The Name Game

by Kate, aka Knitschmidt. ;)

As days go by and negotiations continue, one thing has become crystal clear. My husband and I are probably not qualified to give a child the name it is going to be saddled with for the rest of it’s life. I think we did okay with the first three. And if this baby is a girl, I think we’ve got it reasonably covered. But we’re completely tapped out of boy names.

For the time being, Baby Knitschmidt is known as “Sheldon the Gummi Bear.” This has caused some concern for family members. Mr. Knit’s cousin left him a voice message last week. “Is it a boy?! SHELDON?! Are you REALLY going to name it Sheldon?” Tempting, but, no. Our first ultrasound looked like a turtle, so we named it after Sheldon, the knit turtle. Our three year old saw our first 3D ultrasound and yelled “gummi bear!” Thus Sheldon the Gummi Bear was born. Well, not born, but you know what I’m saying.

We’ve been through the baby name book and really, there aren’t many boy names you can put with our last name! It’s long, it’s German, it’s mispronunciations have earned me the nickname “Whippershit.” John Jacob Jingleheimer Knitschmidt has been a strong contender. Hubby thinks Danger would be a fabulous middle name. Go ahead… say it. “Danger IS my middle name.” Upon watching The Incredibles we decided maybe Jack-Jack Danger would be good. My Father-in-law’s old standby, Wolfgang has been tossed around. Or the kids suggestion from last time: Marshmallow Jigglypuff.

Don’t even get me going on the Popular Baby Name List, the Social Security Administration just released. “You simply CANNOT choose a name in the top 10!” With the trouble we have finding a name, why in the world would we take it off the list just because it’s popular? If we like it, agree on it, it works with our last name and eventually the kid will be able to spell it, then it’s a winner if it’s popular or not!!

I caught a typo on a list I’m on for due dates: Knitschmidt, Suprise, Sue Sept 2011. Sue!! We could have a boy named Sue! Johnny Cash even has a song for it!

But since we can’t find one we like and agree on that goes with our last name, it will most likely end up being “Baby Boy.” Or we could just stick with “Sheldon the Gummi Bear!” It IS growing on me

Comments

  1. Amy Lynn says

    I am a big Friends fan and in one episode, Phoebe changes her name to “Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock” and her husband Mike changed his name to “Crap Bag”. My dad, knowing about the episode, played a prank on me when A was born. He filled out a copy of the birth certificate with my name as Princess Consuela Banana-Hammock, and the baby’s as Crap Bag! Not a nice trick to play on a person mid-contraction, but now I can laugh!
    I like Sheldon the gummy bear! Nobody would EVER forget his name!

    • says

      When Emily guessed “girl” on the forums, she said “and her name shall be Princess Consuela Banana Hammock,” and it IS on the short list!

      Then she turned on me and guessed boy again.

  2. says

    Baby naming is hard! My hubby and I don’t agree. We both have very common names and both like unique names. He likes so unique it could border on weird, I like unique enough you don’t have to share your name with every person you come in contact with.

    I am hoping I can just pull the “I am the one who has to carry and birth this child” card and veto his suggestions. We will see!

  3. Alyssa says

    We have some of the same issues only because my husband and I have 6 brothers and 13 nephews. It’s really hard to avoid all those first, middle, first-middle, second-middle, etc, names!! My husband also wanted to name our son Jerrell after Superman… Where do they come up with these things?!?

    Anyway, for our first son, we decided on William Robert. If we have another boy it will be Nicholas David. :) Some of our other favorites were Trey, Andrew, Henry and Charlie. Good luck finding the perfect handle! Sheldon the Gummi Bear is always a great fall-back!!

  4. says

    Just some ideas:
    Reed
    Calvin
    Michael
    Patrick
    Frederick
    James
    Zackery
    David
    Davis
    Jake
    Eli
    Frank
    Samuel
    Joshua
    Noah
    Bobby
    Robby
    Jack
    Jackson
    Ryan
    Blessings to you! :)

  5. Sara Phillips says

    Boys names I LOVE (but my husband didn’t agree with me on ..)

    1. Brendan
    2. Ethan
    3. Scott
    4. Riley
    5. Benjamin

    I can’t wait to see/hear what you decide to name this sweet new baby! :) Congratulations!!

  6. says

    I was teaching preschool when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I let the students submit names suggestions. “Princess Sparkle Bus” and variations of “Gray Pokemon” were the top contenders all year. Kids are funny.

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