My friend Mairzy and I first bonded over baby names. In fact, I'd say that if you include the "Hey, Mairzy! Hey, Swistle!" and the "See ya, Mairzy! See ya, Swistle!" as part of the conversation, our first chats were roughly 95% baby names. About right, Mairzy?
It's still our favorite topic. We both own tattered copies of The Baby Name Wizard (Maizy's is more tattered: she generously loans hers out, whereas I hoard mine like miser's gold), and we like to page through them together, calling out opinions. Anyone seeing us in a coffee shop would assume that both of us were pregnant--and certainly we go into name overdrive when one of us IS. But baby names are not a pregnancy topic for us: they're an ALWAYS topic.
We are interested in EVERYONE'S baby names. We have heard it many times, but we are still surprised when people say they "just chose" a name, as if it were not an activity involving piles of baby name books, hundreds of discussions, and multi-page lists. Not because it's "necessary" to do it that way, but because it's SO FUN. If choosing a baby name is a no-big-deal, boring task...perhaps you'd let US name your baby?
Here is what Mairzy and Swistle would like to know today: What did you name your dolls when you were a child? This is not limited to literal dolls---you could include stuffed animals or pets---but what we're looking for here is your budding baby-naming skills. Not relevant: descriptive names ("Fluffy" for a stuffed cat) and jokey names ("Fred" for a hamster--unless you really did think that was an awesome boy name you'd use for a future child).
I had two dolls I gave names to. My first was a baby doll, and I got her the Christmas I was five. I named her Jeanette Isabella after my favorite Christmas carol. Later I changed her name to Sarah; later still, I changed her name to Nina. My second doll was a Cabbage Patch Kid, and I named her Megan.
Mairzy had two dolls she played with a lot. She named them Anna Nicole (she notes: "not Smith") and Katherine.
We are not sure what these names Tell Us, but we are Very Interested all the same!
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