What’s Your Name?

One day we discovered we were having a baby.
A sweet little girl or a little boy maybe.
We knew that we shouldn’t wait ’til we met.
To choose you a name that we wouldn’t regret.

We wanted a name that would sound pretty cool.
When the teachers were taking attendance at school.
We wanted a name that would make you unique.
When people would hear it, their interest would pique.

We wanted a name that would fit you just right.
A name that would shine in the day and the night.
We wanted a name that you’d always be proud.
To stand in a group and shout it out loud!

So with nine months to spare we took a long look.
At all of the names in the Baby Names book.
There were so many choices, places to start.
Gertrude or Mabel, Sylvester or Bart?

Some were too simple, some were too weird.
Some were offensive, some were revered.
Some names we read and could barely pronounce.
We knew those were names we shouldn’t announce.

We read through the book from cover to cover.
Wond’ring which wonderful name we’d discover.
Or which of the names we couldn’t resist.
We took out some paper and started a list.

First we selected some names for a boy.
Langston or Humphrey or Tobias-Roy?
Then we selected some names for a girl.
Esperanza or Guinevere or Millicent-Pearl?

But these names just weren’t right, we couldn’t commit.
We knew that these names just didn’t quite fit.
We decided that when you were born we would choose.
Which name you would get, there’d be nothing to lose.

It seemed like the time, it stood still, so to speak.
As your mother got bigger and bigger each week.
Then finally one day she was ready to blow!
She said to me “honey I think we should go!”

We rushed to the hospital faster than fast.
The day that we’d name you, it was here at last.
On the way out the door I snatched up the Book.
In case that we needed to take one last look.

Several hours later you entered our lives.
The birthing room filled up with cheers and high fives.
I looked at your Mom and said as I smiled.
“You get to choose the name for this child.”

On that wonderful day when we finally met.
We chose Madeline as the name you would get.
‘Cause Madeline is the name that was best!
The name with which you will always be blessed!


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20 responses to “What’s Your Name?

  1. Another of your works that really needs to be published as a children’s book, Steve. If someone had read it to me when I was little, I might go by my first name. 🙂 Awesome! I really liked, “So with nine months to spare we took a long look at all of the names in the Baby Names book.”

  2. Lovely–and my fave from Uncle Lou (lyrics below video):

  3. Youngmomof3

    Love it! =)

  4. Perfect. We, too decided at birth, and didn’t have a book to look at. What we did know was with my husband being raised in France and his parents still living there, the names had to sound good in both French and English! This was a true and fun “hunt”. We ended with Tristan for our son, and Marjorie for our daughter. They both love their names, thank goodness! As usual, love your post!

  5. I loved this, Steve! I agree, it should be published. And I love the name you chose, one of my top names for my daughter.

  6. Lovely poem and story Steve, i’m going to put this on twitter which i’m sure you have, it’s a lovely name.

  7. There’s such an attractive sense of simple affection coming across when I read this poem. I agree with the rest.

  8. Nicely done. I think every child would learn to love his or her name if they knew more about the story and sentiment of how parents made the decision.

  9. I really like this too! Absolutely endearing!

  10. I can’t imagine myself with another name.
    Names may be given, but once a kid has one … they usually grow into it and make it their own, so that any other name would seem out of place.

    note: I think I was Burley for 2 or 3 days before my older brothers and sisters out-voted my parents and I became non-Burley … Ross.

  11. When I discovered what my birth parents had named me, it made me glad to be adopted.

  12. Love this post! Oh, head on over to my blog. I sort of gave you an award..lol

  13. Uh-oh. another award? does she not know you, Steve???

    Agreed, nicely done, an homage to a daughter whom you love affectionately. The only thing I’ve ever named was a guinea pig, a puppy, and a dove. No baby books required.

  14. Very nice Steve – you really know how to make people think – glad to have you in the family….’Love you”, ag

  15. jennygoth

    lovely poem lovely name i wonder how many actually like the names chosen for them xxjen

  16. Awesome! And to add a few, to one and all they sound new:

    Symone Indigo
    Colten Michael
    Kodiak Levi

    What a mixture of names to live by.

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