If you had to name your child after a…
Years before having children, my husband and I entertained ourselves with a naming game where we had to pick our child’s name from a category like types of trees or any inanimate object in our livingroom. For us, it was a fun way to discuss names and naming styles without the pressure of having to agree on a name for a real person.
-Choose a boy name and a girl name from two previous categories and one new one.
-The name must be the actual English word for something in the category. For example, if the category is tree, the challenge is to pick a name of a type of tree like Cedar or Evergreen, not Daphne (Greek for “laurel”) or Ashley (“ash tree clearing”).
-You can suggest a nickname, e.g., Tina for Argentina (category=country), but the name on the (hypothetical) birth certificate has to come from the category.
-The rest of the world is naming their children like usual. You are sending your dear little Argentina, nn Tina, into the same naming landscape as you are sending (would send) your real children.
Here are three categories to start. If I had to name my child after…
A type of tree: B- Ash; G- Magnolia, nn Maggie
A country: B- Israel; G- India, nn Indy
A type of spice: B- Sage; G-Anise, nn Annie
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:07pm