When our friend, Steve, was getting ready for his first child, I carefully compiled a list of baby names worthy of a son being born to such a Mraz geek. Now, our friend Jon Baron is getting ready for his first little bundle of expenses (and joy), and I want to give him the same honor.
Jon is just as geeky as Steve, but not in a Mrazy way. Just in the normal “I like to talk about components and quote Monty Python like Scripture” way. He can’t argue with that because he doesn’t have the password to edit this blog. Ha!
Steve knew he was expecting a boy, so his list was tailored to fit a little Whedonesque son. Jon is expecting a girl though, so I can’t recycle any of those names. Here’s what I came up with from scratch. Any children born to any friends after this will get leftovers.
Because a daughter born to a Baron should have a regal, royal name:
Because Jon may want to think back to his childhood summers in Norway:
- Petra (also a good geek name from the Orson Scott Card ouvre)
Because you can’t go wrong with Harry Potter names:
Because Jon knows his Simpsons almost as well as I do (okay, maybe even better):
- Sherri/Terri (if only he was having twins!)
- Lunchlady Doris (I suppose this one could cause her to be pigeonholed into a career)
- Malibu Stacey
- Lisa (hey, it’s served me pretty well all these years)
Because his daughter may grow up to be a Whovian (I volunteer to take her on a pilgrimmage to see David Tennant):
- Sarah Jane
- Billie (a much better name than Rose)
- Gwen (or maybe save that for the spin-off… er, second child)
Because Jon is well-traveled:
Because Jon insists on stealing one of the two names I would find acceptable for a girl, and I’m thinking maybe I can distract him and push him onto another Beatles-inspired name:
- Eleanor Rigby
- Penny Lane
- Strawberry Fields
- Lucy Sky
- Martha Prudence (no Girls Gone Wild worries with this one)
- Savoy Truffle (She would have her own show on Food TV before her twelfth birthday)
Or how about names of real people associated with the Beatles:
Because Jon loves Peter Himmelman:
But if I have to suggest the best ever baby name for a precious little darling girl being born to a geek, I have to go with:
Serenity Firefly Baron
No way could she go through life with that and not become a free spirit, a rebel artist, a compassionate thinker, a brilliant leader and pretty much better in every way than all her peers. Not that having Jon as a dad doesn’t already ensure that, but I think you should give a kid all the advantages that you can.
The one with the bright eyes, well she laughed her way inside this music box, stored away in the corner of my heart,