3.06.2008

WHAT'S IN A NAME ANYWAY?

News flash: We were never really going to name Baby #2 Jurgen (pronounced URINE) Danger. Funny joke, ha ha. However, now that this baby is coming next month, I'm getting really nervous that we might have to name him Jurgen Danger since Erik and I can't agree on anything else.

Nancy posted this list of the 10 worst baby names of 2007 according to MSN on her blog. MSN obviously haven't spoken to my husband lately, because he has some really lousy ones he's pushing for. In fact, it is SO painful to discuss baby names together that we avoid the topic whenever possible. Since it's getting down to the wire, I asked him again last night if he had any new name ideas. Here are his legitimate and serious suggestions:

Neil Armstrong Lassen
George Patton Lassen
Dwight Eisenhower Lassen

and then the best one -

Burt Rutan Lassen.

Burt is Erik's boss. Can you imagine naming your child after your boss? I said, "Well, with that kind of butt kissing you'd definitely make it into the Carbon Copy (the Company's newsletter)."

You might remember a few years ago that this casino, Golden Palace, paid a woman $15,199 to switch her name to Goldenpalace.com. (She said she needed the money to send one of her children to golf school. Oh, a mother's love. How sweet!) A few months after that, the casino found a family who named their child "Goldenpalace.com Silverman" in exchange for $15,000. This got me thinking. We missed the boat on naming Luke, but with Baby #2 we could potentially be making lots of money off of his naming rights. The money would definitely pay for him to go to golf school, and maybe even college! So if you hear of any possible leads, let me know.

Until then, it looks like Burt Rutan Lassen is the best potential moneymaker we've come up with since it's possible Erik could get some sort of bonus out of the deal. Hey, you never know till you try!

17 comments:

  1. I will pay you $5 to name him Vakhtang Sergeyvich Lassen.

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  2. I will pay you five dollars to throw out all those names!

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  3. Oh my gosh, you want to know something hilarious?! My cousin actually used one of the names on the top ten worst name list for her daughter, Story!!! And I think I'd have to agree. When I first found out what name she had chosen, I was like "what?!?"

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  4. Naming kids is not fun. Zach sucks at it. He loves the double name - George Washington Maddeon, Thomas Jefferson Madden. He also is in love with old lady names. I told him if this one is a girl we're in trouble b/c I don't want to birth an 80-year-old and those are the ONLY names he likes.

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  5. Now if you are going to go with some sweet boy names, why not Jack Bauer Lassen or Michael Scott Lassen? Although Burt Lassen has a good ring to it.

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  6. Arrested Development went with "George Michael"...as far as names go...I started to seriously doubt my marriage during the pregnancy of our second child...when names such as "Opal" and "Josephine" were being offered...then the clincher of all times...the phone call that ended the discussion for the next 4 months "Hey...how about 'Ginger?"...click. No offense to anyone who has these names :) Needless to say the night "Laina" was born (didn't know it then)...Matt looked at me and said, okay..what's the name? I told him and poof she arrived 3 hours later!

    Pick some kind of funky danish airplane...

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  7. I say that you can't go wrong with any of those names.. If you don't mind, if we have another baby I might steal one of those names. Whether it is a boy or a girl

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  8. I understand your dilemma! This baby is due on Tuesday and he still doesn't have a name! One of us suggests a name and we like it for about 10 seconds and then say, "No, wait. I don't like it anymore." He might actually end up being Peter's Baby Brother, since that's what he's called most of the time anyway. If you do use the name Dwight, will you get him his own bobble head?

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  9. (cristin's mom) I taught a genealogy lesson to the Achievement Day girls on Thursday. I brought pictures, and as I put each one on the easel, I said, this is me, this is my father, this is my grandmother, this is my great-grandfather, and I wrote out our full names. Then I asked if anyone noticed a pattern, and yes, they all noticed that the middle name was always Stewart. Then I put up your picture, and told them your name. Then I put up Luke's picture, and said, guess what my daughter named her son? Never mind that I put in hours of blood, sweat, and tears to solve a family mystery and finally connect us to our Stewart ancestors!
    It does cause a collective gasp when I bring it up in my family history classes. And then those of us who are a little closer to the grave, shed a few tears, like Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, and sigh...TRADITION!

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  10. How about Charles Henry Howard/Stewart Lassen? Or Aaron [combining the beginning of Erik's name with the end of your name but spelling it the masculine way]? I always thought boys names to be so much easier to choose than girls because the same old sturdy ones are used decade after decade (Mark, John, David, etc.) But my niece [not happy to find out she's having her 4th boy instead of a 2nd girl] can't agree with her husband on a boy's name either. I like Lincoln. Luke & Linc. Oh, well, good luck. And I still wish your mother would start her own blog.

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  11. So after your mom made that comment, I'm curious... what is Luke's name???

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  12. Luke's middle name is Erik.

    And you know what, the way to get someone to use a name you want is not through threats and manipulation!

    :)

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  13. (cristin's mom) Well, now you know, Beverly, why I don't have my own blog. Even my trivial comments manage to offend.

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  14. I wasn't offended. I thought it was funny, I just don't need anymore stress when it comes to naming this child.

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  15. Dang..I just sewed you a custom Jurgen Sweater with his name on it...oh well maybe Ditte will name her baby Jurgen.

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  16. Whoa ... Erik's boss is the brother of that guy who flew Voyager in the '80s??

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