Sunday Summary: 4.28.19A friend of a friend is expecting. Her first child has a classic boys’ name – Top 50, totally expected, goes well with their surname, adorable. But for their second kid? They chose an old-school name, and a really rare one.

The story of his name is familiar: before he was born, people did a double-take. You’re going to name him what? Or, more dramatically, you can’t name him THAT!

But now that he’s here, and a darling little toddler with chubby cheeks and a winning smile?

Everyone loves the name.

No really. It’s the kind of name people stop and say, “How cool!” It sounds smart and edgy, more versatile than you might imagine. It’s not for every family, and yet it seems to appeal to nearly everyone at the same time.

I hear stories like this ALL the time.

When choosing names, it’s worth remembering this: a name floated in your third or eighth month of pregnancy sounds like a rough draft. Something that might require input and revision.

But the actual child, with that name? It’s completely different. All of a sudden you can picture it on a sweet little kiddo, and you can imagine that person growing up and doing all sorts of amazing things – with that very name.

So use the name you love, even when other people raise an eyebrow. Even when your mom says you cannot possibly do that to her grandchild. Even when you worry that you’ve lost your mind, and maybe you really outta play it safe(r).

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That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!

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  1. I would absolutely make the Mark Twain connection and my children will also because Huckleberry Finn is the greatest American novel ever written. It isn’t like naming your children two characters from some Babysitter’s Club novel. That being said, I certainly don’t mind the connection. I love both names and they make a fun connection between the two boys. I really hope we aren’t at a place in the nation that people wouldn’t put those names together instantly.