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Filed under: Baby Names,Kaelin,Kid Quotes — Amy @ 11:28 pm

Yesterday J walked into the kitchen while Kaelin and I were enjoying our respective bowls of Cheerios.

J: “Are you guys eating some O’s?”

Kaelin: “Actually, we’re eating cereal.”

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You know how sometimes when you’re on the phone and it will start echoing – and all of a sudden you can hardly talk to the other person because you’re so distracted by listening to everything you say repeated back to you with a 2-second delay?

That’s totally what it’s like to take Kaelin to Subway and try to order a sandwich.

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Hey, thanks for all the name suggestions you guys!  I’ve tagged a couple that I like and have added them to my “list.”  Perhaps this kid will get a name before he’s born after all 🙂

Snips and Snails

Filed under: Baby Names,Pregnancy — Amy @ 11:34 am

I haven’t talked a whole lot about this pregnancy.  Somewhat because it’s been relatively uneventful (a good thing) and somewhat because it’s hard for me to really wrap my mind around a child entering this house until I know its gender.  Which I know would have made pregnancy very difficult for me 20 years ago.  But I can’t envision a genderless baby, so I usually don’t try.

Anyway, we found out yesterday.  Looks like we’re having a BOY.  I can finally start planning the nursery.

Let the Great Name Debate of 2008 commence.

And now I’m totally wishing that I had one of those blogs that 500 people read and comment on so I could start asking for name suggestions.  See, J and I struggle with names, especially boy names.  Until yesterday, I didn’t have a single one that I even liked.  And when I do come up with some that I like, J is sure to hate them.  So I need plenty of backups.

We both agree that we don’t like common names.  I grew up as an Amy, which meant being one of six in every class.  I will not do that to my child.  We both have a fondness for Gaelic names, and (it seems) names that end in “N.”  Due to our last name, we really shouldn’t pick a first name that ends in “L.”

Anybody wanna play?

Worst Baby Names en Finale

Filed under: Baby Names — Amy @ 5:30 pm
UPDATED TO ADD:
If you’re offended because you live in Ireland and your daughter or your grandmother has one of these names and you think it’s a lovely name and don’t understand how anyone could be so ignorant as to put it on a bad names list, then you are not the target audience of this blog and this post was not intended for you (and what are you even DOING here, anyway???).  The context of these posts are that these are really bad names to give a kid growing up in the US because of the obvious fact that he/she is going to spend his/her entire life listening to people mangle his/her name.  So please stop sending me hateful emails and comments and go be all offended somewhere else where you actually belong.  Thank you.

We have reached the end of our journey on the path of worst baby names in the history of Celtic languages. Thank you for accompanying us and please pay the cashier on your way out. Oh, and feel free to suggest your own names, should you be blessed with any that we have left off the list.

Seosaimhthin
Shawndrell
Shunta
Soidhachan
Taggart
Teamhair
Thurl
Tibbot
Tighearnach
Tor
Tuathal
Uaid
Uilleam
Uistean
Ulicia
Ulliam
Ungus
Vevila
Vevina
Zowie

Worst Baby Names Part Quatro

Filed under: Baby Names — Amy @ 5:11 pm
UPDATED TO ADD:
If you’re offended because you live in Ireland and your daughter or your grandmother has one of these names and you think it’s a lovely name and don’t understand how anyone could be so ignorant as to put it on a bad names list, then you are not the target audience of this blog and this post was not intended for you (and what are you even DOING here, anyway???).  The context of these posts are that these are really bad names to give a kid growing up in the US because of the obvious fact that he/she is going to spend his/her entire life listening to people mangle his/her name.  So please stop sending me hateful emails and comments and go be all offended somewhere else where you actually belong.  Thank you.

Obharnait
Odanodan
Oengus
Ohnicio
Oilbhe
Oonach
Orghlaith
Piran
Quaid
Queran
Rafer
Raghnailt
Raghnall
Rathnait
Reidhachadh
Rioghnach
Roibeard
Ruadhagan
Sadhbba
Scolaighe

Worst Baby Names Part #3

Filed under: Baby Names — Amy @ 4:35 pm
UPDATED TO ADD:
If you’re offended because you live in Ireland and your daughter or your grandmother has one of these names and you think it’s a lovely name and don’t understand how anyone could be so ignorant as to put it on a bad names list, then you are not the target audience of this blog and this post was not intended for you (and what are you even DOING here, anyway???).  The context of these posts are that these are really bad names to give a kid growing up in the US because of the obvious fact that he/she is going to spend his/her entire life listening to people mangle his/her name.  So please stop sending me hateful emails and comments and go be all offended somewhere else where you actually belong.  Thank you.

Laoghaire
Leachlainn
Leathlobhair
Luighseach
Maloney
Mannix
Mannuss
Maolruadhan
Maonaigh
Marmaduke
Meadhbh
Mogue
Morag
Morella
Muadhnait
Muircheartaigh
Mungo
Murdoch
Naomhan
Nulty

Worst Baby Names Part Duu

Filed under: Baby Names — Amy @ 10:21 am
UPDATED TO ADD:
If you’re offended because you live in Ireland and your daughter or your grandmother has one of these names and you think it’s a lovely name and don’t understand how anyone could be so ignorant as to put it on a bad names list, then you are not the target audience of this blog and this post was not intended for you (and what are you even DOING here, anyway???).  The context of these posts are that these are really bad names to give a kid growing up in the US because of the obvious fact that he/she is going to spend his/her entire life listening to people mangle his/her name.  So please stop sending me hateful emails and comments and go be all offended somewhere else where you actually belong.  Thank you.

Cruadhlaoich
Damhnait
Eibhlhin
Fachnan
Fainche
Faoiltiama
Fardoragh
Finella
Fionnghuala
Fogartaigh
Fynballa
Gilda
Giolla Chroist
Gormghlaith
Grioghar
Gubnat
Izett
Jarlath
Kinsella
Labhaoise

To all the parents in the world, please don’t give your children names that resemble curse words or bodily functions.

Worst Celtic Baby Names Part #1

Filed under: Baby Names — Amy @ 2:56 pm
UPDATED TO ADD:
If you’re offended because you live in Ireland and your daughter or your grandmother has one of these names and you think it’s a lovely name and don’t understand how anyone could be so ignorant as to put it on a bad names list, then you are not the target audience of this blog and this post was not intended for you (and what are you even DOING here, anyway???).  The context of these posts are that these are really bad names to give a kid growing up in the US because of the obvious fact that he/she is going to spend his/her entire life listening to people mangle his/her name.  So please stop sending me hateful emails and comments and go be all offended somewhere else where you actually belong.  Thank you.

There are some really cool celtic baby names. And there are also some really NOT cool celtic baby names. So many that I decided to make a list of the 100 Worst Celtic Baby Names (yeah, it’s a little bit slow at work today).

Below are the first 20 in the set:

Addergoole
Aderrig
Adhamh
Alastriona
Amblaoibh
Aodhfin
Aoibheann
Bairrfhoinn
Ballindeny
Beartlaidh
Beolagh
Brandubh
Buagh
Cacanisius
Calbhach
Ceallachan
Cearbhall
Ciatlllait (yes, 3 l’s)
Coillcumhann
Crohoore

Name This

Filed under: Baby Names,Personal History — Amy @ 12:09 pm

The fact that I have the most boring name on earth is not my parents’ fault. Because I was born with a cleft palate, I couldn’t pronounce things like Shakira or Monty Python. Therefore, they were force to give me a simple name that wouldn’t come out of my mouth mangled and limping during the early years.

You can’t get much simpler than Amy.

The downside of course, is the fact that I’ve spent my whole life making people specify whether they were talking to me or one of the other six Amy’s in the room. And though I never had a problem with people mispronouncing my first name, with my maiden name, I was still subject to instructing people how to spell and say my name in public, and therefore can claim no time-saving benefits.

Though I have to admit, my maiden name makes a great call-screening device. You know that someone who completely butchers it probably wants to sell you something.

Anyway, we’re hoping to avoid the common name issues with this child. Our last name, while not a Smith, is easily spelled enough to prevent verbal mangling on first reading. One down, just one name to go. So we put our heads together and came up with a list of names for boys and girls that would be easy enough to pronounce, but would not have six heads turning to answer “what?”

Here’s our list so far, in no particular order, with pronunciation guides attached (insert “oooh-ahhh” here). If you can’t tell, we’re going with the celtic name theme. And yes, we’re aware that they all sound the same. Hey, at least we know what we like.

BOY
Kegan (KEE-gen)
Aedan (A-den)
Toran (TOR-en)
Eghan (EE-gon)
Kieran (KEE-ron)
Teagan (TEE-gen)
Eann (EE-an, like Ian)
Tristan (TRIST-on)
Braydon (BRAY-don)
Arden (AR-den)


GIRL
Keelin (KEE-lin)
Arlyn (AR-lin)
Ceara (kee-AR-ah)
Eavan (EE-van)
Rylee (RI-lee)
Kellen (KELL-en)
Tierney (TEER-nee)
Haley (HAY-lee)
Kailyn (KAY-lin)
Eimile (EM-i-lee)


You should see some of the celtic names we’ve found. I really think somebody dumped over a scrabble board and started picking letters up one-by-one to make some of these names. For instance, who in their right mind would name their kid Eamnonn? Or Eideard? Or Findabhair???

Brilliant!

Filed under: Baby Names,Houses,Pregnancy — Amy @ 12:58 pm

So we’re hoping to buy a house when our lease expires in June. There’s just a small problem with the downpayment, or lack thereof. But never fear, being the ingenious people we are, we have devised a way to raise the funds neccessary for our dream house.

We can put our baby’s name up for auction on Ebay.

We think this prospect could easily bring in a few hundred thousand dollars, and would be a spectacular deal for the company who paid for the advertisement, because unlike the guy who auctioned off his forehead for 3 months, this advertising could last like 85 years! It would be at least 18 years before the kid could legally change his/her name, right?

And if your name is Frito Lay, you’re bound to get some attention, so the company wouldn’t have to worry about guaranteed exposure.

Are we brilliant or what?

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