Baby Needs a Trail Name (Take 2)

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If you’ve spent any time at all following my family, then you’ll know Huckleberry the Trail Kid! Well, he’s got a new little brother now and I’m so over calling him “Trail Baby 2” – so let’s come up with a trail name for this new little explorer!

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Three years ago, when Huckleberry was a nameless Trail Baby, I wrote my 3rd ever blog post and asked all of you (or you know, the 3 family members, 2 friends, and 1 random stranger that were reading my blog at the time) to help me come up with a trail name for him.

There are plenty of blogger & social media parents, like myself, who choose not to use their children’s real names on the internet. Instead of coming up with just a plain old nickname, I thought it would be fun to tap into the hiking culture that I strive to be a part of, and use a 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 – you know, like how Cheryl Strayed was “Queen of the PCT”) 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.

Way back at the beginning of all of this, my husband and I had a few conversations about trail names and very quickly came up with one for each other.

Baby Needs a Trail Name 2_3 (mother and toddler standing on a sandy beach)

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.

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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.

So, we’ve got Maman on the Trail, Bookworm the Trail Dad, (a crowd-sourced) Huckleberry the Trail Kid (né Trail Baby), and now…

Baby Needs a Trail Name 2 (hello my name is) - mamanonthetrail.com

________________ the Trail Baby! (Fill-in-the-blank style…and go!)

Here are a few facts and figures that may help you come up with a trail name for our new little boy:

  • born on a Friday in October
  • 2nd child, 2nd son
  • top percentile for height, but weighs much less than his big bro did
  • is so freakin’ happy all the time – like uncannily so!
  • is much darker than Huckleberry (hair & eyes)
  • wiggles NONSTOP
  • and bonus: is being raised bilingual (French-English) so if the name is either bilingual or French, that’s even cooler!

So what do you think his trail name should be? Post your ideas in the comment section below! And watch out for the big reveal when we choose the best one…

Baby Needs a Trail Name 2_2 (mother hiking with baby in carrier)

35 thoughts on “Baby Needs a Trail Name (Take 2)

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  2. Julia

    Because of his height/length Jack is fitting as in Jack and the Beanstalk or the French translation of Jacques which according to google has origins which translates as “one who follows” or “to follow after”.

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  3. Linda Levasseur

    Gosh I thought you had a girl… A boy I’d go with Hunter…. Aurora for your next one… A girl. Haha

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  4. Amanda H

    To match the literature theme, how about Nutkin (after Beatrix Potter’s squirell) or Roo from A A Milne’s Winnue the Pooh. I also thought about Joey, a baby marsupial.

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  5. Elske

    Salal! (Or Sal for short).
    It’s a dark blue/purple berry that tastes sweet and earthy. The bushes are the quintessential coastal plant where we live (BC), but can be found growing under conifer forests anywhere from California to Alaska.
    Usually in season around the same time as huckleberries.

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  6. Krista

    Going with the berry theme … Yewberry or Lingonberry or Cloudberry?

    Or my google translate says Huckleberry in French is Airelle. Another option!

    Or how about Sourire?

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