I’m roughly 39 weeks pregnant and still fairly undecided about baby’s name. This scenario is familiar, as we named our last baby an hour or so before leaving the hospital.
I don’t want to go through that again. It was kind of stressful. This time, I want to have my mind made up or at least have some solid names pinned down pre-hospital arrival. That way, we can settle on a moniker once we see our baby’s face.
Thusly, my eyes and ears are wide open right now. A kid at preschool, a clothing label at my favorite boutique, a pretty flower’s French name—any and all have spurred my baby-name imaginings.
Last night, inspiration came in the form of a TV sitcom. Can you guess which one it is?
I’ll go ahead and admit it. I’ve got a thing for “Golden Girls.” My husband cringes every time he comes home and I have these ol’ birds on as what I call “background noise.” But I love the pastel robes, the wicker furniture, the shoulder pads, the sisterly bond and especially the inappropriate jokes.
And as I watched the opening credits last night, I also started liking the names that flashed on the screen. From character names to real names, there were some pretty good options for baby girls:
*”Sophia” played by Estelle Getty
*”Dorothy” played by Bea(trice) Arthur
*”Rose” played by Betty White
*”Blanche” played by Rue McClanahan
The actors’ real names are even better than the character names. From the above eight choices, Dorothy is probably my least favorite, but do have a fondness for “Dottie”—and not just because I love Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. And I might switch the spelling of “Betty” to “Bette,” just because. And “Rue” is a refreshing option, even if it does mean sorrow. It’s simple, but interesting. Same goes for “Blanche.”
Thank you for being a friend to a pregnant lady, Golden Girls.
Where have you been surprised to find name inspiration?