Luis? Juan? Name the Curtis baby
What’s in a name? Turns out everything, especially when you are responsible for the moniker of your unborn child.
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I’d like to say that I am being coy and secretive and that Mr C and I have a shortlist of suitable names for Curtis Junior, but that’s just not the case.
We have rolled a few around but nothing is sticking.
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All of Mr C’s choices have been inspired by Premier League football players, or managers.
At one point he was pushing particularly hard for Luis, but since controversial Liverpool player Suarez has put in a transfer request that name has a big scratch through it. (Lottie also likes the name Louis but her choice is inspired by the cute boy from One Direction).
Mr C also banded Juan around for a while. (Seriously? We don’t have any Spanish connections that I am aware of).
But say Juan and our surname out loud and you might find yourself uttering something that sounds suspiciously like a rude word.
We have thrown it open to our parents in a bid to see if there are any names that can be plucked from the family tree.
If I look to my own grandfathers for inspiration I have Roland and Sidney. On Mr C’s side there’s Maurice and Owen, go further back and we find Lavender and Frederick.
I have to tread carefully here as all of the above carry an association with a person that is held dear, so I won’t be passing any judgement on why these names haven’t made it onto the shortlist as first name material.
I will admit, however, I have a soft spot for Maurice. For a couple of weeks I persuaded Mr C that its derivative ‘Mo’ was a cool name for our baby but he got stuck on the idea of him being called ‘Baby Mo’, then ‘Little Mo’ as a child and ‘Big Mo’ as an adult, so we had to go back to the drawing board, again.
Lottie has a few ideas for her new baby brother’s handle, mostly inspired by whatever TV programme she has been watching – Disney’s Good Luck Charlie is favourite at the moment.
So, her suggestion is Toby, which reminds me of a one-winged seagull I had as a child. Long story made short: I found it in a field on a windy day. It had suffered a compound fracture of its wing, which was then amputated by a well-meaning RSPB officer, much to my parents’ surprise, when they tried to hand it into their care.
The gull came back home with us and went on to live for a very long time in a chicken hutch in our back garden.
One friend told me she never shared any of her children’s name ideas because, with the best will in the world, everyone has an opinion, or makes a mental connection to someone they know as soon as you tell them your choice.
My brother kept his name selection for his little boy, who was born in April, close to his chest for this very reason.
However, when he told me what he was called I have to admit I was mildly miffed – he had unwittingly stolen mine and Mr C’s first choice (this is when we were in agreement) by calling my new nephew Theodore.
I did have a giggle to myself when it occurred to me if I call Baby Curtis ‘Alvin’, we will have the all The Chipmunks – my brother’s name is Simon – but I am resisting the temptation.
It certainly wasn’t this difficult to come up with a girl’s name, although I do remember sitting on the sofa running through the 4,000 Baby Name book literally ticking the ones Mr C and I liked until we had narrowed it down to just two and we stuck with them. Luckily Charlotte suited her name when she put in an appearance.
I am hoping this baby will have one of those faces that just makes this whole process easier.
Rather than having to deliberate and ponder, I am counting on looking at him and instinctively ‘knowing’ he is an ‘Archie’ or a ‘Stanley’.
He definitely won’t be a George, however. Even if that had been a contender, I can’t help but feel people would assume he had been named after the Royal Prince and that would just be too easy, wouldn’t it?