Back in June, when I announced that Becky and I are expecting a baby, I wrote:
One thing we will probably do is follow the lead of Glenn Reynolds and many other prominent bloggers who, when they talk about their children on their blogs, don’t use the kids’ real names, but instead use some sort of nickname. Glenn, for example, calls his 11-year-old “the Insta-Daughter.” I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t thought of a catchy blog-nickname yet for the IrishTrojanSon or IrishTrojanDaughter Ã¢â‚¬â€ suggestions are welcome! Ã¢â‚¬â€ but I think I will probably go that route, just to prevent the kid from being easily, instantly Google-able starting at infancy.
That “probable” decision has become a definite plan, and I wanted to mention it again, so that it’s clear to everyone as a statement of blog policy. Many of my readers will, of course, know the baby’s name in due course. However, I’m asking everyone to respect our wishes and please do not mention the baby’s name on the blog — or in any other publicly accessible Internet space, for that matter. Obviously, friends and family spreading the word via e-mail is fine. But if you’re going to put up an announcement on your MySpace or whatever, please leave the baby’s name out of it.
Of course, we need something to call her on the blog. We’ve got a couple of ideas, but I thought we’d open it for suggestions again. (Criteria after the jump.)
The ideal blog-nickname for the baby would meet the following criteria:
1) Unlikely to become a “real-life” nickname (so, no initials, middle name, etc.).
2) That said, if it were to become a “real-life” nickname, it wouldn’t be horribly embarrassing.
3) The kid won’t rapidly outgrow it — i.e., it doesn’t only work for a baby (e.g., “Baby Loy,” “Lil’ Loy,” “Bundle of Loy,” etc.)
4) It isn’t ridiculously unwieldy (e.g., “IrishTrojanDaughter”) and actually sounds like something you could call someone, as a substitute for a first name, without it breaking up the flow of a sentence in a blog post or generally looking stupid in print.
5) Ideally, it would be gender-specific, so that it’s instantly clear that it refers to a daughter.
6) Even more ideally, it would lend itself to similar (but not identical) nicknames for potential future kids.
I think my favorite option so far is “Knoxgirl” or “Knoxbabe” (or “KnoxGirl” or “KnoxBabe”). The thinking is that this baby will probably be the only one we have in Knoxville, and so referring to Knoxville in her blog-nickname helps out with criteria #6. Obviously, “girl” or “babe” helps with #5. And it doesn’t seem to flagrantly violate any of the first four criteria.
Becky is partial to calling the kid “Scion” (as in “a descendant or heir“) or “KnoxScion.” She likes that it starts with “SC.” (There is, in fact, a USC program specifically for SCions.) I’m not sure how I feel about that option, but I’m still considering it.
I’m also tempted to simply keep calling her “Avocado.” I’m not sure if that violates criteria #2, though.
Anyway, I was just wondering if y’all have any better ideas…