There are some names I will always associate with a particular person.
- Janice is an annoying girlfriend on Friends.
- Janet reminds me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (and I can't help but sing “Janet, damn it” in my head every time I hear the name said out loud).
- Chance is not someone's cute puppy – he's the cute guy I had a crush on one summer.
People often ask me how my husband and I came up with Levi's name. There's no big exciting story about it. But we did have a few things we wanted to avoid when choosing his name:
Not Super Popular
Jennifer and Jason aren't exactly uncommon names. Both my husband and I grew up with several other kids who had the same name as us. We wanted something different for our child. I only know one other person named Levi. Sure, there are the jeans, but that's a brand, not a person.
Not Super Crazy
I think some people go a bit overboard choosing a name that's unique for their child. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, but when you pick something that no one can pronounce or has a crazy spelling, I think it makes it harder on the child. Levi is common enough that most people recognize it and know how to pronounce it and spell it.
Not Associated With Someone/Something Negative
As I explained above, there are certain names that I associate with certain people and their personalities. The personality part is key. If I had a negative experience with someone, I'm probably going to associate their name my feelings from that experience. The one person I know named Levi is someone I went to elementary school with. He was cute in second grade, and seems to have turned out ok as an adult. I certainly didn't name my son AFTER him, but when I think of the name, I know I don't have any bad connotations with it.
Jason & I finally settled on Levi after discussing a few names we both liked. The fact that it's a biblical name is a bonus, and we love that so many people have commented on our choice.
How did you choose your child's name?