[tpm] Hello Perlers, The Phoebe has arrived

J. Bobby Lopez jbl at jbldata.com
Sun Feb 24 09:16:40 PST 2013

I had thoughts on naming her something 'perl' related, but had to 
compromise with my wife ;)  So starting the name with P had to suffice ;)

The name 'Phoebe' has a lot of meaning to us.  For one, as you said 
Shlomi, it's the name of one of our favourite character on Friends.

It's also the name of the region where my mother was born, Miss Phoebe, 
Port Mourant, Guyana.

We've thought about several names, most of them were not very common, 
such as Dilana, Mistique, etc.  But Phoebe seemed to be most well rounded.

We were considering the number of syllables in the name, trying to make 
it easy to say and flow.  Two syllables like 'Bobby' seemed to become a 

We also wanted the full name to flow well, like Cellar Door: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellar_Door, so we made sure that the 
vowels in the first, middle, and last names complimented each other, so 
that you could essentially say the full name without skipping a beat.  
For example I would sometimes pronounce it "PhoebIsabelLopez" 
(Febeezabellopez).  This shortly ended up becoming "Fizzy" as a nickname :)

We also wanted the name to be easy to play with in written form, to do 
things like using the 'P' in Lopez to write Phoebe going downward (like 
in a crossword puzzle).

It's actually very difficult to pick a name that will seem to work well 
in the long run.  You can easily get into a rut trying to think of all 
the reasons why a name _will not_ work.  Luckily we had settled on the 
decision before she was born :)

Isabelle could have just as easily been 'Isabella' as my 4yr old nice 
likes to pronounce it.   But we chose that one because it was the name 
of another favourite character, and it also allowed us to be a bit 
playful with the name.  For example 'Phoebe is a Belle" as in 

Anyway, thanks for asking, it's actually nice to be able to share the 
reasoning behind the name!

On 13-02-24 05:38 AM, Shlomi Fish wrote:
> Hi Bobby,
> On Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:12:52 -0500
> "J. Bobby Lopez" <jbl at jbldata.com> wrote:
>> My daughter, Phoebe Isabelle Lopez was born on Jan 28th, 2013!
>> I figure I had to do the needful, and write a blog post about the
>> arrival of our new bundle of joy, so here it is :
>> http://www.jbldata.com/please-join-us-in-welcoming-the-newest-member-of-our-family/
> Mazal Tov! :-)
> Just out of curiosity - why was she called "Phoebe"? As opposed to Uri, I think
> it's a lovely name, and naturally reminds me of
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoebe_Buffay from the T.V. show Friends.
> Regards,
> 	Shlomi Fish

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