On Facebook on Friday, I casually let it “slip” that we would be naming our baby boy Sawyer.
Later that night, though, we decided against using that name and went with another name. (Yes, I’ll reveal it in this post. Just hang on!)
I have wanted a Sawyer since I was pregnant with Parker. It was one of our top 3 choices for names, but majority ruled, and I lost. Sawyer only received my vote, Spencer only received Ashley’s vote, but Parker received 3 votes – hubby’s, Zander’s, and Jace’s. After all, they loved the name because it represented “Spider-Man” – one of their favorite heroes.
So, I gave up the name Sawyer. And I’m glad I did, because Parker is a Parker, through and through.
When we found out we were pregnant, the first thing hubby said to me was, “Well, if it’s a boy, at least we already have a first name.” And then when we found out it looks like a boy at our most recent ultrasound, we started calling him Sawyer that same day.
And then I discovered something.
Southerners cannot pronounce Sawyer right.
Since I first heard the story of “Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn,” I have pronounced Sawyer as SOY-er. Down here, though, it’s pronounced SAW-yer.
I hate it.
If we gave this baby the name Sawyer, sure, we’d call him Sawyer (SOY-er) at home. And I’m certain all of our friends and loved ones would call him Sawyer (SOY-er) as well. BUT, the moment we’d ship him off to school, he would become known as Sawyer (SAW-yer), and I can’t have that.
So, after much discussion, we’ve decided the baby’s name will not be Sawyer. It breaks my heart, but I just can’t stand the way the name is pronounced down here.
Side note: I’ve never watched the show Lost, but I’m aware that there’s a character named Sawyer on there. Out of curiosity, how do they pronounce his name?
We’ve talked things over with the kids, and hubby and I have discussed this at length: the baby’s name will now be Gage.
We opted for Gage for several reasons: 1. It fits in really well with the names of our other kids, and 2. Zander has 6 letters, Jace has 4 letters, Parker has 6 letters, Gage has 4 letters – I thought it made the perfect little pattern.
Now we just have to come up with a middle name for baby Gage. And, no, we won’t be using Sawyer as the middle name. I guess we’ll figure out the middle name in another post.