Thursday, 15 September 2011
With every name that a parent can pick, there are risks. Too common. Too rare. Too easily misspelled. An unliked nickname. The name becomes associated with something terrible. (Hello, Katrina)
My son has his grandfather's name as a middle name. It's a biblical name in the top 50 boys names for that year.
But...I knew my relationship with my father-in-law was rocky at best...to say nothing of my spouse's relationship with the honoree.
In the years since my son's birth, family secrets have come out; relationships have suffered; arguments went past the boiling point; and finally, my father-in-law divorced my mother-in-law and moved hundreds of miles away.
He's gone. He's out of his grandson's life. (For what it's worth, he was an ok grandfather...just a lousy husband/father/father-in-law, in my opinion.)
But...every time I have to fill out paperwork...they want my son's full name. And right between his cute first name and his father's last name...I have to write or type *that name*. Sigh.
It could be worse. The kid could be named after a family friend - the one that after the move is a thousand miles away...or named after the relative who died ten years before he was born.
So...are there any names in the family you've come to regret?