Francie Sugar and her great granny, Sugar (3 days old)
Can I tell you a secret? Human and I only discussed name options for our babe 1 month before her due date! People asked us for months during my pregnancy if we had name options and I know that they thought we were lying when we said that we haven’t even discussed it but it was the truth. The reason: well, that’s where the lie came in: we told people we thought 9 months was too long to keep discussing one thing especially since we didn’t know if we were expecting a girl or boy – this is true, but we were also worried that we would’t agree on a name!
So come February we decided that we would have to start the discussion. What we had decided by this time was that we wanted to have family names. This may sound easy but Human is Afrikaans and I am English so the combination of family names could be pretty disastrous. We planned our discussion – we went for breakfast (neutral territory) and each took a list of our family names.
From then, naming Francie Sugar was easy. Franice is Human’s maternal grandmother’s name and Sugar is my maternal grannies nickname. When each name came up, we both loved it and it was that easy. i actually felt silly for over reacting about it and worrying that we’d never find a name.
I love that she is named after some of our favourite people. We both have the best memories of our grannies; reading stories, spending holidays with them, cooking, farm life.
As for Sugar – people may think it is unusual, along the lines of Apple or some strange celebrity name. But I think its wonderful, there is no one I’d rather name my baby girl after than my granny. Someone once said something great about second names: they told me that second names aren’t a given about a person, it’s a secret that you find out about them once you get to know them. Or it’s that thing that you reveal when you want to share something unique about yourself. I love that Francie’s second name has a great story: it’s her great granny’s name and the amount of crazy stories that we can share about her will provide endless love and entertainment. I hope that she she has Sugar’s strength, love and strong will, care and fun spirit. She may also inherit Sugar’s tendency to suffer from FOMO, but she’ll admit it and laugh about it and that’s okay with me.