We’ve named our little baby boy: Babel (pronounced “BAH-buhl”).
“Babel” means a confused mixture of sounds and voices, especially in different languages. It originates from the ‘Tower of Babel’ in the Bible, a tower built in an attempt to reach heaven. God made the builders all speak different languages in an effort to confuse them and stop them from finishing the tower to reach heaven. He wanted to enforce his command for humanity to spread throughout the entire world instead.
Yasu came up with the name almost three years ago, and the second he suggested it I absolutely adored it. I can still remember the moment, I came home to our little American studio apartment, saw him sitting on the bed and he said: “What do you think of Babel as a name for our baby?” I was utterly in love with it, instantly. We pronounce it the Dutch way, not the English way (“Bay-buhl”). We prefer the sound of the name in Dutch and this way the baby would have a Dutch first name and a Japanese last name. We decided right there and then that our firstborn, boy or girl, would be named Babel Kotera. And now he is!
Yasu’s inspiration came from a video game named ‘Tower of Babel’ he used to play as a young boy, and had recently remembered and watched a video of on Youtube. At some point, he realized it was a great name for a baby and the name’s meaning would make it even more perfect for a child going to be raised trilingually and on different continents of our earth. I completely agreed and I also love the fact that Yasu came up with it.
We kept Babel’s name a secret ever since we decided upon it, because we wanted to keep it special. More than 10 years ago, even though we were nowhere near ready to have children then, we already had some baby names we loved. We made the mistake of sharing these names with my mother, who then proceeded to make our baby names her passwords for any and every kind of online service she subscribed to, and they still are today. For us, this didn’t just take the shine out of names that were once very special to us, it is also kind of offensive to me to name our child after something as ordinary and dull as online passwords. I think we’re safe from the same happening now that I’ve shared this little anecdote on the internet. Because if she changes her online passwords to our baby’s actual name now, her online accounts are going to be way too easy to hack. Be warned, Moem ;).