Friday, October 27, 2006

The Name Game

I am not sure what a "meme" is, but I have been tagged by Leslie, so here goes.

What did you name your kids and why?

Mabel Kay: Mike came up with Mabel's name. When I asked him why he chose it, he didn't really have an answer. He said he just likes it. I remember when we were freshman at BYU, he made me a mix tape and one of the songs was called "Mable" by the band Goldfinger. I don't know if that's where he first heard it, but when we found out we were having a girl, he was pretty set on it. I liked it, but I wasn't so sure. Of course I love it now. It is very old fashioned and not at all popular. When we first named her Mabel, we had a lot of people asking us if it was one of our grandmother's name. We would smile and say no, and then they would look a little surprised, wondering why we would use such an old name if it wasn't a family name. Her middle name is Kay, after her Nana, Susan Kay. I thought it went well with Mabel, and I feel strongly that at least one name should be tied to family.

Oliver Clayton: Mike came up with Oliver's name, too. We were sitting on the couch one night, just throwing names out, and he said, "what about Oliver?" I liked it immediately. A few months later, we were driving home to California from Arizona in the middle of the night, and the name Oliver Clayton came to me. I decided then that our baby boy would have that name. Clayton was my Great Grandfather's name. After he was born, we learned that Oliver is a family name a few generations back on both sides.

Ever since I was about 7 months pregnant with Mabel, I have loved the name Sadie. We had already decided on Mabel's name, and I wasn't going to change it, so I knew that our next daughter would be a Sadie. Sadie Stella was my Great Grandmother's name, the wife of Clayton (right, Leslie?). I love it. It is classic, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and not super popular. I was really hoping Oliver was a girl so that I could use the name Sadie Stella, but I guess I will have to wait. If I can ever manage to get pregnant again, and we have a girl, this will be her name.

Ok, now I am tagging Robin, Amber, Hilari, and Ginger. Go!


  1. Yay! Yep, Sadie Stella Vasseur, wife of Clayton Charles Britton. I need to get back to my family history blogs. . . . thanks for the impetus.

  2. I love the old fashioned girls names too. It is very popular now days to name kids with the old fashioned names. However, Mabel isn't that popular and it's so cute.
    I love Sadie. I have a great-grandmother named Sadie. If I ever had a little girl I was going to name her Sadie, but after seeing it is in the top 10 in 2004 AND 2005 of most popular (and registered with Social Security), I have decided against it.
    I wish I would have paid more attention to the top 100 when I named Jaxon. Although spelled, Jackson, on the list there are still 5 Jackson's in the church nursery!!! He is named after DH's grandpa.
    Your kids names are perfect! Love these posts... very fun to read!

  3. My best friend in junior high was Sadie Veronica. I do like the name but I remember that she LOVED her name! She talked about it all the time... what a great name she had. So at least your daughter will be pleased. I HATED Jillian until college and now I dig it. It grew on me.

  4. Thanks for sharing those Steph... Much better to use uncommon names than our error of the most popular names on earth!

  5. Don't you love how you love your childrens' names more and more every single day? One of the sweetest pleasures, watching them grow into their names - a name that didn't mean much before, suddenly becomes the center of your world. It's amazing.
    Oh, and on an unrelated note, you're welcome for the note - you deserve it - if you lived closer, I'd book a cut every month or so - you are so good at it!
    Oh, and I have to ask you to "RSVP" to my one-day-adult-Halloween-party and let me know what you and Mike are coming as! :D

  6. I love the name Sadie too. However, you probably don't want to hear me say that it is my dog's name, but it is.


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