Set-Up: Like many new parents, my wife/I went through endless lists of possible names for our first child. Our goals at the time were pretty simple:
- Retro/classic but with a ‘modern’ twist (“Beckett” seemed to fit that mark)
- Not typical, or at least not expected by most people who’ve heard a lot of baby names
- Had good/solid nickname possibilities over time (aka “Bex” or “Becks” thus far)
- No obviously ‘bad’ playground nicknames
- Fit well with “Long” as a last name
Ultimately we stumbled upon ‘authors’ names one afternoon while driving around Fort Worth, hence the choice to take Samuel Beckett‘s (author of Waiting for Godot) last name as our son’s first (although Mr. Long will often claim that his lifelong love of the Boston Red Sox was the real reason; just don’t tell his wife).
Challenge: With a new kid soon to arrive in our home this coming March, we’re beginning to toss around various possibilities for her/his name. We won’t know the gender for 2 more weeks, so we’re still pretty wide open to suggestions.
- Offer a literary name — author, character, location, concept, title — that you think would be an interesting boy’s or girl’s name for my wife/me to name our next child.
- Make sure that it fits the criteria mentioned above (nicknames, retro/modern, etc).
- Explain why you think it would work, including anything cool trivia-wise about that literary connection.
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