If I had quadruplets

I’m probably destined to be a single mom by choice, just as I planned to be at twelve years old. By and large, men just aren’t interested in me as more than a buddy, one of the guys, and no one has approached me since I ended my dead-end, dysfunctional relationship with my ex. Due to my age, I’m more likely to have naturally-conceived multiples. For years, I’ve also had a recurring dream about having quadruplets. A few times, I dreamt about quints, and once I even dreamt about septuplets.

I respect that other people may feel differently, but I know I personally wouldn’t selectively reduce if I were having quads (obviously barring a legit medical reason). I feel that the longterm outcomes for quads are pretty good, esp. with a great perinatologist. I’m not so sure about quints, but I definitely know I’d selectively reduce anything above quints to triplets.

If I had quads (which I’m not actively wishing for!), this is what I’d name them (Hebrew names in parentheses):

Samuel Aleksey William (Shmuel Velvel)
Peter Aleksandr Jerome (Yehudah Leib)
Theodore David (Ezra David)
Timothy Edgar, Harold James, or James Harold (Omri Daniel)

Anastasiya Alice (Alizah Miriam)
Cecilia Echo (Kochava Rachel)
Octavia Quintessa (Ora Yocheved)
Tatyana Helena (Avira Michal)

Samuel Aleksey William (Shmuel Velvel)
Peter Aleksandr Jerome (Yehudah Leib)
Anastasiya Alice (Alizah Miriam)
Cecilia Echo (Kochava Rachel)

Samuel Aleksey William (Shmuel Velvel)
Anastasiya Alice (Alizah Miriam)
Cecilia Echo (Kochava Rachel)
Xanthe Mirsada (Rachel Noa)

Anastasiya Alice (Alizah Miriam)
Samuel Aleksey William (Shmuel Velvel)
Peter Aleksandr Jerome (Yehudah Leib)
Theodore David (Ezra David)

Samuel is after Samuel the Prophet, Mark Twain (né Samuel Clemens), Samuel P. Gompers, and Shemp Howard (né Samuel Horwitz). Aleksey is of course after the last Tsesarevich of Russia, and happens to be my favoritest Russian male name anyway. William was my uncle’s middle name, is the middle name of my surviving grandpap, and was the first name of a number of my male antecedents. There was at least one Wilhelm in there too.

Anastasiya has long been my favoritest female name, and I damn well deserve to claim it after waiting so long to have kids (if I have kids). I don’t care if anyone else thinks it’s pretentious or a mouthful. At least it’s original. Alice was my great-grandma’s name, and her mother’s name.

Peter has long been my next-favorite male name. It’s just so cute, classic, and versatile. Aleksandr is after Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, my favorite writer and one of my heroes (may his memory be for a blessing). Jerome was Curly Howard’s real name, and finding out Curly had a real-life limp was a huge shot of self-confidence after I was left with a limp of my own. His Hebrew name was Yehudah Leib.

I’ve always adored the name Theodore, and the cute nickname Teddy. It would be after Teddy Roosevelt, of course, and Theodor Herzl. David is also a name I’ve always loved, in spite of its massive overuse.

I’ve grown very fond of the name Tatyana because of the character in my Russian historicals. I’ve been with her since she was in utero, and it’s been so special to me to watch her going from birth to a married mother over all these years. Of all my characters whom I’ve been with since birth and watching growing up, I think I feel the most emotional towards sweet little Tanya. She’s named for Grand Duchess Tatyana Nikolayevna, who was the most popular grand duchess in her lifetime but now seems rather brushed aside by those into late Imperial Russian history.

I love the name Harold both because of Harold Lloyd and King Harold of England (ca. 1022–14 October 1066). Harold Lloyd was a fellow burn survivor and lefty, even though he was left-handed through accident and not birth. His determination to keep his acting career going in spite of his injuries and long healing process is a big inspiration to me. I’ve also always been moved by the panel of the Bayeux Tapestry, with the proclamation, “Here sits Harold, King of the English.” The people knew who their king was, even under foreign occupation.

The other names I just like.


3 thoughts on “If I had quadruplets

  1. I’m curious how the Hebrew names work. Are they part of a person’s legal name, or is it a designated name for religious purposes? And do you usually spell them in their transliterated version? I have to admit, I find I generally prefer reading them in Hebrew. There is less pronunciation challenges in that language than in English. The English “ch” throws me at times. 🙂

    • For very religious folks, the Hebrew name is one and the same as the legal name. For most people, though, the Hebrew name is only used in religious settings (e.g., being called to the Torah, in the prayer for healing, at Hebrew school, when studying in Israel). There are a few different transliteration systems, though some names can be written either way (e.g., Alizah/Aliza, Sara/Sarah, Chanah/Chana, Maytal/Meital). It mostly boils down to what the person is most familiar with seeing, or what looks more aesthetically pleasing.

      • I still think they look best in the original Hebrew characters. But then, most people can’t read them that way. 🙂
        Thank you for explaining this. That must be an interesting experience, for a child, to be raised with so many names.

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