I went through the scrapbooks to dig up these pics of the kids and remember the stories of how we picked their names. I am too lazy to dig through all the old hard drives for digital copies, but I wanted to respond to a new name blogger's query through nameberry.
How They Were Named
James Daniel B. was the name of Joe's paternal grandpa. James is also my dad's middle name. When Joe first suggested we name our son James, I was not
enthused. James was also the name of a child I knew when I was growing up; that
James was an oddball homeschooled kid stereotype and once stuck green M&M's up his nose. But now I am so glad we named him James, and it's grown to be my favorite boy name as our boy has grown. I like the James Bond association, too (if I ignore the misogyny).
William Joseph: William was another name from Joe's family tree. Joe had an ancestor on his mother's side who was named William Durrell McCarty. I'd wanted to use Joseph as a middle for James, but we used it for Will's name, instead--if one son is fully named after a great-grandparent, then the next son should get the father's first as a middle name, I figured. Took me some time to get used to the name William/Will because it reminded me of the 80's movie Willow
. But there is truly no other name for this child. He's the strongest-willed person I know.
Elise Marie--We both really loved the simple, sophisticated Elise for a girl, although she could have been an Alison). Again, Joe's family tree was the inspiration source; he had a maternal ancestor named Elise Haseloff. I also love Fur Elise
by Beethoven. Marie is a name I have always loved.
Zachary Allan: the name of boy #3 was a contentious issue and it took us a long-@ss time to negotiate. Joe liked Jackson (gasp, especially with our other kids' names) and Allan, and that was pretty much it. He later revealed that he was joking about Jackson (what the..?). Allan was the name of Joe's childhood friend he used to fish with. It's a great name but I couldn't stand the thought of Al with our last name (too much like Married With Children'
s Al Bundy). So after I suggested my perfectly reasonable, nice name choices and he shot them all down, I suggested the traditional and non-noveau-cool Zachary (Zach) in desperation and he agreed ("like Zack Morris!"). But by then, the big kids had gotten really attached to an early favorite (Alexander/Alex). It took some serious convincing that the parents were the ones who got to pick the baby's name, not the kids.
George Thomas: (will update soon; 5th child syndrome)
Arthur Niels: (will update soon; 6th child syndrome)
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