My wife and I are expecting our first in the next few weeks. We do not know the gender.
We’re having a very hard time coming up with a middle name for a boy (we’ve got our first name picked out for a boy and both first and middle for a girl). Often, when we are discussing names we end up joking around, and one time I jokingly suggested “Messier” as a middle name (pronounced mess-ee-yay) after the hockey player [name]Mark[/name] Messier, who was my childhood hero as a New [name]York[/name] Rangers fan. My wife actually loved it and seriously wants to use it, but I’m actually not sure how I feel about it! We are Rangers season ticket holders, the team actually means a lot to both of us (not just me), and Messier is an iconic figure in the team’s history. On top of that, naming my child after [name]Mark[/name] Messier, who embodies the wonderful qualities of leadership, perseverence and intensity in accomplishing his goals, is appealing to me.
That being said, I’m afraid of three things: 1) people will think it is really ridiculous that I named my child after an athlete; 2) the spelling of the name (especially if he is anything like his father and doesn’t like to clean up after himself); and 3) other children might make fun of it, especially if they have no idea who [name]Mark[/name] Messier is.
I would love some opinions! Please be honest and don’t hold back. Thanks so much!