Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mommy Moments - Name Game

Posted by Kero at Thursday, August 27, 2009
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I wanted an Arabic name for my son since he was going to be born in the Midle East. I thought of calling him Yousef to pay homage to the country that gave us our first home. But hubby says it might be difficult for the baby to travel in the future as Muslim names are synonymous to terrorism these days. Added to the fact that the baby's birthplace is United Arab Emirates.

How about Sacha, hubby offered because at that time Sacha Baron Cohen was pretty much famous for his Borat flick. It's a girls name, I argued. French people do that and we've never been to France so there is no point. So the search for a name went on.

At that time, I was trying to finish all of Dan Brown's book. One character we both liked was a Japanese named Ensei Tankado. But the character died somewhere along the plot. I didn't like it. If we are going to name our baby from a book character, the name should be at least celebrated, full of life, or at least lived happily ever after.

So the search went on, until I came across an ancient Greek book that recommends names for babies born according to their star signs. Mentally calculating my due date, I hurriedly flipped on December babies and my eyes caught ANDREAS. Right there, it felt soo right. My son is going to be called this. I read on to the definition and it says: meaning -- Strong, Brave, Manly.

Hubby was not too keen because it may sound girly when we bring him home to the Philippines. Well I don't care. Cultured people know how to appreciate unique, interesting names.

Then we added Ceasar because that is hubby's name. And I want the baby to be forever reminded how great his father is. Take cues from his father how to live his life. If he is a walking replica of his Dad, the better (calling the baby junior will be very uncreative hihi).

Fellow pretty Mommies, that is how we came up with Ceasar Andreas Pinkihan.

If any of those definitions corresponds, Andreas is very rough and tough and thrives on physical. obstacles. He was an early walker, early runner. Barely a year old and he was up on the sixth step of the stairs. He figures out too, how to get down on his own.

He is brave and showed early signs of independence as well. He will never ask you to reach a toy for him. He will figure out how to get up high - recently, he discovered a stool chair is of great help to reach the sink. Seldom does he complain when he hurts himself. When he falls from the bed, he scratches his head (maybe to soothe the area that hit the floor) and gets up on his own. Even when we go out, he will stumble from furious running but still manages to get up on his own. People stares in amazement. These days, he jumps like a seasoned diver in the swimming pool.

One more thing, they never mistook him once for a Filipino. It is always Japanese or Korean until today. Once, while we were at Belhoul for his vaccine, a father exclaimed "He looks like Jacky Chan!" We figured we have to learn Nippongo soon.

My Ceasar and my Andreas. The day they said he looked like Jacky Chan.

This was taken last week. He had fever from teething but he was soo bored inside the house we took him to Dubai Mall for a short walk.

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19 sweets for Kero:

pehpot on August 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM said...

This is early huh, mine wil be up tomorrow morning.

And my entry is as long as this too haha

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Chris on August 27, 2009 at 4:02 PM said...

i should give you an award for being so early every week... :)

a very informative and lengthy post :)

happy weekend!

darly on August 27, 2009 at 4:55 PM said...

Hi Momi Kero,

wow super aga....
i read din the name Andreas represents the duties of a male in the patriarchal society of Greece, and that is to protect his home.

Great meaning behind the name ayt! and Im sure he'll grow up to be one having great parents in you.

God bless

genejosh on August 27, 2009 at 8:03 PM said...

He looks more like a Chinese to me..he..he..I like the name parang nagcommand ng authority..

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Twinkie on August 27, 2009 at 9:12 PM said...

Now we should watch out for Andreas Ceasar! Leader na leader his name ha. :)

Kayang-kaya niya yang teething stage! Strong nga e. :)

onlinemommy on August 27, 2009 at 10:09 PM said...

Your husband is right. Your son may have some problem in the future if you gave him an Arabic name. Still a wise decision.

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Willa on August 27, 2009 at 11:03 PM said...

hey,Jackie Chan is not Japanese, so why learn nippongo, you should learn chinese. LOL!
But can't blame those people ,I will not give a second thought of him for having a chinese genes, looks at his cheenky eyes. :)

Joy on August 28, 2009 at 3:50 AM said...

Machong macho nga ang name nya!!!!! but he is really cute , with his chinky eyes!!!!!! mine is here see yah

Den on August 28, 2009 at 6:00 AM said...

Ang ganda kaya ng Andreas.

Don't mind the cheesy peeps here in the Philly Mommy. hehe

Ancute nya mommy nung mahaba ang hair nya. ;)

Mine's up na din Mommy. here

Tetcha on August 28, 2009 at 6:28 AM said...

It's my first time here. Your son really looks Japanese. And the name you chose for him befits his personality: strong, valiant and independent. Mine is up, too. I hope we can also exchange links. Thanks!

elapot on August 28, 2009 at 7:50 AM said...

andreas is a really great name. tapos boy pa yung anak mo so talagang akma yung meaning :)

oo nga kamukha nga nya si jackie chan dyan, ehehehe

mine's up: what's in a name?

Karen on August 28, 2009 at 10:45 AM said...

Well explained. Ceasar Andreas will be so proud of his name.

sweet_shelo on August 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM said...

wow, what a proud brave, strong and manly kid he is.. Love the meaning of his name and the sound of it..

life's journey on August 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM said...

Nice name and surely brave one. Mine is up also.

Rache on August 30, 2009 at 5:12 PM said...

you guys are right with the arabic name. Ceasar Andreas is perfect and he does look like jackie chan :)
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Yami on August 31, 2009 at 5:00 AM said...

Andreas Ceasar, lalaking-lalaki ang dating. He might be a good leader someday. :)

Amor on August 31, 2009 at 2:48 PM said...

Dami nyo palang pinagpilian. But you made the right decision in choosing Ceasar Andreas. Ang cute nga ng Andreas eh. I also added hubby's name on my son's name.

Beth on August 31, 2009 at 5:52 PM said...

I love Andreas name. Esp the Ceasar part. Very Greek talaga!

At first I thought na girly un name niya when I first dropped by here. Pero as I keep on reading your posts, nakasanayan ko nang basahin then eventually, I felt and thought it sounded beautiful. Nsa pagdadala naman palagi yan e :) Unique nga name niya actually.

Good to know that there are parents like you who took time talaga to look for good names for their kid/s. :)

Artemis on September 23, 2009 at 6:31 PM said...

ha ha, jackie chan nga! but have to learn Chinese as jackie chan is from hongkong!

the first time I met the name Andreas was from a mills and boons novel, that was looong time ago. And then I had a Norwegian classmate and friend whose name is Andreas. The guy sure looks like what his name entailed and good-looking too! Since then, I loved the name Andreas..


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