Thoughts on Joachim
Joachim has long been one of my favorite boy names. I've tried to convince my husband of it for several years now, but he always wrinkles his nose. In the past it was because it was so unusual -- we don't know anyone personally with this name -- and we weren't sure of a nickname (Joe is out because of a notorious ex-boyfriend) and we both like figuring out a nn so that *we* can decide what the baby's called by my nn-happy family. More recently he dislikes it because of the NBA player Joakim Noah, who he doesn't care for, and who he says will be the only reference for the name most Americans will have, and everyone will therefore think we named our baby after the basketball player.
I have researched the name extensively and love: that it's the name of a saint; that it's not uncommon in Europe (I tend to like pan-European-type names); and its sound. The latter point comes up sometimes when I ask people about the name -- not everyone knows how to pronounce it, and many see that as a dealbreaker (I say JO-ah-kim, which I've found listed as the standard English pronunciation, and is the only pronunciation I've heard at church). And I came up with a nn that my husband and I both love: Jake. To me, this nn deals with pronunciation issues (since it starts with the same sound as our preferred pronunciation of Joachim), and since we're a nicknamey family, I can imagine Joachim would really only get pulled out at the doctor's office/on the first day of school/on his baptism day and when I might feel like saying his given name. I also love watching my husband's face change when I ask him again about Joachim (nose wrinkle) and then remind him of the nn Jake (his face softens and he always says, "I really like Jake").
I've run it by some family and friends, but mostly get silence. One wondered if it was pronounced ho-kim, which is not a pronunciation I've come across anywhere else. I've googled it to see if there's any bad cultural reference that I'm unaware of, but I haven't found anything.
So I'd love to know what all your thoughts are on the name. Is there something about it I'm missing that makes it objectively unlikable?
Sat, 02/08/2014 - 12:50pm