Jan 3, 2011
In these first few days of the New Year we are again finding ourselves looking to name a new little one that will be joining this household. We did not expect this but will be happy when the arrival does happen.
Many Alaskan choose names based on our great state. We tend to choose an area that is special to us, or some aspect that is unique to how we feel about our great state. It is not uncommon.
Although we have flown/owned Piper airplanes, live in Bristol Bay and are surrounded by ‘scrub’ Willow bushes right now these are not names we plan to consider. If we were pushed some to divulge more about ourselves you could say that both of us have ‘ran track’ in our earlier school years, but that isn’t really an Alaskan theme, at least in our opinion.
When choosing an Alaska themed name we know we want a name that is connected to something we have seen or live nearby that has special meaning to us. A name that when people get to know the recipient know why we would choose to put that special name with that special loved one.
When considering the last little one that joined our family we thought of all sorts of things. We felt this little guy would probably grow up to be well-traveled, hopefully able to garner respect, and in a long run ‘live up to’ his majestic name. We considering doing a play on a theme, spelled it backwards, twist it around some …but overall we wanted it to be something our little guy could live with.
Never did we want him, or this new little one, to be embarrassed by having the Alaska themed name we chose.
This time we are hoping, actually planning, for a girl. We have found it harder to choose something that is feminine but strong. Something she might have to grow into. We want her to be able to hold her head up high and never worry about someone or something embarrassing being connected to that name.
We did consider giving up the Alaska theme and being like so many and choosing a ‘normal’ name for those we love, but heck. If it were not for one loud mouth in the last couple of years out there embarrassing the heck out of most us good Alaskans we would not even be worried about this issue.
So in the end we are going to put our thinking hats on and come up with something special. We will stay away from those names already associated with embarrassing actions cause we love our animals too darn much. Besides something tells me that the 15 minutes of fame that seems to have come to this group of fame and money seeking wanna-bes might well be going away. Of course we can all only continue to hope!!