Over the past two years, I have been following a few mommy bloggers and I’ve come to notice something: rarely do they refer to their children by their real names. I would say that 99% of the time this is to conceal the identity of their offspring and protect them from the worldwide web. However, in the few posts I’ve written so far, I can see other purposes: convenience, ease of writing, and ease of reading. I quite like the use of nicknames for little ones in real life and have enjoyed reading all about Maman Loup’s Cub and Little Miss Cub, This West Coast Mommy’s Tee and Kay, and The Monarch Mommy’s The Heir and Petit Prince. So it got me thinking, what will I call my bébé in this blogosphere? What kind of alias can I give him to keep him safe on the Internet? And then it occurred to me – HE NEEDS A TRAIL NAME!
See, other mothers give their children a new identity based on things like their own alias (as in Maman Loup’s or The Monarch Mommy’s cases), the first letters of their names (as This West Coast Mommy does), or simply their birth order (like Conservamom and the Spray Pal family). But the world of hiking already has it’s own nicknaming system: the trail name. What is a trail name? Why, it’s exactly what it sounds like: a name you go by on the trail.
Trail names are most often used by those who are thru-hiking a long trail (think Pacific Crest Trail) but who says we day-hikers can’t have them too? Some people are given trail names by others and some choose them for themselves. But in just about every case, a trail name is based on who you are on the trail, a little nod to your personality, appearance, or experience on the trail.
My husband and I have had a few conversations about trail names and very quickly came up with one for each other. In every group of friends I’ve ever had I take on the mom role (you know, packing extra Band-Aids, making all the plans, being the mature one, ha ha), so it’s fitting that I would be “Maman” – and that’s part of where the name for this blog comes from. As for the husband, he’s the one who’s always falling behind because he has to stop and read every. single. word. on. every. single. interpretive. sign. and so we decided “Bookworm” was a fitting trail name for him. Now, Maman and Bookworm also have a wee little son who is only a few months old and has just a smidgen of a personality shining through. This makes choosing a trail name difficult. We came up with a few and tried them out a couple of times, but nothing is sticking just yet. That’s where I came up with the genius idea to crowdsource the naming of our child!
Here are a few facts and figures that may help you come up with a trail name for our little boy:
- born on a Sunday in December
- top percentile for height and weight (a.k.a. a big baby!)
- squeaks and sighs all the time, since day one, and especially while hiking
- is rather chill and happy-go-lucky, even becoming a little goofy
- looks like his daddy (apparently…)
- and bonus: is being raised bilingual (French-English) so if the name is either bilingual or French, that’s even cooler!