I Named My Baby After Mr. Darcy

One of the most common questions we've gotten since Darcy's birth is whether or not we named him after Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

The answer is... kinda?

Originally, the name Darcy was just one of over 30 names on a list that we compiled after going through a baby name book. I was really surprised that Ryan liked the name, but didn't think much about it. But then as we progressively crossed our least favorite names off of the list, Darcy was still there. We each chose our top 5 names, and Darcy was one of Ryan's picks.

So I started thinking about it more.

Mr. Darcy is not painted in a good light for the first half of the novel, but that's Elizabeth Bennet's perspective of him. And she finds out that she's completely wrong.

Darcy is honest to a fault, which is why some of his comments are received rudely. He is smart and quick-witted, which is why Elizabeth is such a good match for him in the end. He goes to great lengths to right his wrongs. He is compassionate, kind, and generous. He is reserved and fiercely loyal to his friends and family.

Is Mr. Darcy perfect? No. But our little Darcy isn't perfect either.

Time will tell if our little Darcy shares any of these characteristics. Or if anyone from his generation even recognizes the name. Hopefully Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Bridget Jones's Diary have both fallen out of popularity by that point. I know I'll certainly be impressed at any young lady who recognizes the reference, whether it comes from reading the classics or from watching a film adaptation.

Our weekly photo series - inspired by Young House Love

We will repeat the Tugboat blanket from Week 0 periodically. But I wanted to keep most of the backdrops neutral, so that I wouldn't end up over-analyzing and pre-planning his outfits and blankets to get just the perfect mix of colors. Ain't nobody got time for that!