So & So Murphy

by Gavan on February 9, 2012

The joy of choosing a name

Here’s an interesting one. As a parent, or in my case an about-to-be parent, you now have the pressure-filled task of coming up with a name for your child that he or she will have for eeeeever unless of course you screw it up so bad they change it. So actually the only pressure is to name them for the first 18 years, which isn’t too bad then. Now, you can go a few ways on this. You can go with the name that’s been passed down from generation to generation, i.e. your Dad’s name or even your grandfather’s name, or another way to go with that same school of thought is to name your son after yourself. Like if we were to have a boy…Gavan junior or in the hip hop community he’d simply be called lil’ G. This whole ‘junior’ thing reminds me of The Sopranos. I think we’d be obliged to move to the Jersey shore if Gav junior is the way we go.

Now for a girl it’s not quite the same. I’ve never seen a Mary junior or lil’ Betty for that matter. I have heard of lil’ Kim though. Although in Ireland, especially back in my parents time, sons and daughters were called after their parents. In my Dad’s case Joe after his Dad and his sister, my Aunt, is called after her Mum Peg so she became known as Pegeen. The ‘een’ part means ‘little’ in Gaelic so she was little Peg. She is still to this day called Pegeen so go figure. That ‘een’ part isn’t really used any more since all the Brittney’s and Beyonce’s started popping up everywhere although maybe in 5 years we’ll start to see some Brittneens around the place.

Side note: My granny (Dad’s Mum) wanted to call my Dad Fersey and his sister Attracta. Needless to say that didn’t happen, thank God. I might have ended up Fersey junior! Doesn’t bear thinking about.

OK, so back to the naming process. Apart from the family route you can always go with favorite film stars, pop stars, planets, fruit, furniture outlets…how ’bout Ikea Murphy? Let’s throw it in the mix, why not?  Of course don’t forget the plethora of baby naming books out there. That’s also an option. Knowing all of his you’d think we’d be further along but alas we’re not. At least we still have some time to play around with it so hopefully we’ll get some divine inspiration or at the very least I’ll see a new exotic fruit in the store and just go with that.

Any suggestions? Oh by the way, IT’S A BOY!!


Read my previous baby Murphy post here.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Claudia Hall Christian February 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’m partial to Cian – I just like the way it sounds. But I’ll tell you, a lot of people name the babies when they see them. Somehow that just seems fitting.

I’m excited for you!

Linda February 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm


Jennifer February 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Hank Murphy

Gavan February 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

You honestly think I can bring a Hank Murphy back to Ireland? Zero chance he’ll be allowed in. Nice try though.

MikeD4 February 21, 2012 at 6:36 am

So Gav…you finally went fishing! 😉

Massive news, great news ! When is he due?

Congrats to you and Kirsty.

As for names, I hear MikeD4 is going to be huge next year, and is without any pending lawsuits, paternity claims and trade mark infringements by Apple 😉

Enjoy the Unisex shower Gav!

Jennifer Tamez February 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Bastien was wishing his name was Wendell not too long ago.

Jennifer Tamez February 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

And Jason wished his name was Gaël.

Jennifer Tamez February 26, 2012 at 8:20 pm

How about Shamrock?

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