When I announced that we are expecting a little baby boy, a few of you dear readers asked if we had a name picked out.
I didn’t answer right away … you see, picking out a name has been one of the hardest parts of my pregnancy. The Nerd and I just don’t agree.
We argued and debated and I’d suggest a name and he’d hate it. And then I’d suggest another and he’d hate it.
I want the baby’s name to have some meaning to us. But I also want the name to be fairly traditional. I grew up with an unusual name, and while I love my name, I don’t think I’d want my child to have to constantly correct people on pronunciation or spelling or whatever.
All of this is to say that I think we’ve settled on a name that we both love, has meaning and also has a pretty cool story behind it.
One of The Nerd’s favorite books growing up was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Last year, he convinced me to read it and I absolutely loved it.
The story is about a young boy (I think he’s 8 years old when the book opens?) who is a genius and is sent off to space battle school to learn how to fight an alien race, called the Buggers, who are hell-bent on destroying Earth.
The main character’s name is Andrew, but everyone calls him Ender. He is the third child in his family — an unusual occurrence when having more than two children has been outlawed by the government. They made an exception for the Wiggin family, though, because the first two children were unfit for battle school.
They hoped that Ender would have all the desirable traits in a military leader — and he did.
Personally, I LOVE the name Ender. I think it’s unique and interesting and you wouldn’t have to tell anyone how to spell it.
But The Nerd didn’t like it — he said that “Ender” was a derogatory name that was used in the book to isolate Ender and make him feel inadequate. Which is true.
So, we came to a compromise. We are going to name our little baby boy Andrew. I would love to call him Ender, but I’m not sure if we will. Right now, I think Andrew suits us just fine.
We’re still working on a middle name. There are several that I love — James and Ryan are at the top of my list. Now, if I can just get The Nerd to agree…
Ok, now for the funny story behind it.
When I was at ALA, Orson Scott Card was signing one of his newest books, Pathfinder.
I got my book signed, and told Mr. Card that I was having a baby in December and we planned to name him Andrew, after Ender in Ender’s Game.
Mr. Card stopped signing my book for a brief moment, looked up at me, and said, “Thank you. Thank you SO MUCH for not naming him Ender. That’s a TERRIBLE name for a baby!”
I just laughed.