Hello, I’m [name]Kirsten[/name], and I’ve got a baby-naming issue that I hope I can get some advice on. [name]Ever[/name] since I was about 15 years old, I’ve wanted to name my first baby boy Trygve (pn. [name]TRIG[/name]-va). My great-grandfather Trygve [name]Carlsen[/name] moved from Stavanger, Norway to the United States with barely anything in his pocket and became a carpenter to support his family (he was an only son with six sisters and a deceased father). His life story has always inspired me, and I wanted to be able to pass on that admiration to my son. I had planned on putting Trygve on the birth certificate, but since Trygve doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue for non-norwegian speakers, I wanted to call him [name]Trig[/name]. My husband realized how much this name meant to me and even though he’d wanted a “junior” his whole life, he agreed to the name Trygve, with his name as the middle. Essentially, our boy would be Trygve [name]Jay[/name] [name]Lachlan[/name], known as [name]Trig[/name].
But, when [name]Sarah[/name] [name]Palin[/name] was slammed for her kids’ names, I began to have doubts. I hate [name]Sarah[/name] [name]Palin[/name], so I don’t want that association with her, and I’m worried about all the negative reactions people had to the name [name]Trig[/name]. When she originally was the vice-presidential nominee, I wasn’t too worried (hoping it would all just go away), but now, a few years down the road, I’m expecting that first baby boy. Now, I’m freaking out.
Any advice? I’ve imagined my boy as [name]Trig[/name] for so many years, and I hate to just give up on it. Should we put Trygve on the birth certificate but call him by a whole different name (if I can find one I love)? Should we use Trygve as a second middle name? Should we consider [name]Carl[/name] or [name]Carlsen[/name] instead? Or another Norwegian name? Help! [name]Baby[/name]'s daddy is not sure what to do either - he’s not a [name]Palin[/name] fan, but I think he’s also gotten connected to [name]Trig[/name] [name]Lachlan[/name]…
Thanks for any advice you can give!