Two Cents Worth – What’s in a name?

Two Cents Column

As many of you may know, my wife and I are preparing to have our first child in mid-May. My wife has decided that we won’t find out the gender of the child and will wait to be surprised. While I can respect the fun aspect of not knowing until the doctor says “It’s a ____!”, I’m dying to find out what we’re having.

I like to plan ahead and its proving difficult when I don’t know if we’re expecting a boy or a girl. Specifically, I’ve been absolutely stressing over a name for the child. There’s a lot that goes into a name. A name can define a person and impact them for life.

Needless to say, I’d have half the stress related to picking a name if I knew if I was picking a boys name or a girls name. But since I can’t know that, I have to struggle to come up with not one, but two names I like. Unfortunately, Laura and I are picky.

There are some rules.

First, if we have a boy, I want the middle name to be my name, Nicholas. My middle name is my dad’s first name and his middle name is his dad’s first name. I figured I’d keep it going.

Second, Laura has insisted that the name be a name you can shorten into a nickname. Like Franklin can be shortened into Frank. That sort of thing.

Third, we want a name that is spelled easily and exactly how you would think it would be spelled. No complicated spellings where a “y” is put in place of what would normally be an “i”, for example.

Fourth, we want a classic, traditional name.

Finally, we don’t want to name the child anything that starts with the letter “M” since our last name is Miller and we don’t want the double-M.

I’ve suggested “William”, and while she’s ok with it, Laura isn’t falling over deeply in love with the name. She’s suggested “Leigh” but I’m not a fan. We briefly thought about “Theodore” but those thoughts have passed.

Picking a name has proven to be very difficult and time consuming. So we’re opening it up to suggestions. What do you think would make a nice name for the newest member of the Miller family? Send me your suggestions (PLEASE!) to

At this point, I’m willing to consider anything. We’re currently just calling the baby Grakathor until a better name comes along. I’m not joking…