Here are the rules:
- The Name must be easily yelled across a playground.
- If naming a girl the name must easily grow up with the girl, being neither too stogy and dusty nor too juvenile sounding. Sorry, Tiffany, Brittany and Judith
- If naming a girl the name must not end in a vowel sound, so says the father of the baby. (He thinks that makes the name sound weak) Bye bye Haylie, Nora and Samantha. Samantha also gets demoted because it can easily be identified as a character on Sex and the City. (Don't tell Richard that Charlotte was my favourite character on that show, please--he'll get all cranky.)
- Preferably, the Name should not be on any "Most Popular Name" list for the past few years. (See Rule #1.)
- The middle Name must be a family name.
- If the middle Name begins with a vowel, the initials of the name should not spell a word that could be used as a playground taunt. (Juliet Elizabeth, you were in the top running until we figured that rule out.)
- The name gets bonus points if it was once the name of a King or Queen (so says the father of the baby, a history major in University.)
- Obviously, names of exes, cranky co-workers, clients or patients are off the table.
Oh, Grandma, if you are reading this, email me with a list of the middle names of you, Grandpa, and Grandma and Grandpa C, please!! (If you figure out the comments section you could just leave them there too!)