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So with a little one on the way, there has been lots of discussions on names. Now keep in mind, Sam and I are a bit different. We had our boy and girl names long before we got pregnant. We were the couple that discussed baby names way back when we were first dating. Not necessarily that we would have that baby together, just what we liked.
Of course, we both are critical of our names, so we had some requirements for this kid that probably won't like the name we picked for him. My name for example, Jessica Ann, I hate because it is so common! There was about 3 years right around when I was born that it was one of the ten most popular girl names. Growing up in small town Battle Mountain, NV I actually had 3 Jessica's in one class! Now I do kind of like the reasoning behind the name. My dad picked Jessica from the Man from Snowy River and I'll be darned if I didn't end up with a few of her traits! Ann came from my mom, my aunt, and a bunch of my older cousins, again common...
Now Sam's name has its own set of problems. I like Sam. It's short, sweet and not too overly used in our age group. Problem is, his given name is actually Craig Samuel Klayton. Say that one 3 times fast! The Hedges have a tradition of 3 names before their last name: a name from the mother's side, a name from the father's side, and one for the child. I warned Sam years ago that this tradition would die with us as he is not the one who will write those 4 names on a million forms before the kid is 18. Also, ever try banking for someone who has a name he goes by vs the legal name? Everyone writes checks to Sam and until we get known with a bank it is a pain in the hinney! Then every once in a while someone makes a check out to Craig and they want to know who Craig is :s
The last hurddle we had was that Sam is one of 3 boys, who all had boys. Plus several of our closest friends had boys. A lot of names we liked or would be family names were already taken! We wanted a unique name that was a little punchy. Zane, Wyatt, Colton, Cole, and Mackey were some of our favorites and they were all used.
Quirt McCuen Hedges is what we finally settled on. Sam came up with Quirt from John Wayne's character in Angel and the Badman. Who doesn't love the reformed bad boy? For those of you familar with Last Buckaroo, you know that one of the main characters is Dean McCuen, the greenhorn that turns hand. Well McCuen is actually a family name on the Hedges side and I had the idea to incorperate it with Quirt.
So there you have it, that's what's "in a name" for us... What about you and your family? Your horses and dogs?