Thursday, 05 May 2011
As a proud parent, I've had the honor of naming my son, with the help of my beautiful wife.
But, baby naming isn't easy. Before adopting our son, I called him "X."
After much deliberation, we settled on the name Alnair, prounced Alna'ir. Alnair is the Arabic name for a star in the constellation Alpha Grux and literally means, "The Bright One."
(Image source: http://www.constellationsofwords.com/stars/Alnair.html)
He is in no way shape or form affiliated with:
Because that would just be weird.
Now some of you may be wondering how we settled on Alnair. To understand this, you'd have to know a little bit about my wife. Her name is Aludra (I call her Al). Her father, who everyone calls Papa, named her because well he loved the traditional Arabic roots of astronomy. Her name means, "The Maiden." When I found that out, I thought that was the coolest thing ever. So, I suggested that we name any future kids with Arabic star names. Al agreed.
After deciding that we'd use Arabic star names, we settled on two names in case we ever had children, which was iffy since we were both fighting cancer. The names were, Altair (boy) and Adhara (girl). Altair means "The Eagle" and Adhara means "The Maidens."
Funny thing was, Altair was originally chosen by my wife who had never played Assassin's Creed but when I heard it I was like, "YES!". I chose Adhara because it reminded me of Aludra and I would want my hypothetical daughter to be as awesome as my wife.
Things were going smoothly (well as smoothly as possible since Al miscarried) and then Alnair came into our lives. He had been abandoned and we found him and well we adopted him. Once we were officially his parents, we moved on to naming him.
We were about to name him Altair when I found another name that rhymed with Altair and had a deeper meaning. I discussed it with my wife and we agreed to name him Alnair, "The Bright One," because he's the brightness in our lives. That and if he had a little brother, we could name him Altair and Alnair could go, "Dude, you were named after me."
Then, Al announced she was pregnant. I think it was about a month after Alnair came into our lives. I was floored.
As time went on, we found that we were having twins. Boys. My wife gave me a glare as she said, "Four men. I was content with two, but four?" "We'll take extra care of you, my Queen," I signed to her and she shook her head muttering, "Four men."
Well since we were having TWO boys, Altair wasn't enough in the naming business. So with more research, we found the name, Alkaid. The twins will now be named, Inshallah (God willing), Altair (The Eagle) and Alkaid (The Commander).
Have you ever considered baby names in detail? Were you named with great care and much thought by your parents or were you named on a whim?