The Name Game: How Did You Come Up With Your Kid's Name?

My parents named me Christine Marie (tis French – I am not! I do love Paris and steak frites though). My dad wanted Cristina Maria (obviously). My mom wanted Christine Marie. She won, because my dad got to name my older brother when my mom was morphined-up after 40 hours of labor and then a c-section. My dad was like, meet, Carlo … My mom wanted to name him Michael. I like Cristina, but Christine Marie is who I am and for the most part people call me Chrissy (and joke JD and I are Twos Company: Jack and Chrissy – minus Janet, ha!)

Recently my married pregnant girlfriend took to Facebook for name advice. She was open to any and all suggestions. I offered Cristina, because her daughter is going to be a Christmas baby (this is why my name starts with Christ – and because I’ve been able to live up to all things … Christ in life, ha). I also threw out Ella (Noelle is actually on her list). Other friends suggested Gia, Isabella, Sophie, Madison, Anabell, Susanna … there were 41 responses!

Over the weekend she jumped back on FB and asked if she should name her daughter X or Z. This all got me thinking of how I came to name my child.

JD stands for Jack Domenic (and btw, no one calls him JD in real life. He’s Jack, Jack-a-roo, or Jackie—Mostly, JACK-WHAT-ARE-YOU-DOING!!??). Jack is in honor of my mother Jacklyn and Domenic is after my dad’s father. He died of a sudden heart attack when my dad was 18 and on his way home from college for a weekend visit—died in my dad’s arms—such a shame. My grandma died in my arms (more on that later) I wish I got to know him, because everyone tells me how empathetic and loving he was.

Scrolling through my friend’s FB posts reminded me how I wrote in a little notebook all of the names I liked for my baby. I didn’t know if I was having a boy or girl—but as a single, pregnant woman, I was certainly naming my baby on my own—what a special treat (rubs hands together). Here’s what I wanted then … and still now. Boys:

Jack Domenic (always the middle name)

Leonardo (he’d go by Leo) *Fun fact: JD named his fish Leo, not knowing I wanted to name him Leo. Kismet, right?



Sebastian (currently growing on me)



Mia Antoinette (always the middle name and after my Nanny – dad’s mom)

Anna (to be pronounced to rhyme with Banana)



Dylan (yes, for a girl, but the middle name would be Rose)

Marlo (My dad and brother are Carlo – thought it could [can!?] be cute)

How did you come up with your child’s name? Care to share your top names for kiddos? It’s fun, come on! 

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