Much to the chagrin of family and friends, we chose not to reveal the names of our son Reuben until he was born and we are doing the same thing with this little guy. However, this hasn’t stopped people from guessing! I read an article on NPR recently about baby name hostility and it confirmed exactly why we haven’t shared the name- we just don’t want to deal with the drama of unwanted opinions! Even after people share the names of their kids parents, strangers and other well-meaning folks will say ask if they can call the child by his initials instead of his first name, because they prefer it to his given name.
One friend recently told me that her mother called her after her daughter was born trying to convince her to change her granddaughters name! Granted, she also shared that her parents were prone to enjoy some homemade wine on a summer evening and that the phone call might have been made on a night of imbibing. What has the world come to when even parents drunk-dial not for a booty call but for a baby-name change call?!
Well, borrowing an idea from my friend and fellow blogger Grace I decided to also share some clues for the name of baby boy #2.
Clue #1: Baby boy’s first name is found in Shakespeare’s King Lear, Batman Comics, a T.V. show from the 1950’s, and a popular Christian devotional.
Clue #2: Origin & meaning of baby’s name are found in the following pictures:
Clue # 3: Baby boy’s middle name is found in the following clues:
And is in the top 75 names for boys in 2010.
The person who guesses the actual name, or closest to it will be rewarded with the satisfaction for being clever and a copy of Tim Stafford’s Never Mind the Joneses; Building Core Christian Values in a way that Fits your Family.
I read this book a few years ago after attending a seminar led by Tim Stafford at a staff conference- I found it to be incredibly helpful in thinking about how God wants to uniquely express himself through our family. Once the baby is born, I’ll reveal the winner. I can’t wait to read people’s guesses!