Deciding on a name for your child has to be the hardest decision that future parents have to make. It’s a name that your child will be stuck with for the rest of their lives. While I love my name, Jessica, I grew up with multiple Jessica’s in every class at school. Even at work there are a few of us(and I expect we may end up hiring more in the future). I used to say that God loved Jessica’s so much that he needed a lot of us on Earth, but that was just something funny I’d say to get people to laugh. Like many girls my age, we were named after the character Jessica from the film The Man from the Snowy River, a film that will always have a special place in my heart.
I’ve since learned some great things about my name. Jessica is Hebrew for Wealthy. It also was invented by William Shakespeare for his play The Merchant of Venice. Which probably explains why I love Shakespeare and his plays so much(okay that’s probably not the real reason).
But of course, I’m not really here to talk about my name, I’m here to talk about deciding on a name for our daughter.
Before we got pregnant, we had floated around names, but it wasn’t until it was official that we got more serious about it. I knew I wanted a name that had meaning to us, but wasn’t so far out there that people would look at us strange. I’m all for unique names but some can be quite interesting to say the least.
We had a small list for both boy and girl names. Okay, that’s a lie, we had one boy name(because I wasn’t into the other boy name that Sean liked), and 2 girl names picked out. Then one day I was at work chatting with some friends. You see, I had the realization that my due date was the day before the new Avengers movie was to be released. Obviously if you know me, and if you’ve realized from this blog, you know that I love comics, and am a major Marvel fan(though I will say I do enjoy DC as well, Marvel just is my preferred company). I was quite upset because I’ve been waiting for this movie for some time, but I’d also been wanting to get pregnant too for some time. I was conflicted and venting my frustrations to a friend at work.
We started joking about bribing Marvel Studios to allow me to watch the movie in the hospital, if I were to name my baby after them. It was all in good fun because I was pretty set on either of the two names that we already picked out. But the more we joked around about it, the more I started to like it.
I told Sean about it and he liked it too.
We decided to add it to our list. We had been planning on not choosing a specific name until we met her, because of hearing from friends and family that they had a name picked out and then when they saw their baby, they knew the name wasn’t right.
But as time went on, we started seeing reasons not to use the other names and more and more reasons that Marvel was the right one.
One of the other names is in the top ten baby names, even though the spelling of ours would have been a bit different. Growing up with the top name for the year I was born (and some of the years around it) made me realize that I didn’t want that for my baby (as mentioned above, I do love my name!). The other name was recently used by a celebrity, so when I was mentioning our list to a family member, they said “oh like ___?” and that was one of my fears, because it had nothing to do with them and more to do with one of our many fandoms.
Once at the bottom of our list, Marvel was now at the top. I even checked on Nameberry (and I still do to keep an eye on it), and it’s listed as #1,473 in popularity. It hasn’t even been in the top 1,000 since the 1940’s! The more I learned about the name, the more I fell in love.
When people ask what we are naming her, I tell them proudly. When they ask if it’s because of Marvel Comics, I tell them yes, but I also defend it a little by saying it’s an older name. I get a few mixed reactions but generally the response we’ve had has been very positive. They love how unique it is, but in the way that it’s not used much, instead of the “did you make that up?” uniqueness. I’ve had adorably themed baby showers using comic book characters and received awesome Marvel and DC clothes for our baby girl to wear.
Now, remember when I said we weren’t going to “choose” the name until we met her? We were also not going to announce the name until after she was born, just in case the name changed. But anytime I heard the word “marvel” or “marvelous” spoken, I got excited. Even when I would feel her move or kick, I would “marvel” at the fact that I have this baby girl inside of me. I remember when the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron came out, she kicked like crazy during it. All these things made it more real that it really was her name. But the kicker for me was a sweet note that my mom had written on their white board.
I saw her name written up there and I knew that it felt right.
We were still anxious about announcing the name though. It had been fun to tell people when they asked us. Well, one day, my pregnancy brain got the best of me when I uploaded my awesome cake to show on Facebook from my first baby shower. I didn’t think until afterwards that the cake had her name on it. I figured I’d just let it slide though and see if anyone noticed. It took some time but a couple of people caught on and commented asking if that’s what we were naming her, to which I replied in the affirmative.
I haven’t officially announced on Facebook the name, but with this post I guess it makes it official. There’s always that chance that her name could change, but the likely hood of that happening is slim to none in my eyes. Marvel fits her wonderfully from what I can already tell about my daughter.
I’m anxious to meet my little Marvel, and if her birth means that I don’t see the new Avengers movie right away, she will be worth it. Besides, I could always still try to bribe Marvel Studios right?