Back in June 2005 Collin and I had a meeting with our Priest to discuss the details of our August wedding. Since we had just moved up here and I was not yet a member of the church we also took care of that technicality. With my new membership the church gave me a welcome package that included the most recent church directory that included the names and pictures of all its members. When we got home that afternoon I sat down with the directory and started looking at names. Particularly, kids names. As I ran across one that was unique or caught my attention I would yell out to Collin – “What do you think of (fill in the blank)?” I don’t remember any of the names in particular I found in the directory but I do remember about half way through Collin yelled back from the opposite side of the apartment “What do you think of Keaton?” (Pronounced like Michael Keaton or Diane Keaton)
Keaton….hmmm…I let it roll around in my mind and tested it out by whispering it to myself…..Keaton. "Yay! I like that." I yelled back.
And so it was. The name of our first born son would be Keaton. When we told people about our name choice back in 2005 the response was always the same – you’ll change your mind before then. But we didn’t. He was, he always has been, Keaton.
The middle name did change a little along the way. Our original plan was to use Andrew as Keaton’s middle name. Andrew is Collin’s middle name. But around the time we started trying in earnest to conceive I ran a new option by Collin.
“What do you think about using Bruske as a middle name for Keaton?” I asked one day as we were running errands around town. Collin thought about it for a moment and then smiled “Yay” He said. “He’ll be a stud in college.”
See Bruske is pronounced like the beer, Brewski. But we aren’t that awful. Yes, we live in Wisconsin. Yes, people drink a lot of beer up here. But no, we would never name a child after an alcoholic beverage. Bruske is Collin’s mom’s maiden name. Because there were only two girls in her family the family name will not be carried on. We thought this would be a good way to honor the name, to let it be carried on. Also, he’ll be a stud in college.