It’s MY turn!

Okay, I know I write this blog and everything, but really, readers, this is your blog. Really, it’s all about you. Yes, it is. Don’t argue with me. I’ve been talking and typing to share this info with you guys; If I wanted it for me, hell, I have my own mind to store the info I find!

But now, it’s my turn. I’ve been going through a rough patch, naming wise. I’m having second thoughts about some names, I’m adding names that leap up the lists, and I’m seriously confused. (More so than usual!) Recently, I’ve been having inner duals between Caroline and Coraline, Lydia is nearing the top of the charts, Josephine has been stirred into the mix, Beatrix is squeezing her way into the combos, Isadora is slipping a bit, I’m reconsidering Evangeline, Susanna is being moved into the middle slot, I’m reconsidering double middle names, and Eloise has entered the fray of middle names, to name a few.

As for my boys, my top two (James Daniel and Archer Leonard) are still the best for me, but after that, I blank. I’m not sure what the fudge to do. Sure, there are plenty of names I like, Harrison, Declan, Ciaran, Bennett, Harper, Stellan… But none of those really spark, really show me I could use them, like Archer and James do for me.

I don’t know what I need, whether it’s a break, naming rehab, or just a stronger dosage of medication (or perhaps a combination), but I’m truly at a loss. I’m grasping at straws. I used to be able to play Baby Name Games where you had to name 10 children, and I’d struggle to decide whether Mitchell or Levi would be my last kid, ’cause I loved both of them; or whether I should use Margaret and Denise for middle names, or Leah and Angela. But now? Now, I have four blanks left (mainly for my boys), and I constantly think, I would seriously only use three or four of these names on real kids of mine.

I’ve also been toying with the idea of bringing back my double middle names, but with a twist: The first time around, I used both middle names as opportunities to use family names. This time, I’ve been considering using the first middle name as a name I like so much I don’t want to give it up, and the second middle saved for family names. (So instead of Caroline Anita Margaret, I’d use Lydia Caroline Anita.)

So let’s have an inverted blog, just for this post. I want you guys to give me information. Whether that’s just your favorite name at the moment, how you’ve revamped your lists, or how you deal when you baby naming mind is swamped, tell me. If anyone has some tips for this type of rehabilitation, I’d be more than willing to hear them. Toodle pip!

And now the real game begins…

Well, as I promised you, I’m here to tell you all about my top three favorite boy’s names. Last time, I told you all about Caroline Maria, Adriana Karen, and Isadora Amelia. (My tastes have since switched Adriana and Isadora’s middle names.) Now, I’m here to welcome you to James Daniel, Archer Leonard, and Harrison Michael.

My first favorite, and one that I think I’ll never grow out of, is James Daniel. Really, the only true meaning behind choosing this name is the fact that James and Daniel are my brothers. The only switch-up I made between my bro’s names and these is the nickname for James. My brother has always been Jim, Jimmy, or Jimbo. He’s never not Jimmy. So, I switched James Daniel’s nickname to Jamie. Why? Three reasons: One, so that when little James and namesake James are together, they aren’t mixed up by calling “JIMMY!” and having two people answer “YES?”. The next is that I have a female cousin named Jamie that I’d like to honor, and, to be honest, I really detest unisex names on girls with a passion. So, I figured this killed the proverbial two birds with the proverbial stone. Finally: I just like Jamie more than Jimmy.

Next on the agenda is Archer Leonard. Ever since hearing of Amy Poehler’s baby Archibald, I started thinking: “I love Archie as a nickname — It’s absolutely stinking adorable, but I really don’t like the -bald in the name.” So what’s a girl to do? Find a substitute, of course! Now, I’d heard of Archer before, but being the absentminded person I am, that name was completely out of my head when I was thinking of Arch- names. So I went onto babynames *DOT* com, looked up names beginning with Arch-, and found: Arch, Archer, Archibald, Archie, and Archwood. I eliminated all I found very bad, and was left with Archer! Leonard is my mother’s father’s name, and he’s very near and dear to me, so I wanted to honor him.

Last, but not least, is a name that was hiding in obscurity on my list for some time, but has now come to its peak in the #3 slot on my list: Harrison Michael. Harrison is a name I’ve loved ever since seeing the Robert Downey Jr. movie, Heart and Souls. I combine that with my love of Harry Potter, and get Harrison with the nickname Harry! Michael is Leonard’s middle name, my mother’s brother’s name, and my brother James’s middle name, so it figures that I’d want to use it in some combo of mine.

So there we go! That’s Jamie, Archie, and Harry. AWWW!

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