My Dad says that his family always named their dogs with a two-syllable name that ended in the “EEEE” sound. Like Lassie. This was because if those two criteria were met, the name was one that would travel great distances over the acres of a farm when called.
Why I didn’t follow the same criteria when naming my children is beyond me.
Luckily – MrZ’s parents did. They just didn’t know it. If I need him from across our (small) house, I can yell, “Donnnnniiieeeee!” and he can usually hear me. (And often chooses to ignore me, but that’s another topic all together.) It is very nice to be able to scream for your spouse and they hear you the first time. Especially when I’m trying to find someone to bring me a burp rag as I’ve just been puked on. He’s not so lucky with my name. No only is my name only ONE syllable, but it ends in a consonant sound. “Kimmmmm!” just doesn’t travel that well. Meaning he could sit in spit-up for days.
(Of course, I have NO problems with the fact that my name doesn’t travel well, for the record.)
LilZ’s name is better than mine, but not great. His name ends in the “uh” sound. The other night I was in my bedroom watching TV and he was across the house in his bedroom. Now, our house isn’t that big, but we keep all bedroom doors closed so that the animals stay in the main part of the house. So, to shout to LilZ I needed my voice to carry across two doors. I screamed his name four times, getting louder each time. To no avail. At which point I wondered if I could start calling him, “Sammy.” His first name is Samuel, he just goes by his middle name. So, calling him “Sammy” wouldn’t be that weird. And “Sammy” would surely carry across the house. Especially with my high-pitched southern drawl. It would be PERFECT.
Instead, I had to pick up the cordless phone in my bedroom and call his cell phone. He answered, “Hello?” – obviously a bit confused that our home number popped up on his caller ID since he was IN OUR HOUSE.
“Yeah. It’s me. I’m in the bedroom watching Ellen. I’m thirsty. Will you bring me a diet coke? And from now on, your name is ‘Sammy.'”