This post is a long time coming. Fynnock is 5 months old and I haven’t written down where his name came from, so I figured it was about time I did that.
All of our kids have names from movies or books and Fynnocks is no different. We debated on names a ton with him but I kept going back to Fynnock. I loved the name and it fit with everything I had been wanting in a name for years.
I’ve been in love with the name Fin since The Notebook, Fin is the name of the character who is Noah’s best friend. We never used the name because it was too common and I have a thing about naming our kids one syllable names. Finn was actually on of the names we had talked about naming Tayton. It was at the top of my list for most of my pregnancy and we debated on other ways to use the name and make it more than one syllable, but nothing sounded good at all. So the name got taken off the list.
Then enter Hunger Games and a character named Finnick. I remember saying to Noah after I read Catching Fire that I wish that book had come out when I was pregnant with Tayton because I loved that unique way of adding on to Fin, but I knew Taytons name was supposed to be Tayton so it wouldn’t have mattered if I knew about Finnick then. It seemed almost like fate that the book came out after Tayton was born because the name was not meant for him but for a different little name.
I absolutely fell in love with that name and with the character. The character of Finnick was one of my favorite from the book. I loved how brave he was and how selfless he was. I loved that no matter what he went through he never lost who he was and never gave up on the love of his life. His courage and will to give up everything for others made him one of my favorite characters ever. I sobbed like a baby when he died in the book and mourned his death for days.
Now enter my 5th pregnancy. Here we are having a fourth boy and in the years since we had our last boy we had compiled a huge, long list of boy names we loved. We always joked that we would need a ton of pets to use all the names we loved, but now we were having another boy and we could use the names. The hard part would be narrowing the list down to one.
I saw Mockingjay in the theaters shortly after I found our I was pregnant with our little boy. I sobbed when Finnick died and felt an overwhelmingly powerful feeling that the little man I was carrying inside of me was supposed to be named Finnick. I came home and told Noah and lets just say he wasn’t as sold on the name as I was. When we were in the doctor’s office getting the ultrasound we had talked about the name Gadston and that was the name he was sticking with. I was not so sold on that name anymore because we were getting ready to move to Alabama and I thought it might be weird to name our baby after a town in Alabama (that we had no ties too) when we lived in Alabama.
Our list continued to grow. Anything and everything we heard that either one of us liked went on the list. Hotchnar (Criminal Minds), Baker (The family from Cheaper by the Dozen), Brosnan (James Bond), Connery (James Bond), Lochner (Criminal Minds), Dawson (The Best of Me | This was top of also my list for a while, since Noah didn’t like Fynnock), and about 50 different Irish names that we loved. No matter what we added to the list, I still was set on Finnick, but Noah wasn’t. I showed it to him spelled using y’s and o’s (The letters we used in our kids names): Fynnock, he came around a little bit but he still kept adding names onto the list.
I have had Grady picked out for years, I fell in love with the name because of a character from Fried Green Tomatoes but it never felt right with any of our other boys. It was brought up with every boy we had but we never used it. This time we actually left our littlest mans middle name up to the rest of the kids and didn’t give them any help. They came to use with silly names like Cookie, Candy, and Hot dog. We finally told them to start paying attention to names from movies, or people they met.
Shortly after that we go the movie Jurassic World on DVD and they became obsessed with the movie, watching it over and over again. It was then that they all said they wanted the name Grady or Owen from the character Owen Grady. We had some friends who just had a baby and named him Owen so they settled on Grady. So it was perfect. I cried when they told us they wanted his middle name to be Grady because that’s what Noah and I wanted. We also wanted his middle name to be Irish, but since we left it up to the kids we didn’t really have control over that. When they told us his middle name we knew it was a match made in Heaven. We had the middle name of Grady from early on and so everything we picked for his first name had to match up with Grady. I struggled for a bit because I really wanted his name to come from a book or movie like the rest of the kids but I just couldn’t sell Noah on the name Fynnock. Anytime we talked about names I brought it up to him and he would bring up some reason he didn’t want it. “It is from a really popular movie.” “I’m just not sure, I think people might think it’s too common.” “What if people call him Fynn?” All of his reasons started to wear on my confidence and I started to question whether or not that was his name. I called him Fynnock in my head anytime he kicked me or woke me up at night, so to me he was already Fynnock but if I couldn’t get Noah to go with that name then I better stop calling him that.
Noah just kept saying he needed a sign. My brother jokingly sent him a picture of Finnick Odair from Hunger Games and told him there was his sign, what more could he want? It became a running joke among our family and friends. Everyone knew I wanted Finnick and they all loved the name but Noah wasn’t on board. When I finally went in to have our little guy we still didn’t have a name. I was so stressed out about it. I kept praying that Noah would get his sign or that if his name was supposed to be something different that I would get my sign. Literally 10 minutes before he came out, The Notebook came on the TV. So there I am, laboring and crying through my contractions and trying to focus on something (The Notebook), watching my favorite movie with my Noah and Fin in it. I felt like we couldn’t get more of a sign than that, but then the heavens opened up and the ultimate sign was given. I kid you not, the second I pushed him out a preview for Hunger Games Catching Fire came on the TV right in front of my face, I seriously chuckled out loud as they rested him on my lap because I was watching Finnick on the TV as they laid my Fynnock on my chest. It was like he was giving us a sign himself. Mom, Dad, do you need any more proof that my name is Fynnock? It was seriously the most sureal experience. All this time Noah had been asking for a sign and all this time I had been praying for a sign, and there is was, shining brightly on the television set right in front of us. The two movies that gave us the name Fynnock were right there playing as our little name was entering the world. Noah looked at me after the chaos had died down and with tears streaming down his face he said “His name is Fynnock Grady”. It was a beautiful moment for both of us and just like that we had the name for our sweet little surprise baby boy. Fynnock Grady could not be a more fitting name for him. I still love all the other names we came up with but I have no doubt in my mind that his name is supposed to be Fynnock Grady. He has developed a lot of nicknames in his few short months on this earth. Fynno, Fynnie, Fynno da minnow, Fynnie G, Minnow, Fynnie Foo Foo, FGJ, and other adorable names. Aowyn gave him the adorable nickname of Fynno Da Minnow and its so popular that everyone calls him Fynno Da Minnow or just Minnow. I can see him playing sports one day as this huge beast of a boy with the name Minnow on the back of his jersey. It makes me smile.
And even though Hunger Games is a popular book and movie, so far only 2 people have known where we got the name. I guess our fears of everyone knowing his name and where it came from were completely unwarranted.
You can see Fynnocks birth story here:
And his Photo Shoot here: