Why would anyone name a baby "Denver"?

So, my latest hero is named Denver.  Part of a side plot is that when people ask him why his parents named him that, he won't say.  People guess, but he shakes his head.  I need more "guesses", more reasons why Mom & Dad may have chosen his rather unusual name.

These are what I have so far:

* He was conceived in Colorado.

* His mother went into labor at Mile-High Stadium.

* His mother loved the music of John Denver and/or he was conceived at a John Denver concert.

* His father is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan.

* It is his mother's maiden name.

* Mom suggested "Austin" as a possible name and Dad retorted 'Might as well name him Detroit or Denver!' and Denver stuck.

* Mom & Dad compromised--He wanted Dennis, she wanted Xavier.

* They possibly just saw it in a book and thought it was unique.


Any creative ideas?  When I get my book published, I'll thank you in the credits!



December 8, 2012 9:40 AM

I can't think of anything right now, but I'll try... 


December 8, 2012 1:17 PM

any conection to the city, mom and dad went to school there, or originally came from there, maybe theres another unknown denver in another state.  maybe dennis is a long used family name and one parent hated the name so used denver to honor the family name.   or a funny one could be either dad has horrible handwriting or mom was still drugged up and filled out the birth certificate with another name that the people could not read so when they recieved the certificate in the mail it said denver and they kept it.

December 8, 2012 6:16 PM

There's a (very) small town in Pennsylvania named Denver.

December 8, 2012 9:39 PM

Oh, yes, I'll use this!  Isn't that how Oprah got her name?  A typo on the birth certificate--she was supposed to be Orpah.  Thanks


December 8, 2012 6:23 PM

Mom was a big Toni Morrison fan? (One of the characters in Beloved is named Denver.)

December 8, 2012 9:40 PM

I like this, too.  I can definitely have one of the "guessers" guess this.  Thanks!


December 11, 2012 1:34 AM

His mom was expecting a girl named Jennifer.  Denver was the closest boys name she could get.

December 11, 2012 2:09 AM

Similar to your Dennis/Xavier idea (without the extra "i")... Named after combo of relatives' names (aunts/aunt and uncle/grandmothers, etc.,) Denise (Dennis) and Veronica.

I want to make some kind of silly joke about the "ver" part being short for version. Like, Dennis Version 2.0 being his full name but called Denver for short.

December 12, 2012 6:01 PM

I'm really liking both these ideas...I may even change the ACTUAL reason I had for his being named Denver (I didn't list it). 

He would have been born circa 1975--did we have computers and "versions" then?  Dennis Smith, Jr., Dennis, Version 2, Den-Ver, Denver...I'll have to do some research.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions!  This keeps me motivated to write!

December 12, 2012 7:25 PM

Glad to help!

December 12, 2012 10:41 PM

If he was born in 1975, Mom wasn't a Toni Morrison fan. Beloved wasn't published until 1987. The Bluest Eye was published in 1970, but that didn't feature a character named Denver.

Perhaps Mom was a John Denver junkie, and he was born in the Rocky Mountains (or West Virginia).

December 27, 2012 11:40 PM

Yes, the character would have been born in the '70's.  So the Toni Morrison book (and the Dennis, Version 2 idea) couldn't be actual reasons his parents named him Denver, but they can both be guesses the other characters come up with.  Thank you for the info on the dates!

December 12, 2012 9:41 PM

How about his Mom's favorite show while growing up was Gilligan's Island. Dad thought Gilligan was a proposterous name! Mom told Dad that the actor's name was Bob Denver. Dad's name was Robert, or they had a thing about not using palindrome names or something, but anyway it came down to Denver was all that was left. :)

January 1, 2013 10:01 AM

He was born in Denver, relative had a connection to Denver, parents are fans of a Denver sports' team...

January 9, 2013 10:50 PM

I had a friend growing up named Utah. He got all the obvious guesses about being born/conceived there, being Mormon, etc. Actual reason? He was named after his uncle. So the uncle was born/conceived there or something, right? Nope, named after some other relative. They apparently didn't know the original origin of the name in the family (or just wouldn't say).

April 1, 2015 10:11 PM

There is a book written by John Green called "Looking for Alaska" and one of the characters is actually named Alaska, her story is that her parents couldn't agree on a name (between Harmony and Mary) and her gift for her 7th birthday was that she got to choose her name.

In Boy Meets World there is a character named Topanga.  Apparently the producer called the creator of the show while he was driving down the highway and insisted on a name for a character at that very moment and the creater looked around and saw the sign for "Topanga Canyon" and blurted it out, claiming that if he'd been 2 miles down the road the character would've been named "Canoga" instead. So maybe the father couldn't be there at the time of the birth?  Calls? suggests a name from the first thing he sees which happens to be a road sign to Denver?

Anyway hope these help :)