Pace's Kindergarten Class

Since Pace was born, I've sort of had my ear tuned to what other friends and acquaintances have been naming their babies.  I grew up with one of the most common boy's names of the 1970's and although I didn't hate it, there's definitely something out-of-whack when you're in a graduating class of 44, half of those are presumably male and of those 22, fully 3 (or 15%) have the same first name.

I admit that probably played at least a small role in the name we chose for Pace.  As I've mentioned, picking a boy's name was infinitely harder for us than picking a girl's name – in fact, we had two completely acceptable options for a girl, long before we even planned to get pregnant!

As I explained to someone who complimented the name on Facebook, what we were going for with Pace was a couple things – we wanted something unique (and not just “add an x” to change “Jackson” to “Jaxon” unique) but that wouldn't require Pace to spell out his name for people for the rest of his life (again, see “Jaxon” alternate spelling for an example.)  Of course, we're beginning to realise that Pace doesn't always fit this criteria and we'll still get “Pace?  How do you spell that?” but I guess that's what we get for picking a fairly uncommon name, no matter what it was.

Anyhow, to get back to my initial point, here are the names of some babies we know who were born within the last year or three.  Definitely not a Jason or Jennifer among them and it looks like we're not the only ones going for that unique yet simple name for our child (I blame Chris Martin and Gwenyth Paltrow)…

Alise
Amara
Anese
Anise
Brooklyn
Cooper
Cora
Dennon
Eamon
Emmerson
Emersyn
Garrett
Grace
Gracie
Hali
Hayden
Hudson
Ian
Jeren
Kiran
Krisily
Kyan
Lennox
Liam
Maxwell
Mandred
Nadia
Noah
Olivia
Reginald
Ryce (I thought it would be pronounced “Reece” but it's “Rice”.  And you thought “Pace” was daring! )
Saron
Sawyer
Sierra
Sophia
Tyson
Wyatt
Zia

Comments 2

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I like a name that is slightly uncommon, perhaps because I am a 'Michelle' from the 80's when it was Wildly popular, there are Michelles everywhere, I always had my last initial tacked on in school..and my poor parents thought they were being original..naming me for the Beatles song..I used to want to change it, but I am Michelle now through and through.
    My long-winded point , is that I think Pace will like the unique nature of his name, just be sure and special order a pen/toothbrush/teddy bear one Christmas with his name on it, every kid wants that. 😉

    Posted 13 Oct 2007 at 3:31 am
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Shea never got that pen/toothbrush/teddy bear either so I'm sure we'll make sure Pace gets one. With the list of names I posted, I think there will be a big opportunity for the company that makes one-off products of the type you listed.
    As for the name “Michelle”, you can *never* go wrong with a Beatles reference, even if the other 8 Michelle's you know were probably named after a character on Knot's Landing or something.

    Posted 13 Oct 2007 at 10:40 pm

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