On the Announcement of Kids’ Names

Paolo and I didn’t even talk about names before the babies arrived. I really didn’t feel like it was right to assign names and then just plug in kids, so I never brought it up; I imagine he felt the same, because he didn’t either.

Once the first kid was born, we batted some ideas around, and then even more when the second came out, but it wasn’t until the final kid was born that we really felt it was time to get serious.

Paolo immediately suggested “Pinta” for Pasqualina’s girl because around here, they say something is “pinta” when it looks stained or tinted. Indeed, she does sort of look like someone threw a bucket of paint on her.

So when he said Pinta, I said, “What about Nina for Carmelina’s girl?”

He nodded and smiled, and I burst out laughing, because, I kid you not (hah!) we live in the zone of Santa Maria here in the village. (Zones are named after the churches located in them.)

Paolo agreed that was also perfect, and the name of the boy was obvious at that point.

Meet Colombo:

Colombo, of course, is Christopher Columbus‘s last name in Italian.


Don’t you just love the Italian-American connection as well?

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18 Responses to “On the Announcement of Kids’ Names”
  1. 03.24.2010

    I just want to come to your house and snuggle with the babies! β™₯ them and their names.

    I wish everyone could come for snuggles! They’d love it πŸ™‚


  2. Eric

    I love it! Nina, Pinta and Colombo — all living it Santa Maria. That is indeed perfetto!

    Hee hee…I love that all of that occurred to us in the matter of a minute, too. Like it really was just meant to be πŸ™‚


  3. 03.24.2010

    I think the names are absolutely perfect!

    Thanks Kalee! I just love calling them πŸ˜€


  4. 03.24.2010

    Wonderful names for what I’m sure are going to be wonderful kids. Columbo will have his work cut out for him surrounded by all these girls! Hope all is continuing to well with the moms and babies.

    So true about Colombo! It’s funny because we even have two girl DOGS πŸ˜‰


  5. 03.24.2010


    I thought you’d enjoy, Diana πŸ˜€


  6. sarasophia

    lol. Plus, cute overload! We call it a kitty “loaf” when the cat tucks all of his legs under like that. Baby goat loafs – how can you resist just scooping them up and cuddling them?

    It’s not easy, believe me!


  7. 03.24.2010

    They are so cute, I could DIE. OMG congratulations on your new kids!!

    Thanks Gina!


  8. 03.24.2010

    I went and started a relationship with a lamb this afternoon. I must have been too envious.

    Well, I just hope you know what you’re getting yourself into, Judith….


  9. 03.24.2010

    Oh so,so,so cute I want a cuddle! I love the names !!!

    These kids are getting lots of cuddles…and I tell them who they’re coming from too, so I’ll pass some along from you today πŸ™‚


  10. Beth

    Love, LOVE the names! Sarah agrees, saying that they’re ‘awesome’! SO wish I could come snuggle with the kids – guess you’ll just have to do it for me :o)

    Believe me, will do Beth πŸ™‚


  11. 03.25.2010

    OMG. How perfect is that? You are TOO much. I love it!

    Thanks for coming over, Ninotchka πŸ˜€


  12. 03.25.2010

    Those names are so perfect….they fit the kids perfectly!
    Congrats again and keep those pictures coming. Wish I could visit!

    I’ll give them huggies for you, Susan!


  13. 03.25.2010

    Love the babies’ names!!! just met a woman yesterday who keeps sheep and she was so excited to learn about your girls and their kids. She’ll be a new fan at GoatBerries for sure.

    Cool! Thanks Carol! Hope all is going well πŸ™‚


  14. Gil

    I love the Calabrian scientific method!

    Haha, I love that Paolo is into Columbus’s ships as much as I am! πŸ˜‰


  15. 03.25.2010

    What a JOY! And yes, perfectly named!

    Thanks Marnie!


  16. Joanna


    Thanks πŸ˜€


  17. 03.25.2010

    I’ve been so out of the loop I didn’t know about the new blog. Love it! And the kids are truly adorable!! My daughter is partial to Pinta. Complimenti Nonnina!!

    Grazie! It’s certainly an adventure πŸ™‚


  18. 12.31.2010

    I love the names and of course I love the Italian-American connection! Btw, this is where I go for my daily dose of cute πŸ™‚

    Aw thanks so much Francesca πŸ™‚


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