When David and I started our family we wanted to give our kids names that were uncommon, but not crazy. With the exception of Irelyn, all our kids first names were pulled from some of our favorite comics, television shows, and movies – most of those on the nerdy side. The middle names we decided would be “family” names.
So…as I am about to reveal the name we have picked for our fourth baby or “Baby F” as he is known around the web right now, I wanted to share where our names came from.
Irelyn Alicia: I think we were pretty successful with her first name being uncommon. We have not met another Irelyn yet. Of course, I thought I was the only Lacey in the world until I was about seven years old. Irelyn’s name came from a baby name book; it was listed as a variation of the name Ireland. Being that I am half Irish and David has a bit of Irish in his blood we went with it. When she was born with a full head of red hair it was like an added bonus. Her middle name is in honor of David’s grandmother, Alice. Also, my great-grandmother was an Alice as well.
Chloe Elisabeth: Had I realized Chloe was such a popular name I probably would have searched longer for another name. Yet, the name fits Chloe perfectly. The inspiration came from one of our favorite shows, “Smallville.” While I was pregnant with Chloe David suggested the name and I was like, “Yep. That’s it!” Her middle name, Elisabeth, is also my sister Chelsea’s middle name (though Chelsea’s is spelled with a Z). And it is also the middle name of one of my aunts and one of my cousins.
Grayson Harlow: Again, kind of blew it with the uncommon first name again – the little boy next store shares the same name. Any comic book nerds out there? How about Batman fans? Then you might recognize Grayson as being the last name of the first Robin from the Batman comic. Dick Grayson AKA Robin (and later) AKA Nightwing. Harlow is my husband’s middle name, and my husband’s first and middle names are for a friend of his father’s who died while they were in Vietnam.
Nothing too crazy for us, we may have grown up a short drive from Hollywood but we definitely don’t have the Hollywood mentality when naming our kids.
And now for Baby F…
Flynn James: If you follow me on Twitter (which you probably don’t since I had to start a new account) you may have seen me lament over how this name has been hit and miss with our family. We get a lot of long, awkward silences when we share it. It doesn’t matter though, we love it and so do his siblings. After finding out we were having another boy I was trying to think up a name that did not start with a D, L, I, C, or G (a little OCD of me, yes, but we all need our own first initial!). I looked through baby name books and web sites and the name Flynn popped into my head the morning after we had watched Tron & Tron: Legacy. Yep, this kid is names after a movie David and I grew up with. When we told the kids the name, they immediately thought of Flynn Rider from Tangled. His middle name is also my dad’s middle name as well as my grandfather’s first name and one of my uncles. Also, it means “ruddy or red haired” so it’d be awesome if he ended up with red hair like his sister.
I can’t wait to use my little dude’s name. December 25th cannot get here soon enough!
So…how did you come up with your kids’ names? I’d love to hear your story!