Day Ten

What She Wore: Jean capris; purple LSU t-shirt (Happy Homecoming); black, strappy sandals.

A while back someone asked how Charlie got his name. I’m a name nerd, so I thought today would be a great time to share.

My husband had only one requirement for our child’s name: he wanted it to have family significance. You’d think this would be easy, but my husband is uber-cajun, and his family tree is filled with names like Aristeed and Clothilde. I wasn’t really ready to go there. Also, our last name is quite French, and I didn’t want anything that would clash too much with it.

I had my own ideas. I didn’t want anything too popular, and one of my top-picks has become kind of trendy lately, so it became Charlie’s middle name. Honestly, Charlie’s becoming quite a hit these days as well, but I didn’t know it at the time. I really like old-man names like Sam and Max, so I wanted something like that. So, I picked Charles off the family tree, and gave it an old-man nickname. If he wants to be Charles when he’s older, then he’s got the option. I also liked that St. Charles Avenue is a famous street in New Orleans–the New Orleans connection is a bonus for me.

So, that’s how we got his name. We had a backup name as well that fit all the criteria–French, classic, family significance, old-man nickname, and it also has that New Orleans bonus. Anybody want to guess what we picked?

PS: If you’re a closet nerd junkie like me then you owe it to yourself to check out what I consider to be the name mecca–The Baby Name Wizard. It’s all good: the Name Voyager, the blog, and the book.

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  1. Bernard, or Bernie?


  2. You were going to name him Boudreaux, weren’t you?? πŸ˜‰

  3. Aristide? Bon Dieu! My family has Acadien roots through la Nouvelle Ecosse so we’re distant cousines of a sort. πŸ˜‰ (C’est moi, Shoe Wench!)

    a Google account eh…I have one of those but I do believe my login name is GreenieWeenie. Not sure I’ll commit myself to commenting as such.

  4. Nadine Hightower says:

    Maximus Bourbon LeToure

  5. Leucantha` says:

    I don’t have a guess, I just had to come see the other guesses.

  6. Louis? Jackson?

    Perhaps I missed it, but what ended up happening with getting the thickener through your insurance?


  7. I love, love hearing how babies are named. I think I probably asked you how Charlie got his name. I’m gonna check out that site.

  8. Small Town Girl says:

    I love hearing how parents came up with their baby’s name. Thanks for sharing! I’m a big fan of the older names myself.

  9. Thanks for sharing. I like old man names too. Ha ha, but not too old, like Eugene, for example. It is my fil’s name and my hubby’s first name. Thankfully, he goes by his middle name and the Eugenes ended with my son. WHEW.

    Won’t you share option two?? please please