I loveeeee names. I’ve had an ongoing list of names on my phone since I was twelve, I was so excited to get to name my first child. I couldn’t wait to have a child of my own, who relied on me to provide them with the best life that I could give them, with everything they could have dreamed about and more. It was my dream, and so as I was thinking about baby names, I spent some of the time trying to work out how much it would cost me to bring up my child, and I have to say, it was a lot more expensive than I first thought. But I also found out that there are so many things that you can consider if you were having a hard time affording things, like looking at these fundraising ideas and creating a fundraiser to help raise money for daycare, food, and healthcare. It was perfect. Now that I had options just in case I found it hard to provide for my child, all that was left to do was to give them the most perfect name, so they can make their own mark in this world. Having children with somewhat unique baby names we’ve been asked about their names a lot, so here’s where they call came from.
The name Poppy was added to my list before I was pregnant for the first time, I think it probably came into my mind after seeing Poppy Delevingne. She was the only person named Poppy I had heard of at the time. I loved it, the perfect in between of being unique but still a “real” name. Although Poppy was actually my second choice (although I of course love it!)… I wont tell you my first choice because I’ll be jealous if you use it 😉 haha, David couldn’t get on board with it. But he loved Poppy so we went with that. Her middle name, Darling, we got from my Dad. Don’t worry my Dad isn’t named Darling. He was at the barbershop and the guy cutting his hair said that his wife was pregnant he was trying to convince her to name the baby Darling, I loved it so much, I stole it! So if your husband is a trendy barber in Vancouver and your daughter is named Darling, I’m sorry, we copied you. So no, Poppy’s name doesn’t have any meaning I just loved the names.
But oh boy have I gotten my share of comments. “Did you let her name herself?!”, “Oh wow, well what’s her middle name?”, “Well at least it’s not Jumpy”. Yup, exactly what we thought, lets name our daughter Poppy because at least it’s not Jumpy! Haha I always surprised the things people find appropriate to say.
Goldie’s name was inspired by Goldie Hawn. We weren’t naming her after Goldie Hawn but that was definitely the only place we had heard that name. I always thought if I changed my name to anything it would be Goldie, so the closest I could get was giving the name to my daughter. David was a realllly hard sell on this one. I was trying to convince him of it the whole pregnancy without any luck and finally when I was in the hospital in labour for FIVE DAYS the nurses asked what we were going to name her and he finally gave in to his poor wife laying in the hospital bed. And giving the circumstances I can’t imagine a better name for our little girl in Heaven. There is something angelic about the name Goldie, and with her middle name being Bloom it give the imagery of Golden Flowers which has been a since symbol that will always be attached to remembering Goldie for us.
Skipper was the boy name that we had chosen when I was pregnant the first time with Poppy before we found out the gender. I’m so glad that I ended up having my baby boy because since we had this boy name for 4 years I kind of felt like we would have been missing a person without ever having our Skipper that we had imagined from when I was first pregnant. We like that it is unique but can be shortened to Skip for a more “normal” name. I was googling why so many men have the nickname Skip and it actually originally was a nickname for men named after their grandfathers, meaning that the name skipped a generation. His middle name, Augustine, is named after St. Augustine of Hippo. An early Christian theologian who had a large influence on Western Christianity. We call him Gus as a nickname.
With Skipper we get asked if that’s his real name, and when most hear his name they say “Skipper!” with a bit of a friendly chuckle, which I don’t mind. We’ve definitely learned to be confident in our name choices and not care about the reactions. That’s also why we didn’t tell anyone our baby names before they were born. Because without a cute new baby to comment on people are just giving you a reaction on the name. But if you introduce them to the name for the first time with the baby even if they hate the name the can at least comment on how precious the baby is!
Tell me your baby names or the ones on your list!