Naming Namnam..

**A long ramble of a post alert**


Reading this very interesting post by RM takes me back to those days when R & I were scrounging around for that perfect name to give to our child!

Now Namnam, as some of you may know, came into our lives after much longing and prayers. It took umpteen medical tests, heart-aches, many depressing nights of crying into the pillows, visits to temples, and a good 6 years for God to finally bless us with our precious little. So when we found out that our prayers were finally being answered, our happiness knew no bounds! We were so looking forward to welcoming her that we spent all of those 9 months that she was within me, in either talking to her in cuddles or planning her life or simply weaving our dreams of living our lives centered around her ! But. Did it ever strike us to think of a name for her? Noooooo!

It was on the day that she was born, when my parents broached the subject of having a naming ceremony that it dawned on us that we had to think of a name! The naming ceremony was to be conducted on the 28th day. So we had almost a month’s time to arrive at a name! Phew! And thankfully we didnt follow the tradition of confining the name to a particular letter, which meant we were free to choose any name.

Thus started the rigorous search. R & I were all over different websites while our parents were all over their friends circles checking for good suggestions! R & I were pretty clear that we didnt want to choose any names starting with R for the simple reason that there were too many R-named members in our family and we were clearly bored with that letter!

So after some fierce and confusing hunt I found a name to my liking, rather make it immense liking. In fact two names. And R found one name. And he decided on the nickname too for our child right there and then! He was that confident that his name would be chosen! Hah!

Our parents handed over their resignation from the search-team and offered themselves to be in the voting team.

Needless to say, R began his lobbying from the word go! He was at the beck and call of the parents, being the ultra goody-goody son/son-in-law to them, donning his funny hat to amuse them at times, laughing at their jokes, even when the jokes were far from being funny! ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ˜ก

And where was I? I was playing the doting amma to my darling, feeding her, burping her, snuggling up to her and catching up on the much craved for nap or two, not to mention the cleaning of her poo&pee every-hour-on-the-hour….totally oblivious to my husband’s not-so smart moves!

Anyway it was time to propose the name and I went first with my two choices. Pranati, which was a synonym of Goddess and Sanchita which meant collection of poems. My heart was heavily on Pranati though. But as expected nobody liked it. Everyone vetoed! For them it sounded like ‘pranthi’ which in malayalam means mad-girl! ๐Ÿ™„ ! And strangely that was enough for me to have second thoughts on choosing that name! Imagine my girl being mis-addressed asย  ‘Pranthi’ ! Sanchita was vetoed too and frankly I was not too disappointed as I was rooting more for the first choice. Since that didnt go well I was hardly in a mood to push the name!

Then it was R’s turn to put forth his choice. Namya, meaning of which is ‘to be bowed to’, ‘to be worthy of honour’.

Well, much against what I had expected, I loved the name and its meaning, far more than the ones I had chosen. So did the rest of the family! And as though stamping for a final push for approval, he proposed a pet-name for her and said we could call her Namnam. It was enough for all of us present in the room to go all awwww!

Yet I loved Pranati too, I somehow couldnt get it out of my mind. So much so that I had secretly started addressing my child, in my mind , by that name.

So I went around pushing the name forward while R kept pushing for his choice. And till the day before we were to have the ceremony, we were unsure and undecided on the choice. So in the end R came up with this fantastic idea of drawing a lot and letting the baby choose her name!

Amma made three chits with the names scribbled in it, put them in a bowl and took it to Namnam. With her tiny tender fingers, she gently moved a chit out of the lot as though signalling us of her choice :). She chose Namya :).

Funnily at the time of the ceremony, right before I was to whisper the name into her ears, I was seriously contemplating on calling her Pranati.ย  But as soon as I whispered Namya I felt just right and I somehow loved the way it sounded at that point of time. And ever since.

However the fact remains, as I realized soon enough, that no name escapes its fair share of mutilation! The simplest and the most uncomplicated of names can go through some torturous dismembering sometimes. If Deepti can become Tipti..Tripti..even Deepaat then Namya can easily become Naima…Ramiya..Navya…even Namita, right? Whats even worse, is when her class teacher at a function held recently in Namnam’s school, announces her name as “Namayya’..loud and clear into the mic for everyone to hear, mind you! I couldnt decide whether to cower under the chair or just pull my hair and scream out loud!

Anyway over the years I have found a nice saddistic way of dealing with such situations. Now whenever we witness Namnam’s name getting dissected, I shoot a glance at R to remind him of his choice of the name. And whenever her name is appreciated and received well, I gloat about how my daughter made the right choice in picking her name! Talk about giving credit where its due, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰


50 thoughts on “Naming Namnam..

  1. Lovely post ! ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to read R’s Mom’s post too after this ! ๐Ÿ˜€ i am amazed at the speed at which R’s Mom and Smitha churn out posts !!!! I m having a severe complex ๐Ÿ˜€

    I loved reading this post ! ๐Ÿ˜€ and I think I should do a post on junior too !!! maybe its a great way of registering the memories or else I might just forget them someday the rate at which I am forgetting things… ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. and that is not a long post ! so wrong alert !

      D: Aww!You’re my son afterall, you’ll only have only positive things to say about your mom ๐Ÿ˜€


    2. Oh please do please do, Hitchy! Would love to read about the story behind Junior’s name! And its been a while since you’ve written a post on him, isnt it? You know how good you are with words when you write about your experiences as a father, dont you? Do write Hitchoo! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. That is such a lovely account! And lol @ the last para, so typically womanish and I love your tactic ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And seriously Namya is such a sweet name! Short n sweet!


  3. So Namnam is a nickname and Namya is the real name ! I always thought it was Namnam and I kinda liked that one as much ๐Ÿ˜€

    sounded so very affectionate ! ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. hahahah! interesting eh?

    I love the name Namya..totally love it..its unique, easy to spell and easy to pronounce as well..

    LOL on R trying to bribe your parents hehehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    the best part, SHE selected it…I loved the name Pranati as well..Gah! Its difficult to choose between the two rey ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Love, love, love this post! Such cute story, Deeps!

    Namya is such a sweet name, and so is Namnam! And I love the way R did all his smart moving to get his name selected ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for ‘pranthi’ – that is quite a possibility – you never know what nicknames kids might come up with ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    As for name mutiliation, I am with you on that – all names can be mutilated -no matter what we do.

    Hugs to both of you! And special hugs to Namnam who chose her own name ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. “As for โ€˜pranthiโ€™ โ€“ that is quite a possibility โ€“ you never know what nicknames kids might come up with” Shudder to think about it, Smits!

      (((Hugs))) ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. A very beautiful post, loved the way you made Namnam choose her own name ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    Deciding on a name can be pretty difficult and having to change the one you’ve fallen in love with is very difficult indeed.
    Both Namya and Namnam are lovely, and very cute in their own way ๐Ÿ˜€


  7. Lovely lovely post, Deeps. Loved the story of how Namya chose her own name. ๐Ÿ™‚

    LOL @ R trying to please (read bribe) his parents and in-laws. So cute!

    And ROFL at the last para. My parents used to do that too, so I can relate. Whenever someone praised me, mom and dad would fight to say ‘My daughter did that!’and whenever I did something wrong, they would say ‘Your daughter did that!’ THe statements would conveniently change to their liking. ๐Ÿ™‚

    D: Hahaha!

    I am sorry you had to go through all that pain for 6 long years. We are kind of in the same boat now, so I know what you mean. I am glad you got a beautiful girl as a boon at the end of all that pain.

    D: Hugs, TGND! I am sure God has something wonderful in store for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Wishing you the very best ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Lovly post. We too had our son after a long time but we had decided on the names even before I conceived. And then I was afraid that it might be vetoed by the in laws, so what do I do? I get the birth certificate done before they arrive ๐Ÿ˜€


  9. the moment i saw your post title was NAMNAM,I came running here,oh Namnam is the best name in the world and you guys deserve an award for coming up with a name which warms up the heart the moment you hear it or say it….
    no one,and i mean no one can say Namnam and not feel warmth and love for the cutie pie
    Tons and tons and tons of hugs and love to Namnam ๐Ÿ™‚
    lovely post Deeps ๐Ÿ™‚


  10. Lovely post, Deepti! Now, like others I too feel like writing how I selected the names for my sons!

    Both Namya and Namnam are beautiful names. Both sound very close to the heart.

    I used to collect names from vividhbharathi’s farmaaish names! No computers in those days!

    Enjoyed reading this post, Deepti.


    1. Please do write! It would be wonderful to read about stories behind your sons’ names :). Waiting waiting!
      Never knew about vividhbharati’s farmaish names programme! Must have been quite an interesting one back then ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. LOL at Tipti and Deepaat. Cannot decide which one of them is better ๐Ÿ˜‰

    D: Grrr! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Namya is just the kind of name I like–easy on the tongue and with a beautiful meaning. And Namnam is such a sweet name too–kudos to R for thinking of it!!

    D: Goodness, now this man is going to walk around with a big halo around him after so many well-received comments about Namnam ! :/ ๐Ÿ˜€

    You’re right, almost every name is likely to be mauled beyond recognition by someone or the other–my own name has been mispronounced/mis-spelt on more occasions than I care to remember. It is bugging for sure.

    D: Your name too? Gosh how annoying it can be!


  12. Namya to Namayya!!! God!!
    Oh that’s nothing!! You should hear how twisted my name gets…. Ms Ashwathy becomes Mr Awasthi !! ๐Ÿ˜ Ashwathy is such a typical Kerala name…. and people here have not heard of anything but ‘Awasthi’. ๐Ÿ™„ Sigh! I still fight with my mom for the kind of random spelling she gave me! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I love this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs!! Just like that!


  13. I luvvv both ‘Namya’ and ‘Namnam’ And I loved how u left it to her to choose her name ๐Ÿ˜‰ Super-awesome ๐Ÿ™‚
    LOL … u r a really smart credit-giver Deeps ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›


  14. Lovely post Deeps!!! great reading on how u, R and Namanam chose the name ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Its quite a enjoyable process, rt?? ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  15. Lovely post, Deeps.I can totally relate to it.. Anahata was born after 5 years into our marriage and quite a few gods and godesses were prayed to too. We somehow always felt that it would be a boy( God knows why !) and had selected prahlaad , but no name for a girl.We were thrilled when the baby turned out to be a girl.Its a lot more interesting to dress lil girls ;-).We had not decided the name even the night before the naming ceremony. What ever i liked , chap didnt like and vice versa. I loved Manasa , but the chap vetoed it.. then grandparents had their own lists .. After breaking our heads on almost 100 names, we finally we decided on Anahata because both chap and I loved the meaning. Like you even a few hours before the ceremony we were in two minds.. anyway , after all this hullabaloo , we call the lil one all kinds of random names.. most common being “baby” !! So much for all the drama ..


  16. LOVELY read!! And Wow the meaning of Namya is so nice! It takes so much effort to name the child. And you reached a very good one. ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. Interesting story behind naming kutty ๐Ÿ™‚ you’ve heard the story behind chirp’s name,haven’t you?

    okay tell me how exactly it should be pronounced เคจเคฎเฅเคฏ OR เคจเคฎเฅเคฏเคพ…

    needless to mention I love her name…and the meaning is just so wow! of course the CREDIT GOES TO R ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› yeah yeah the credit is being given in capitals ๐Ÿ˜›


  18. I think this is a task in itself with so many books and online sites available. You did a great job with the name though. It is unique and has a nice ring to it. ๐Ÿ™‚


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