Sunday, June 27, 2010

What's in a Baby Name? Part II: The Other Names

I didn't want to overload my already long post about baby names, so here's the second part with the other names that were under consideration but not yet mentioned. They were all suggestions by me (unless noted), but not necessarily supported (in fact, usually not) by Mark.

Boy's First Name
  • Simon (Mark suggested this but doesn't remember doing so)
  • Lucas
  • Samuel/Sam
  • Andrew/Drew

Girl's First Name
  • Lily (Mark's only serious suggestion)
  • Daphne
  • Elise or Anneliese
  • Mona
  • Paulina
  • Carolina - the Italian pronunciation
  • Eve
  • Lila
  • Eliza - maybe Elizabeth as full name
  • Rebecca/Becca
  • Kira/Keira
  • Natalie
  • Sonia/Sonya
  • Anna - Ben and Anna could be "Banana"

Boy's Middle Name

Girl's Middle Name
  • Eva - my grandmother's name
  • Lily
  • Cate

And then there are the suggestions we received (and the persons making the suggestions in parentheses)...

  • Duke and Ruke - an homage to characters on The O.C. (Brendan and Lila)
  • Keaton and Mallory - I'd already been considering Alex and Mallory; after all we did enter our wedding reception to the "Family Ties" theme (Brendan and Lila)
  • John Ratzenberger Pilloff and George Wendt Pilloff (me)
  • Clamato and Chelada (Lila)
  • Dalton and Castle (an homage by Lila to Road House and Dirty Dancing)
  • Swayze and Patrice (Jason)

Not Nick and Mallory?

"eh Cahhh-la. Did you know that some boy/girl twins are identical?"

  • Mercator and Magellan (someone at the Google Maps picnic)
  • Larry Appleton Pilloff and Balki Bartokomous Mikulis (Jason)
  • Boner and Cockroach (Lila)
  • Goofus and Gallant (Mark)
  • Alexander Wheatsworth Pilloff III (Brendan)
  • Benediktas as a middle name in tribute to my grandfather's first cousin, the last Mikulis in Lithuania who has an interesting life story involving killing Nazis and Soviets and sleeping in coffins where his fingers were chewed by rats (Brendan, Rachel R. and my dad)

Balki Bartokomous Mikulis? Don't be ridi-cool-us!

Goofus and Gallant in the future


  1. George Wendt Pilloff is rather unique, but not more unique than Clamato. James Harrison. . .You didn't know this, but you have a great uncle named James Harrison. One correction: Your Lithuanian cousin, Benediktas, went after KGB; not just any Soviets. He was caught and went to the gulags.

    I'm glad you chose Julia and James. They seem to fit nicely! Grandma

  2. Leslie, I could totally see Mona becoming popular again.

  3. It never even occurred to be until now how unusual a name Mallory is for a girl. Well, whatever - it would have been an awesome twin name.

  4. Maria, I think Mallory probably had a surge in popularity around the time of "Family Ties" but not anymore. I like it for a girl.