Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Just call me Commando Coalfire Palin

Back in August, when Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain's running mate, my mom sent me an email with a link to her Wikipedia entry. I read through it quickly and noticed a lot of remarkable things about the woman. In a gutsy move, McCain had chosen for his VP candidate someone who was not only a woman, but a woman with children. And not only children, but FIVE of them. Young, still-at-home children. Still-at-home children, one of whom has Down Syndrome. Wow.

And yet, in all honesty, the piece of information in the article that jumped out at me the most was the names of her children.

I wrote back to my mom and said, "I don't know if I can, in good conscience, vote for a woman whose children are named Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig, even if she IS from Alaska."

I thought I might have been the only one to notice the kids' names, because I'm a nerd like that, but I was wrong. As I'm sure you all know, that bit of trivia earned plenty of attention in the press in the weeks leading up to the election. The Baby Name Wizard even chose it as one of her top baby name moments of 2008. It also inspired a Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator - just call me Commando Coalfire Palin from now on.

Now there's another Palin baby name that is sure to be in the news in coming days, albiet on a smaller scale: Tripp. Yep, that's what Bristol Palin reportedly named her baby boy. He'll fit right in with his uncles and aunts.

The funny thing is that in some of the intelligent analysis on this pressing issue, these wacky names from Alaska have been grouped in with some of the naming trends seen in Utah. I lived for a few years in Utah and it's true, there are some frontier-bending first names being forged there these days. It is, after all, the place where a man named Bronco has three young sons named Cutter, Breaker, and Raeder.

I guess my time spent in Utah among the cutting-edge namers has affected me more than I think. It didn't take very long for Sarah Palin's kids' names to not seem so strange to me anymore. The girls' names, at least, have even grown on me a little.

Just don't look for a little baby Loin Falcon anytime soon (that's Magdalena in the name generator).


Susanne said...

Loin Falcon? Cute! Heheh.

Enjoyed this. I had a Tripp in my graduating class, but he was the third William Robert in his family so it made more sense.

I guess Bristol and Levi just liked the name. :-)

Susanne said...

Ah, I just humored myself by using the Sarah Palin Baby Name Generator ...

using Susanne -- Pie Gallon Palin

using Susanna -- Creation Schwarzkopf Palin

using Susanna Rebekah -- Speck Backfire Palin

Nice, huh? :-D

Amanda said...

Man, think of what kind of life Lillian would have as Torpedo Vindicator Palin.

Nancy said...

First, my name is Comma Liberty. Awesome.

Second, my niece's name is Piper.

Don't worry. It had to grow on me. I wasn't like, "Wahoo! For cuteness's sake!"

Third, did you read about this family? Yikes!

Nancy said...

Rachel is Hose Hotrod. And I am still laughing. Wow!

Liz Johnson said...

Sport Grunt Palin here. I strangely love the name Bristol, but the others are a no-go for me. And Tripp??? Yeah, that kid will be teased. It's a shame.

JackJen said...

I might be alone in this, but I think that Breaker is the PERFECT name for a little boy. Let's just call it what it is.

Bridget said...

Jen, you make a good point.

Commando Coalfire is my maiden name. If I put in my married name, I get:

Pump Bust Palin.

Best name ever, don't you think?

Susanne said...

"Pump Bust Palin"

HA!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like a name for a nursing momma!

"Best name ever, don't you think?"

You betcha! ;-)

Amanda said...

my palin name is "rot pipeline." if only my parents had thought of that!

Ladel Torque Palin (Robertson) said...

With my full name I'm Ladel Torque. If I only use "Steve" and my last name, I get "Recoil Zoo Palin". I think I'm going to have to send that link to some people.

Thanks Bridget!

Nancy said...

So, my friend had a baby a few names ago and she named him Edward.

At first I didn't think much of it because I'm not a huge Twilight fan, but then just the other day I was like, "Whoa! I wonder how many Edwards are going to be born in the next decade..."

My guess is several. I knew two Edwards growing up--one in Canada and one at BYU--they both went by Eddie.

Anyway. I know that doesn't really have anything to do with this post, but I figured you'd be the only other person in the world to care about my name thoughts besides, maybe, Laura Wattenberg.


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