Harrison & Harrison
Aside from the puking & nearly passing out & not fitting into my clothes & swelling & stretch marks, picking out Harrison’s name had to be the hardest part of pregnancy. The problem (& I use “problem” loosely considering the circumstance) was that Harrison had a penis. It was the only reason I gasped when they announced he was a boy at the ultrasound, because I knew there was a fight ahead. If he had been rocking the girl bits, we would have thrown any number of girl names we loved into a hat – Kathryn & Caroline topped the list – but we were stumped when it came to boy names.
Doug didn’t want a “Junior,” but he wasn’t opposed to naming our son William after his father. The problem was the 13 other Williams on my side of the family. (I’m not exaggerating.) I tossed out Mason, but he said there was this dude he knew 15 years ago that was a brat that kind of ruined the name for him. ::blank stare:: Then I tossed out Max, Joshua, Matthew, Wilson, Benjamin, Callum, David, Christopher, Drew, Nicholas, etc. I tried trendy & traditional & weird, but still Doug shook his head. He suggested William & Dean.
I swore that we’d never land on a boy name. Then one night, girlfriends of mine jokingly suggested that we give our boy the initials of “HJ,” like how I used to call him HJ for Harpie Jr. on the blog. They started tossing out names of Henry, Huck, Hal, Harrison…wait.
Harrison. I loved it immediately. It was classic but different, a name he could use as a little boy but grow into as a man. Even better, it was the name of a family friend that I adored, someone who had acted as my grandfather my entire life. I was sold & I tentatively suggested it to Doug…& he loved it.
For a few days, we tested it out & I whispered it in the car to my growing belly. We didn’t need to do more than that; it was already his name. We had decided that while Doug didn’t want a Junior, it would be nice to use his name for our son. We’re traditional like that & while at first his named seemed too long & clunky, it now flows beautifully.
Did you have a fight to name your kid? Was it a Top 10 name or a family name or something you overheard & loved?
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