I know I’ve talked about and shared our baby names before, but I thought I’d do a post that included them all.
With Cohen, we really weren’t sure what we wanted to name him. We had always had a girl name, but never a boy name! There were a few we tossed around, but nothing we were ever set on. Of course, our girl name that we were ‘set’ on isn’t the one we ended up using! Our girl name was Madison. The first date we went on was to see Swimfan. The crazy girl in the movie was known as Madison. Haha. We were pretty much set on Madison until two summers ago.
Anyway, Cohen honestly came from Seth Cohen on the OC. Cheesy, maybe. We liked it and really did not care what people thought. Of course, when I shared the name here, I did get a few ridiculous comments. To each their own. I just remember Rachel Bilson–Summer, if you will–calling Seth Cohen “Cohen.” I thought it was cute and liked the simplicity. I presented it to Brent and he was neither for it right away nor against it. We started using it in conversation and he soon decided he liked it as well. We called Cohen by his name for the second half (or a little more) of my pregnancy. His first name, Michael, is a family name. I love the name Cohen and always will.
For Knox and Sloane, we had lots of name-talking to do! Once we decided we did want to have more children, we determined that if we had a girl, we didn’t really feel like Madison fit us. I still love the name, but I just didn’t see us having a Madison.
We watched Entourage from the beginning to the end, and in the late summer/early fall of 2010, we decided that if we had a girl, we really loved the name Sloane. So, when we found out we had a bundle of baby girl cooking, she was Sloane. Her middle name went back and forth between two family names. We decided on Sloane Rose. We love it. Her nicknames are Sloaney, Sloaney Baloney, Sloania, etc.
For Knox, his name was a bit harder. We just could not decide. Honestly, we had a hard time liking many. We did know pretty quick we wanted to use a family name. The first Knox I’d ever heard/knew of was the last name of a boy I went to high school with. Most people called him by his last name, “Knox.” Always liked it. I’m not sure if it was that and a combination of frequenting Knox Street in Dallas, but it popped in my head and I wrote it on our list. Brent wasn’t sure about this one either. It definitely took some talking it out, using it in conversation, and referring to Knox as Knox before Brent was set. Knox often is referred to as Knoxy, Foxy Knoxy, Toof Man, and Tiny Baby Butt.
We then had to decide on which name would be Knox’s first name and which would be his middle. We ended up using James, which we knew early on would be one or the other. It is also a family name. We went with it as his first name. My dad never cared for having a first name but going by something else, but Brent has never really minded. Brent liked Knox as the middle name best, so that’s what we went with! I think James Knox is pretty stinking cute. Name and baby, of course. I will say, the ped’s office still doesn’t make it easy when I call and refer to him as Knox instead of James.
Names are one of those things that you pick based on what you feel is a good fit for your baby. A lot of people wait until the baby is born to decide. We didn’t. We liked calling them by name ahead of time, and when we saw them, we knew those were their names and they fit them!
I think our names are perfect and fit our babies wonderfully
You will have names in your head and you will have people who make dumb comments about the names you like. Some people, in hopes of being funny, don’t often think before they speak. So, if you like a name, that’s what counts! If your kiddo hates it, it can always be changed, but I don’t think that happens all too often.
Something else I know that floats around is copying. To me, there is no ‘copying’ when it comes to naming your baby. There is NO WAY that ONE name will only belong to ONE baby. It’s just not the way of the world. Of course names become popular. Again, also the way of the world. If anything, just try to think of it as fun or flattering if someone has the same name or picks the same name for their babe. Name twins!
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