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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Grandpa Names

We have a tradition in our family.
I know what you’re going to say . . .
Another tradition?!
Hear me out . . .
When we were expecting our babies, and fighting arguing considering possible names, my ever-helpful Husby gave me a list from which to choose.
My Husby’s an historian. Did I mention that?
It’s significant.
Moving on . . .
The list was seven pages long.
And included such classics as: Trophimus. Trogillium. Vafthrusdinal. Gundohar and Gundobad (If we should ever be blessed with twins.)
I see your face.
Mine sported a similar expression.
And I named our babies.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering about the aforementioned tradition.
That comes here . . .
Because I was rude ignorant smart enough to ignore his helpful advice, my uber-determined Husby started in on the next generation.
With one significant change.
Our children weren’t given a choice.
Nope. They were given a name.
One name per grandchild.
Oh, they chose their own names, too. The names that would appear on birth certificates and numerous and sundry other legal places throughout the child’s life.
But each of them have a Grandpa Name (hereinafter known as GN) as well.
Unofficial, but just as important.
Let me enlighten you. These are the names as they now stand:
Megan Sarah. GN: Cruchenperk
Kyra Danielle. GN: Ataxerxes
Odin Erik. GN: Dashley
Thorin James. GN: Ragnowinthe
Erini Tiana. GN: Salmanezer
Bronwyn Bell. GN: Pintiquinestra
Jarom Elliott. GN: Abindaraz
Linnea Viktoria. GN: Adrevalde
Hazel Jane. GN: Bardowick
Willow Victoria. GN: Cantabrie
Leah Brooke Rachelle. GN: Ettelwulf
Aksel Grant. GN: Burthred
With each one, there’s been the usual angst. And the ‘Why don’t they use my good names?’ question.
Maybe you can answer that.
Why am I telling you all of this? Number thirteen is on his way.
I’ll keep you posted . . .

13 comments:

  1. I actually kinda like the name Cantabrie... Call them Bree for short...

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  2. IDK, I kinda like it. Sounds like a win/win to me!

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    1. The kids love it! They anxiously await their GN. Which they then never use . . . :)

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  3. I so wish we had done this for our kids. I know, I know. They don't even like the "real" names they got. Sheesh.

    But grandchildren are hopefully on the way soon!

    By the way, your husband knows some AWESOME NAMES!!

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  4. Congratulations on the new addition. I am looking forward to their GN
    Great post!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! It's a closely guarded secret at the moment. I'll let you know when I finally get to know! :)

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  5. I don't like names I cannot easily pronounce. are those GNs Old German? Viking Danish? Where did he find such names?

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    1. There's nothing worse then calling out names of people you haven't met before without making a mistake. Ugh. Totally been there before . . . :)

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    2. And they're from all over. He reads ancient texts from around the world. And writes down interesting names he encounters.

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  6. Some of those names sound like a bad sneeze.

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