Archive for July, 2009

The Same Old Baby Name Game
July 21, 2009

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Many of you have asked for an update on the baby, and I can tell you Kara is still due in September and we are still going to be surprised about whether the baby is a boy or girl.

Helena has named the baby Grover, but you can bet that won’t be the name!  No offense to the 19th century president and the blue muppet.

Keeping the gender means we have to pick out two names.    The choices have been made, but we’re not telling anybody — not even family.

By the way,  I am plagiarizing some of this from my blog of January 18, 2007 when I wrote about the last time we played the baby name game.    Like last time, we eliminated some names right off the bat, including Maxwell, White, Mad, Nut, Summer, Dog.   Also, any names of people we dated before we got married got nixed.

We also  eliminated Kara and Dennis. My dad’s name is Dennis and I found it confusing growing up. My name was supposed to be Paul, after my mother’s grandfather Paolo, but as soon I was born, my dad wanted his first-born child named after him.  So, Paul became my middle name. I’m not a junior, which made it even more frustrating. I was always called Little Den, Young Den, Dennis Junior, Dennis Paul, etc.

To this day, some paperwork still gets mixed up. There’s nothing against naming your child after living people, but we’re not doing it. Our child will have his or her own name.

Kara and I also delved deep into our family trees for possible names. We’ve traced the House line back to 1475, so we have 16 generations of names to choose from, including Thomas, Philip, John, Samuel, Caleb, Job, Horatio, Melvin, and Arnold.   

Melvin and Horatio don’t really work as baby names, for us, anyway!   My mother’s father name was “Crescenzo,” a great name reflecting my Italian heritage, but it doesn’t go with House for a first name.    Maybe a middle name, who knows.

Kara’s Sundlun heritage has traced back to Lithuania in the 1800s when the name was Zundelevitch. Among the names on that side that we could choose from include Moses, Morris, Isaac, Walter, and Bruce.   

Her mother’s heritage is mostly Hungarian, and includes names like Stephen, Frances, Warner, Margaret, and Louis. 

The most common name in our family tree is  Phoebe….with three generations of Phoebes on my mother’s side.   My grandmother , Phebe Cassidy Chully spelled her name without the “o,” the old Shakespearean way.

Some couples combine names and create a new one. If we combined our fathers’ names, we would have Brennis or Deuce. I don’t think so. So forth with our mothers’ names, we’d have Judalyn or Marilyth. Not.

Kara and I have our fair share of baby-name books and we consulted the Social Security Administration’s Web site for the most popular names.    The most popular boy name right now is Jacob. For the girls, it’s Emma.

Here in Connecticut, the most popular name for boys is Michael, and for girls, Isabella.

We can tell you the names we have chosen do not appear in our family trees, they do not appear on the most popular lists and we didn’t make them up.

That’s all I’ll say … for now.  I also wrote a blog in February of 2007 about Helena and how we came up with her name.  Read that right here: https://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2007/02/27/helena-house-is-in-the-house/

Feel free to let me know your favorite names and your baby name stories.

UPDATE: Julian Crescenzo Stephen House was born on September 1, 2009

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