it. Even though it seems to be a little trickier than I had originally thought, I hope he grows to love it as much as I do. Because even now, I wouldn’t change his name. It suits him, and I just can’t imagine him as anything else.
Did you give your baby a unique name? Do you have a unique name yourself? Share away!