Wednesday, June 15, 2005

To "P" or Not to "P"...

Megan raised a good question before...are we going to use another "P" middle name? In fact, this is something Jeremiah and I have been discussing. Isaac and Elijah's middle names were chosen for specific reasons. A month or so before Isaac was born, the former Chicago Bear Walter Payton had passed away and Jeremiah really wanted to use Payton as a middle name. Elijah's middle name is Peter, after my dad. It was just a coincidence that they both started with P. With Samuel we just decided to go with the flow and use Phillip, which is a name I really like. Actually, I kind of wish we had Phillip as a first name option this time.

However, there are very few P names left to choose from. I joked that we could just use the initial P. instead of a name (hey, its not unheard of). So now we are in a conundrum. Do we use a P name that we are not totally crazy about just because it starts with P? Or do we break from the pattern and go with something different?

So, Im curious what any of you all think, what do you think? What would you do?


Blogger Choppzs said...

I wouldn't just go with a P name just because it's been in the pattern. If you come up with one that you happen to really like and it happens to be a P then that would be nice, but I wouldn't do it just because. I would definitaly come up with a name that you really enjoy. I am having a kind of dilemna with names also! lol so far with both children we have used middle names that have been after family members. We have been alternating. Olivia's middle name is after Chris' mom, and Zachary's is after my dad. So now with this one certain people are expecting it to be named after them. I kind of wish we hadn't started the naming after of people, but I want my children to know their roots and be able to love the names. So now it's kind of a thing we may have to say to heck with just to save ourselves soem grief! Good luck with your name choosing, I hope it gets easier for you!

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Megan said...

I'd definitely stick with something you both like. Aidan's middle name is Jeremiah (it was very hard to find a first name that went with Jeremiah!), as is his family tradition. Kieran's middle name is John, after my dad. With Torrin, it was kind of a go with the pattern (Gaelic first names that all happen to ryhme and Biblical J names for the middle). Luckily, we have a very easy pattern to follow! Even with our fourth on the way, we still have several options on both first and middle. Good P names are harder to come by. Good luck!

12:34 AM  
Blogger Wethyb said...

Go with your gut and pick something you both enjoy. "P" or no "P", you'll love the name regardless!

7:45 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Hi Amie, I wouldn't think twice about breaking the pattern if that pattern was never that important to me to begin with! Like you said, it almost happened by chance. It was important to me that I liked the 'flow' of the names together. Anything thing you like is going to be just great!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

I totally agree with everyone that you shouldn't stick with P just because it sort of happened with the other boys. Choose a name you like! If you have any trouble picking one, I'm willing to help. :-)

10:10 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I say forget the pattern. With our kids I realized when Jack was on the way that Sarah's initials were SAC and Adam's were ASC, exact opposite, and then realized that my middle name started with an S like Adam's and Sarah's started with an A like Dan's. This did not happen on purpose. We just so happened to start Jack's middle name with an A, this again didn't happen on purpose, but now I am stuck with should I have this new baby with an S middle name or do I have to reverse the initials with Jack like what happened with Sarah and Adam, meaning this girl would have an A first name and J middle name. Well, this will be extremely hard since Dan and I disagree so easily. I am not going to worry about our accidental pattern. So, I say all this to say to you, Don't worry about the pattern and choose a name you both like with a P or not. You don't have to explain anything to anyone who asks either. :D

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

If you'd like to peruse some P names, I'd go to - just click on the P and select male names only. I think my favorites are Parker, Paul or Patrick.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

How about "Pee"?

11:12 PM  
Blogger Risa a.k.a. MomNoBlackHair said...

You know me....go with the unconventional middle initial! P. It'll keep people gussing and give that boy lots to tell people when he grows up, I think it would be fun! :)

11:36 AM  
Blogger BekahJoy said...

Hola Amie!..Just thought id leave a note saying HI. and also that i got a blogger too!...haha, i just loved reading yours about you and the boys that i thought id get my own

7:10 PM  
Blogger blessedmama said...

first of all, let me apologize. somehow i was thinking jeremiah was one of your son's names! (i said you have great taste w/ names...which i still think you do btw. lol)
personally, i would stick with a p, but ONLY if i really liked it.
i think i mentioned...we are doing all j names. which is fine, until we realize we don't really LOVE any more biblical boy j names after we use josiah. soooo...we are really hoping we have a girl next time. lol.
anyway, i am sure you will do fine with whatever you choose.
i like paul and patrick btw. ;)

6:02 PM  

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