Nothing Gold

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. -Robert Frost

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I am a white American middle class suburban housewife trying desperately to tell herself that that is not who she is. One time I was a glowing young ruffian. Oh my God it was a million years ago.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Levi was almost called...

There has been a lot of talk about baby names lately and it's been making me think about how hard that process was and how many potentials we went through before we landed on Levi (1 day after he was born). I really love the name Levi now and think it fits him well, but I don't even think it was a forerunner until the day we decided. Anyway, when we were pregnant, we made a list of some names we liked and had our friends and family vote on it. Today, I found one of the pieces of paper with the list on it. How fun. We distributed the same list on different pieces of paper to different people. This particular one was voted on by Aunt Leah, Uncle Peter, Swennie, D, Marisa, Trevor and Cate. Here are the names we liked and how many votes they got (just from these people, since it's the only paper I found):
Aiden (6)
Alden (2)
Alexander (0)
Antony (1)
Baily (2)
Benjamin (1)
Caelan (1)
Daniel (0)
Dorian (0)
Eagan (2)
Elliot (4)
Ephraim (2)
Graham (2)
Grant (1)
Hadley (1)
Harrison (1)
Hayden (2)
Ian (2)
James (2)
Jonah (1)
Judah (0)
Kieran (2)
Lachlan (2)
Levi (1)
Marcus (3)
Max (1)
Milo (2)
Oliver (1)
Oscar (3)

As I got to the end of the list here I realized that this list was made at a point when we had only gotten to the O's in the baby name book, so there were a few more on subsequent lists. The ones that come to mind now are Rueben and Welton. Some of the favorites before we decided on Levi were Harrison and Milo. The one person that voted for Levi was Trevor. The 6 people that voted for Aiden were everone but Trevor. Also, it's interesting that the name we chose happened to be one of the 4 tribes of Isreal that are included on this list. Rueben was later included as well, I guess we just like those tribe names. Zebulun was never included.


Blogger aBhantiarna Solas said...

Very interesting ... you have LightGirl's middle name there. Hmmm ....

5:44 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Well, c'mon, what is it?

6:15 PM  
Blogger Schuyler said...

Oh my gosh. We had Antony on the list? Who voted for that??

6:16 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

That would be Deezy.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Mike Croghan said...

Hey Maggie, the Flying Spaghetti Monster will be so pleased with your new photo! Good job, and thank you for appeasing the Noodly Lord, who pays special attention to blogger profiles.


8:21 PM  
Blogger aBhantiarna Solas said...

She takes great delight in trying to trick people with it ... so you'll have to ask her. But trust me ... it's on that list. I'll give you a hint ... you should remember that we love things Gaelic.

9:13 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Thank goodness you didn't go with Aiden. We were going to name Lizzy Aidan if she were a boy. It's atop the most popular names for boys now... I think it's cool that there aren't that many Levis out there (that I've run into, anyway).
Zebulun would've definitely been unique!

3:26 PM  
Blogger miller said...

okay so this comment has nothing to do with levi's name (i voted for Aiden) but i was wondering when you were going to save the rest of those pictures to our photobucket? i know this is a little wierd, but i was exploring my blog and thought i should practice this whole comment thing...ya know, get back in shape for myspace :).

love you

4:03 PM  

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