Daddy, how did I get my name?

We’re expecting our first child in mid-April, and we’re thrilled as pomeranians with new Hello Kitty chew toys. But six weeks until the bun is baked, and we’re struggling with names.

Our shortlist consists of exactly ONE English name, and ONE character for his Chinese name. Oh, yeah, it’s a boy!

Some people have no such problems. Angelina and Brad are great at naming kids: Maddox, Pax Thien, Shiloh, Zahara! But they probably have eight full-time staff coming up with them.

So, we’re enlisting the help of you, our friends, family, and readers to help us choose a name. Imagine, you get to name our son! But even better than bragging rights, if the name you propose is picked, we’ll give you a brand-new, Blu Dot Couchoid Studio sofa. (Download a pdf spec sheet here.)

Couchoid Studio Sofa

(If this sounds like some thinly-veiled publicity stunt for our store, that exploits an innocent, unborn child, I say to you, “Yes, it is!” But at least it’s better than naming your child “Brooklyn” just to get free pizza.)

Couchoid in-situ

Seriously, though, we just figured it might be nice if others could share in our big event. You know, the wisdom of crowds and all that. So here goes:

Our surname is “Quah” (“柯” in Mandarin). The one English name we like is “Kyle”.

The Chinese name we like is a lot “King” (“敬”) which means “respect”. Preferably, it would be used as the second name, i.e. “Quah King Something.” “King Kong” has already been thought of and rejected, thank you very much.

We also like “Khai” (“凯”) which means “triumphant” or “victorious.” But the problem with “Kyle Quah King Khai” is the alliteration—it’s just too much of a tongue-twister.

Some guidelines:

  • You can offer a Chinese name, or an alternate English name, or both.
  • One to five carefully considered names is plenty. We prefer not having to read a list of 300 names lifted off the internet.
  • We don’t mind if the name’s uncommon. We’re not keen on Michael, John, David or Andrew. (Apologies to readers with those names.) I personally like cowboy names. Cody, Jake, Wyatt, but the wife will have none of it, as according to her, they’re “too American.”
  • Chinese names can be in any dialect. Hokkien if at all possible, otherwise we’re not too fussed about it. The Chinese character should, naturally, be something meaningful.

Send your entry to:pomelobaby (at) gmail (dot) com

Good luck!

Raymond & Karina

The fine print: Contest closing date: 15 April 2008. Please include your name and a contact number in your entry. Prize eligible for readers residing in Singapore only, sorry. Sofa is not exchangeable for cash, currypuffs or anything else. If more than one person suggests the same name, the first person who emailed it in, wins. In the event that we go with a completely different name than any suggested, we will award the sofa to one person chosen at random. Winner will be announced on this blog soon after the delivery date.

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19 Responses to “Daddy, how did I get my name?”

  1. Cushy-couchy-coo! « tabula rasa Says:

    […] Couchoid Studio sofa if baby Quah ends up with the name that you suggested. No kidding. Click here to play. Or to check out some of the other stuff from Pomelo Home – my friends’ modernist […]

  2. macha Says:

    can choose colour of the couch? why cannot exchange for currypuffs?

  3. Mok Says:

    What??? Prize only eligible to those residing in Singapore??? I’m NEVER playing scrabulous with you again!!!!

  4. laissezfaire Says:

    This is soo much fun!!! So brilliant! I will put my thinking cap on. Helped spread the word on my blog today.

    http://laissezfairedesign.blogspot.com/2008/03/name-son-win-couch.html

    Thanks for letting me know. =))

  5. laissezfaire Says:

    ps: your post is too funny.

    By the way, isn’t (“敬”) = “Jing” and not “King”?

  6. pomelohome Says:

    Macha: You can choose between white or robin’s egg blue, both pictured. I’m saving the currypuffs for baby contest #2: Name my baby, win your weight in pastries!

    Mok: Shipping to Ghana and Setiawan would cost more than the sofa. And besides, when it crosses Malaysian customs, someone will steal it.

  7. pomelohome Says:

    Hi Laissezfaire! Yeah, “jing” is the mandarin pronunciation, and “king” is probably cantonese. We like the English spelling of “King,” so we thought we’d just spell it how we like it, regardless of dialect.

  8. Martha Says:

    I too am expecting a little one…though we’re hoping for a girl. the name is so hard and so important.

    How about…Archer, Simon, Elias, Flynn or Edison?

    Good luck…I wish you all good health and happiness

  9. David Says:

    What about “Colin”?

    It’s:
    – international
    – easy to pronounce
    – strong sounding
    – uncommon enough that he won’t be the 4th “Colin” in class, yet not strange

  10. bob Says:

    how about Coby

  11. pomelohome Says:

    Hello Martha, David and bob! Thanks much for your suggestions. Will add them to the growing list.

    Martha: All the very best with your baby too. Yes, a name is really important, isn’t it, and hence, difficult, since he’s going to be living with it all his life.

  12. laissezfaire Says:

    ok, here are my suggestions:

    Jing(4) Yang (2). Not sure how to write the Yang but I like the sound of it with Jing. =)

  13. laissezfaire Says:

    will think about the english name…but has the baby arrived???/=))

  14. pomelohome Says:

    Hi Laissezfaire, the kid is arriving in about two weeks or so, depending on how punctual he decides to be. Thanks for your suggestion!

  15. Sam & Sab Says:

    hello Karina and Raymond…..

    i think we should win your couch giveaway, cos we came up with the coolest names. :D Karina’s got the list…of our suggestions…and we can’t wait to see Baby Quah! (well in my mind he’s going to be called Seth…so i’m gonna call him baby Quah for now..)

    :D

  16. Ron Says:

    Our family celebrates St George’s Day, and this year we will have our own George with whom to celebrate– and to baptize. But April 23 would be a long, painful wait for you, wouldn’t it? So here are two lists of names and the dates with which they are associated. The first is Catholic saints’ feast days in April, the second the “name days” of April in several European countries:

    http://www.catholic.org/saints/f_day/apr.php
    http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/lists/4.php

    You probably don’t want to name your boy Wicterp or Tigernach, but notice the clustering of saintly Hughs, Benedicts and Lamberts around your due date. On the second list, note the consistency across borders of Julius on the 12th, George on the 23rd, and Mark on the 25th.

  17. laissezfaire Says:

    I like Josiah or Luke!

    http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Josiah

    http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Luke

    Am suggesting them to you cos my friends have babies with this name already and I can’t use them myself. =))

  18. Joanna Says:

    Just found this site. I think this is interesting, being a female (wont call myself a girl anymore) with a very musculine name (How Kwang), I can totally understand how important this is.

    How about
    Sean Quak King Ann or Siang (ann siang) safe and calm 安祥

    If you dicide to have another one, you can use the next name ;-)

  19. pomelohome Says:

    Hi folks, sorry for the late reply. It’s been busy as you can imagine. About a week to go! And we still haven’t decided on any name. Thanks so much for your input. Watch this space!

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