I'd like to solicit some opinions on the matter of my dear second-born son's name.
His full name is Samuel. It took us some time to arrive at this decision three days after he himself had arrived. The actual decision had something to do with a dead fish but I'll spare you the details.
Sam. I liked it from the start, such a strong and solid-sounding name. But the trouble with the name is in the way most Americans pronounce it -- so that it rhymes with Man or Ran. To my dear Swiss German husband it sounds like fingernails on the chalkboard and he exaggerates the worst American twang to get the point across anytime I let go of my vowels.
So here's the thing: Nik has taken to referring to our little strong, solid man as Sami -- complete with the umlaut over the A (which I can't figure out how to do in Blogger), which he hopes will encourage people to use the short A sound. But I am not one who typically goes in for stylizing names with all kinds of extra i's and y's and e's and this is dangerously close.
So what do you think? Does it work? Is it a little too weird? Or is it weird in a cool way? How will it change his life to go through it as a Sami rather than a Sammy or a Sam?