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  1. At 1:04pm today, my wife gave birth to our second child, and son, Owen Michael. He weighed in at 8lbs and 3oz and is 22 inches long. It was a long labor but he came out happy and healthy. We're really excited and wanted to share the good news. Seems to be as good a thing to blog about as any. :)

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    2. Job


      Jaxxoon R said:

      Good luck with the wee bab.

      The name Owen never used to pop up so often, is it just one of those names that fell out of favor until recently?

      I can't stand the trend of "____en/in/yn" names that's cropped up lately. Seems like there's a lot of unoriginal parents out there. Sadly, these poor kids might have cute names when they're young, but IMO, those names are also hard to grow into as an adult.

      Anyway, according to the hospital staff that helped us, they haven't heard of too many children named Owen as of late, so I guess we hit a slow time for this name, which was the goal. They lamented my point above about the quality of names lately, interestingly enough. Anyway, we named our son Owen because it's actually the maiden name of my grandmother going back several generations (to Scotland, if Ancestry.com is to be believed). We liked that it was interesting enough on its own, not super-common and had a special meaning to us. After we sort of decided to go with it, we "shopped" for names for another week or two but to no avail. Owen it was.

      One thing that pissed me off was the wife had eventually announced our unborn son and shared the name we gave him. One of the older ladies she worked with blabbed to her daughter who then promptly took the name we chose for our son and gave it to her own son who had a 2 month jump on us. I know it's not "our" name but we thought of it first and it actually had meaning...you know, instead of a name you borrowed from a co-worker. So, there's another Owen out there in the metro-area whose story of how he was named isn't particularly illustrious. I had gained a new sympathy for George Costanza with the whole Seven debacle.

    3. BigDickBzzrak


      Job said:

      I can't stand the trend of "____en/in/yn" names that's cropped up lately.

      B-b-but... Owen... you can't stand our own son's name?

    4. Job


      Well, in the strictest sense, you'd be right. But it's not an "original" alternative spelling. At least I didn't go full hipster and use the Celtic (I think) spelling, Eowen.