Due to our extreme indecision in naming this kid, you get a long blog entry justifying it all to announce what we finally decided.

Ily likes names that aren’t popular. I like names that aren’t really odd sounding, and we both kind of want them to have some sort of nice meaning or significance. We both have associations with various names from people we knew growing up or in college that need to be avoided. We also want to avoid names of family and extended family. We also consider initials, potential nicknames, sound-alikes, famous people with the same name, etc.

With Isaac we bantered back and forth and by the time he was born we had a list of about 5 names that we liked. About three of those were just a little too unusual for me, but I figured I could get used to them if I had to. After Isaac was born we held him for a bit, looked at each other, and kind of both said, “Isaac,” which was one of those top-two for me from the list.

For Micah we batted around a lot of new ideas, but then after he was born we looked at that original list from Isaac’s name list and chose Micah, the other one that I liked originally.

Reece hadn’t actually made the cut on that first list, not for lack of Ily trying. I had serious qualms about Reese Witherspoon turning it into a female name, ie Stacey, Tracey, Shannon, or Kelly. I still worry about that when, say, a boy on Micah’s soccer team has a little sister named Reese, but it’s a family name on Ily’s side, and I do actually like it a lot, so hopefully it won’t become completely hijacked by females.

And then, we found out we were having a fourth boy. We looked back at the original list and the remaining names have grown pretty popular in the intervening 10 years, so they are out for Ily, and I still think one or two of them is weird (no offense to any of you that have used those). So we batted around a bunch of new ideas and came up with a list of roughly 25. Then we stopped talking about it for a while after that. Ily really liked one name that I just couldn’t handle, and we were having a hard time. Then, a couple nights before our 4th was born (not that we knew it at the time…) we weeded the list down to 6.

After he was born we agonized and couldn’t decide. I say we, but actually it was mostly me. The names were all on the odd side for me. A couple weren’t really that odd, but they had some other slight, nagging issues. Two days after he was born we still couldn’t agree. We had a tentative choice, but we just couldn’t commit to it for a few reasons. This afternoon I finally went back to the list of 25, wrote them all down on little slips of paper, put them in a little box, shook them up, and had Ily close her eyes and pick. She picked Davis. Since I couldn’t really get behind any of them before, I squirmed a bit with Davis, so she said she’d pick four more and then we pick amongst those 5. I agreed, not really sure if we’d carry this all the way through. She picked 4 more, put them in the box, shook it, and she picked Davis again. We laughed at the coincidence, considered that maybe it wasn’t just coincidence, and decided to go for it. Davis it is. One website says Davis is Hebrew for Beloved, others say it’s Scottish for Son of David. Whatever, it’s good enough.

Middle names are a whole 'nother story, and this is too long already. To honor Ily’s Estonian heritage this time, we picked Kalev, a mythical Estonian hero, and, as it turns out, a modern day Estonian candy company.

Welcome to the world, Davis Kalev Murdock.


Melinda June 27, 2010 at 1:11 p.m.

Cute! Naming is so hard!

Karen Ray June 27, 2010 at 2:35 p.m.

You've got me completely curious about the other names on the list! For what it's worth, I like the name Davis. I don't think it's unusual at all.

ily June 27, 2010 at 4:18 p.m.

I think this is the complete list:

Davis/ Davey
Kalev (for a middle name only)
Beau or Bo

Vicky June 28, 2010 at 11:10 p.m.

He looks like a Davis! I liked Caleb and Seth too.