And I had the extra challenge of making sure that our name worked in both English and Spanish and we had to pick a boys and a girls name because we didn’t know what we were having.
I agonized over the process…poring over baby name books and conducting endless internet searches…all in the hopes of finding that perfect name. Or rather the perfect 3 names because I was convinced I should have a shortlist of 3 and then when I saw my child for the first time I would just KNOW which name was the right one.
You know what they say about the best laid plans…
With my first child I got my shortlist down to about 11 and then I couldn’t bear to cut any more. And then one day hubby says to me all too casually “What about Malia for a girl?”
The other 11 on my girls list just disappeared…hubby had chosen the perfect name. I was in love. Thank goodness we had a girl…
With our second child I recycled many of the favourites on my first list (of course) and again got to the point where I just couldn’t edit it down anymore.
Once again hubby stepped in with the winner. Casually email to say “hey I found this website of Latina girls names…what about Téa?”
So here – in no particular order because it’s been way too long – are some of the other names we considered.
Juliana – this was a very close 2nd place finisher for our 2nd daughter. But we thought it was just a little too formal.
Amaya – a name I could never drop from the list completely…but I was pretty sure we would never use.
Alicia – pronounced A-lee-see-ah. And the fact that I had to sound out the pronunciation phonetically is exactly why we dropped it.
Trevor – but we thought it would be weird to name our son after the only man I am allowed to leave my hubby for. One day Mr. Linden…one day…
Lucas – this was always at the top of the boys list.
Adrian – another solid boys choice…although kind of a girly sounding boys name in my humble opinion. (apologies to any male Adrian’s that may have stumbled upon this post…it’s nothing personal.)
Luciana – I have met 2 Luciana’s in my life and they are both amazing women. I love the name.
Ava – a top contender until we noticed it was the 2nd most popular name that year. I went to school with too many Kelly’s (number one name in my year) and didn’t want to do that to my kids.
-- and finally the history on the winning names --
Malia – pronounced Ma-lee-ah (like Maria but with an L) – her name is often mis-pronounced and she gets pretty testy about that. It’s Polynesian and means `calm and peaceful`. Hmmm…I guess descriptions aren’t always accurate.
Téa –keeping the traditional latin spelling with the é proved to be a bit of a mistake. No one knows what the accent means and she often gets call Tea (as in do you want a cup of…) When this happens I get pretty testy myself…I mean why would I name my kid Tea? Then I remember that anything goes these days. (I’m looking at you – parents of Audio Science and Moxie Crimefighter.)
Despite their minor challenges I absolutely ADORE my daughter’s names…and they suit them both to a T. I think we did all right with our huge responsibility. I’m just glad I won’t have to do it again!
And there you have it…the answer to what’s in a name…
Linking up with the Stasha for another MondayListicles.