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So What is Really in a Name? My Life 15 JUL 2010

So out of our four chosen names to be applied to our first child, the pendulum has now swung back again, strongly in favour of the original choice of Jessica, though modified with the use of our second girl name, meaning that should our baby be a girl – and it is suspected that she might be according to the doctor who did the 13 week scan and Chantelle herself – she would be called Jessica Madison Lotter.

Though knowing Chantelle, she may very well change her mind in a couple of weeks’ time again! :)

And while Madison (which had been our first choice girl’s name for a while now) had the rather unfortunate meaning behind the name of “Son of Matthew” (It isn’t really a girl’s name – only became so thanks to the popularity of the movie Splash starring Darryl Hannah from a while back), the name Jessica has a nice background to it as it is suspected to originate from Hebrew and means “foresight”, or the ability to see the potential in the future.

It’s first recorded appearance in that current spelling and form by the way, is from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice play where Jessica is the daughter of Shylock.

So now you know.

Should however our little baby turn out to be a bouncing boy, then I would be equally happy as Ethan, also of Hebrew origin, means strong, firm, steadfast and safe.

And you really can’t go wrong with that! :)

Coco Pops! My Life 27 MAY 2008

Coco PopsSo after a bit of niggling over the names of our soon-to-be-with-us kittens, our buddy Retha has come up with a brilliant solution that leaves both C and I happy at last.

As you saw in the previously posted photos, one of the kittens in brown while the other is black, meaning that Chantelle literally spent half an evening trawling through lists of names for black and brown pets. She liked ‘Cocoa’ as in ‘Hot Cocoa’ as a name for the brown kitten while I picked out ‘Obsidian’ for the black one as I liked the idea of calling my kitten ‘Obs’ or ‘Obsie’ as the need arises (plus it sounds awfully close to ‘Hobbes’, a tribute to the single greatest cartoonist of our time).

However, as is usually the case, no one was to keen on my name and so a lot of niggling and haggling promptly ensued, all to no avail as I fervently stuck to my guns on ‘Obs’.

Until yesterday that is.

During a quick visit at her new digs in ‘Obs’, believe it or not (that is ‘Obs’ as in Observatory and not Obsidian though for those of you who aren’t in the know), Retha came up with a brilliant idea that incorporates my love for word play (I still think ‘Fridge’ and ‘Freezer’ would have made a cool combo!) and manages to make both Chantelle and I happy all in one go.

So from hence forth our two soon-to-be-with-us kittens shall be know as ‘Coco’ and ‘Pops’. You gotta love it! :)

I can’t wait to confuse the hell out of my neighbours when I lean outside and shout for ‘Coco Pops’ to come in! Man, I feel sorry for my kids one day when I get to pick out their names for them! :D