It’s official, he’s now registered as Alexander Robert Holmes. It does seem strange that you don’t need to take any forms of ID with you to the registry office when you need 3 recent utility bills, a driver’s license and your grandmother’s passport to obtain a video club card these days.
Gone is the opportunity to call him ‘Apollo’, which I quite liked, but with his surname would have made him sound a bit too much like a double glazing company. I also liked Robin (or Robyn for a girl) but that would have made them sound a bit of scally (think about it). Would his life be any different as Apollo? Well maybe; Madonna, Prince and Tiger were christened as such but then again maybe they are other people out there called Jesus, Princess and Leopard who never achieved anything because they were mercilessly teased by school-mates.
When Maria was born we were considering Harry Robert although Catriona had reservations about his initials (I thought it would be cool). Friends of ours had 3 names for each sex so that they could make up their mind after baby had arrived – they called their girl Anwen – obviously they had more imagination than us and we had just one name in mind for a boy. He’s actually quite lucky because when I was just under 3 I wanted to christen my Sister ‘Moses’, and I believe my Granddad named a kitten Moses to satisfy my desire for the name. Of course I now realise this would have been a daft name for a girl.
We were looking for a name that almost everyone can spell (someone has already asked if it’s Alexander with an ‘er’ and I can’t imagine how else it would be spelt) and a name that is timeless, or rather, not too fashionable at this moment in time.
So Alexander Robert it is, or ‘Aggis’ to his little Sister.