This is the first set of games in our Baby Chan Name Bracket tournament. Hurray!
In the "BIBLICAL" region, number 1 seed Zion faces 16 Abner, and in the "VANILLA" region, number 1 seed Griffin faces 16 Dawson.
Gar - I like both number 1 seeds a lot; the name "Zion" is representative of a complex spiritual idea, the convergence of a spiritual hope and homeland. It's mentioned 166 times in the Bible, even more than the 161 times the word "hope" is. And Griffin? Well, it's a "G" name (three generations of men in my family including myself have first names that begin with "G") and it's a mythical beast that's half-eagle, half-lion. So cool.
Siobhan - I think we might have an upset in the "Vanilla" region. Who cares about a half-eagle, half-lion creature, Dawson has his own creek. Plus he can find a life lesson in any Spielberg film. That is a skill. As far as Abner, it means "father of lights" in Hebrew. He was also commander-in-chief of Saul's army. Strong, capable leaders are chosen to be in that position. Woohoo for strength and creeks!
Gar - Yeah, Dawson might have his own creek... BUT HE LOST THE GIRL! I don't want my son to be named after a dude who can't get with the love of his life. Plus, Dawson happens to be really close to Dawkins, the name of a famous atheist - one who is notorious for his condescending attitude toward people of all faiths. And while I have nothing against Abner, it's just not as cool as Zion. Plus, Zion starts with the letter "Z"! The most under-used letter in the alphabet next to X.
Siobhan - People will not relate Dawson with Dawkins at first glimpse. They will think about how awesome the name is and they should have named their child Dawson too. As far as Zion, it just so happens that Bob Marley has a song, Iron, Lion, Zion that Garrett likes. Reggae music is inspirational, but Bob Marley is not the stand-up role model that I want my son to look up to. I can hear our son saying that if Bob can smoke the ganja, then why can't I?