The Random Writings of Rachel: On the Subject of Baby Names

On the Subject of Baby Names


My 9-year-old sister Sarah asked me, while I was innocently scrolling through instagram, "What's your favorite movie character?"

I answered, "Captain Jack Sparrow."

She said, "Okay, then, Jack." She continued, "What's your favorite color?"

I answered, "Purple, like my hair."

She said, "Purple Jack. Hmmm...well, what's your favorite flower?"

I answered, "Black Roses."

She said, "Black Jack. Okay, that could work."

I finally asked, "What is going on here?"

She answered, "I heard that when people think about what to name their kids, they think about their favorite movie or book character, their favorite color, and their favorite flower, and put names together from that."

Okay...so...as a result of that very scientific approach, my kid is going to be named Black Jack or, possibly, Black Purple Jack, but that doesn't sound nearly as cool.

MaryGrace joined the conversation by saying, "I've always thought it would be fun to name my kids after flowers and plants: like Rose, Lily, Violet..."

Sarah interjected, "Chrysanthemum!"

Rachel, "Hyacinth! Dillweed! Spruce! Lady's Slippers! Hibiscus! Snapdragon!"

MaryGrace, "Uhhh...guys...not every name of of plant or flower, okay..."

Baby's Breath! Pansy! Fir! Thistle! Pitcher Plant!

Count the next generation blessed that we're not given the task of naming anyone right at this particular moment in time. Of course, don't be surprised if, ten years down the road, Black Jack is happily playing with his baby cousin Chrysanthemum.

P.S. I named my brother, Isaac, when I was 3 years old. My parents couldn't come up with a name, I piped up, "How about Isaac *middle name*?" and thus altered the course of his life.
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So....I want to know what your kid will be named, using the favorite character, favorite color, and favorite flower approach. Seriously! Do it! And I dare you to get a cooler name than Black Jack.

37 comments:

  1. So beautiful names. Cute and sweet. Especially i like Purple, Lily, Chrysanthemum. So good and different. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Let's see, my favorite character is Mina Harker from Bram Stroker's Dracula (my all time favorite movie), my favorie color is teal and my favorite flower is an orchid...so
    Mina Teal Orchid it is...lol
    How fun!
    Hugs xxx

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  3. Mine will be Blue. Blue's my best colour

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  4. Omg I just love the randomness of your blog! Seriously makes my day. OMG a flower...idk if I can do that. But I kinda have a thing for baby names with seasons! Like Summer or Autumn. Haha. I've heard Wynter as well. Spelled with a Y of course. ;)

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  5. I have a daughter whose middle name is violet, but if she had been named solely based on my favorite flower, she'd be Daisy (or, more accurately, Gerber Daisy).

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  6. Cute, those are such unique names! I only met a few girls throughout school who had my name and I loved it, so I'd recommend an uncommon name!

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  7. Haha! Good thing I didn't use this method, otherwise Peter Francis would have wound up as Westley Yellow Dandelion :P Not all of these are too crazy, though. Fun fact: there was an Eastern European dude in the 12th century named Hyacinth, and Catholics honor him as a saint. So, it's not too far-fetched for a nerdy Catholic with a devotion to this saint to name their child Hyacinth!

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  8. This is too funny! I like plant names like Lily and Rose, but I'm not so sure about Snapdragon...

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  9. Too funny! My favorite color is pink and my favorite character is Cinderella so Pink Cinderella isn't too cute! Lol.
    xo. Christina
    www.roadtoparenthood.com

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  10. Your sister cracks me up. You definitely need a baby called Dillweed, haha.

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  11. This is such a cute post! Okay, hmm... Doc (Holliday - I know he's a real person but I love Val Kilmer's portrayal of him in Tombstone!), violet, and... daisy?

    Doc Violet Daisy

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  12. That's so cool you got to name your little brother! If that were me, I probably would have picked something crazy like a Disney Princess, which I am sure my brother Tim would not have appreciated, lol!
    Although Black Roses is a good choice ;-)

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  13. This is hilarious! However, I say please don't ever name any poor child Pansy! Can you only imagine all the torture that poor kid would endure?! Hahaha....they do have very interesting names though. Watch out baby Black Jack.

    When my brother and sister in law announced they were pregnant, my son said they should name the baby Black Beard and if it was twins then Black Beard and White Beard. Thankfully they did not take his advice.

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  14. I'll go with Buttercup from The Princess Bride, the color turquoise and my fav flowers, Daisy.
    Buttercup Turquoise Daisy. LOL!

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  15. According to this approach, I should have an Alba Purple Orchid! If we'd had another girl this time around, we were going to go with Alba, but I think we might leave the Purple Orchid for another day. :D

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  16. Well, your sibling-naming went much better than my attempts! Alas, my parents wouldn't name my sister Sparkles like I wanted them to. What were they thinking? :) And apparently my suggestion of Elmo was not a winning choice for my younger brother's name, either.

    Not sure either of those would be worse than Sherlock Purple Rose, though!

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  17. Haha this is so cute! I love conversations like this

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  18. Hahaha your family sounds like a lot of fun!! Your posts always make me smile.

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  19. I think it's so interesting what prompts us to choose the names we do for our kids. My daughter is named after a character in a book but my son's name is just one that I liked.

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  20. ahaha.. my youngest have a similar story. Her name is Angela Sofia.. "Sofia" was given by her 2 sisters, who were an avid fan of Sofia the first.. :P.. My 3rd child was fighting for that name. She said i will not accept any other name for my litle sister, other than Sofia.. LOL

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  21. Gilbert Red Dahlia... I don't know if that works so much. ha!

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  22. Maria Blue Echinacea. At least I did name a chicken Maria...

    Fun idea!

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  23. Oh wow...my sister just pointed out to me a birth announcement in our local newspaper! The baby's name is Tuff Danger!

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  24. That is an interesting method - I'd never heard of that before! My favourite colour is blue, but none of my boys have blue related names, or character names! They all ended up with names that suited them - we went with a shortlist and picked the one they were most like. Even when we adopted our dog, hehe!


    Away From The Blue Blog

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  25. Naming after flowers is something common, especially In India.
    We had a guy named Benz in our office, and guess what was his sister's name - Mercedes.
    No jokes !

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  26. Elizabeth Purple Tulip. Definitely the name of my next kid ;)

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  27. Hmmm.... I really love the name Daniel for a guy, cause my brother's name is Daniel... :) I also really like the name Deborah; it just sounds strong and courageous and feminine! :)

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  28. Hahaha. Mine would be Maria Hydrangea Blue. Sounds a little ridiculous lol! I don't think I'll be using that formula to name my actual children! :)

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  29. Teal Tulip Luke Skywalker. Haha. We've come up with some crazy mash-ups from Hollywood, too. Brother Martin Lawrence of Arabia Victa, Denzelina Jolie Victa, and Bruce Willis VanDamme Victa for instance :))

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  30. Bahaha I love this! Mine would be Mint Po Chrysanthemum--not exactly the catchiest of names haha. But I also named my brother when I was younger--I suggested George, and the rest is history hehe.

    Also, I loved the collection of funny videos--the Bushes of Love one is one of my brother's favorites, and I couldn't stop laughing at the good boy one. Thanks for always brightening my day with your posts!

    imperfect idealist

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  31. This is amazing! haha "Pink Drop Dead Fred" has QUITE the ring to it! AHAHAHA

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  32. There was once a suggestion from my children to name their unborn baby sibling Unicorn Panda. It didn't sound good with our last name, though, so we ultimately chose something else.

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  33. Dan: Jean-Luc Picard, Yellow, Sunflower

    Brita: Hermione, Pink, Rose

    Jean-Yellow Sunflower and Rose Pink Hermione will be our kids' names?

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  34. If I ask Cory this, it might give him too many ideas if we have another baby! There's no telling what he'd come up with! Rory Orchid Turquoise (or Grey) would be mine though.

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  35. Black Jack is a solid name! ;) Christopher has joked for years that our first child (boy or girl) will be named Leonidas. "Lea(h)" for short if the kid is a girl.

    According to this method our kid would be Elizabeth Turquoise Gerbera Daisy. ;)

    Also, randomly... one of the teenagers we mentor calls Christopher "Chrysanthemum". I'm not really sure why. She was making up a bunch of random girl versions of the name Christopher (Chrissie, Christie, etc) when it popped out of her mouth and it has stuck.

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