Published on January 11, 2016

The Name Game

We're now 24 weeks pregnant, have announced we are having twins, and that they're both girls. Ryan and I each get asked daily, "Do you have names picked out? Are you telling the names?" Yes we do, and you’ll have to keep reading to find out!

Choosing a great name for your baby is a profound responsibility.  Each expecting Mom or Dad have their own taste as to what their baby will be known as for the rest of their life (or until they legally can change their name.) Everyone has their own style: traditional, trendy, unique, etc.  I know kids (and pets) named after their parents favorite singers, actors, and sports teams/athletes.

Ryan and I have a criteria we considered when discussing a name.  We wanted a two syllable first name since we have a one syllable last name, and it couldn’t rhyme with our last name.  If we were having a boy, Trent Wendt wouldn’t make the cut for both reasons.  We didn’t want a name that was currently so popular that our child would have others with their name in their class.  Growing up, there were four Sara/Sarah’s, four Jeff’s, two Angie’s, and 2 of us Mindy’s in my class, just to name the duplicates that come to mind.  It wasn’t a big deal, but raising kids in a larger school district, I’d like to avoid, if possible, my child being one of 5 or 6 with the same first name, and being known as “Tessa W.” for the next 18 years.  We wanted a name that would stay age appropriate as she grew.  One that is cute as a baby, ‘cool’ as a teenager, and mature as an adult.  Let’s be honest, you also have to check what it rhymes with, too.  Put it into the Name Game song.  You know the one, “Katie, Katie, bo-batie, Banana-fana fo-fatie, Fee-fi-mo-matie, Katie!”  Kids can be cruel, and I didn’t want a name that would be easily rhymed with a word that would be a mean or an insult. 

When naming Tessa, we came up with her name fairly early. It is a pretty, two syllable name that doesn’t rhyme with anything insulting. This time, we had three boys’ names lined up, but we had a harder time coming up with girls names. Especially two girls name. We wanted to stick with names that begin with the letter T. Do you know how many girls’ names that begin with the letter T? Not that many!

Tessa and Grandma Schlickbernd

Grandma Diane Elaine Schlickbernd,
with Granddaughter Tessa Elaine Wendt.

Then there’s the middle name.  Taylor’s middle name is Kaye, which is Ryan’s Mom’s middle name.  Tessa’s is Elaine, which is mine, my mom’s, and my Grandma’s middle name.  We knew if we were to have a boy one day, the middle name would be Harold.  Both Ryan and I have Grandpa’s named Harold, and ironically they knew each other.  They lived in neighboring towns in Nebraska, and they and our Grandma’s were in the same square dancing club. 

But when it came to picking middle names for the twins, we had nothing….at the beginning.  After picking the first names, we decided to have one middle name connected to Ryan’s dad, and one connected to my dad, since we’ve already connected Taylor and Tessa to our mom’s.  This is a surprise to our dad’s that they will find out by reading my blog!

There you have it!  That is how the twins are getting their names! For those of you right now saying, “Wait a minute, what are the names?!” You’re just going to have to wait until the Wendt Twins arrive.

About the Author

Mindy WendtMindy Wendt is a mom of twin girls who were born in April 2016! She and her husband Ryan also have two daughters, Taylor (15) and Tessa (4).



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