While I am sort of happy that they eventually went with a nice traditional name instead of something scrounged off of 90210, they managed to nail him with his middle name, Hunter. WTF? I've never gotten 'Hunter' as a name, unless you're planning to take your kid out into the woods and have him shoot wildlife in the face. The fact that it's a favorite of urban/suburbanites, just makes the name even more ironic. William Hunter (Zhe?) Kulikowski. I guess it could have been worse overall.
If you're wondering about the 'Zhe', that's a holdover from our side of the family. My sisters and I all were given Chinese names when we were born. My parents weren't daft enough to actually give us Chinese names, but they did want to have them as middle names. In the end, I was the only one who was left out since my mom forgot to fill it in on the form and I ended up without one. My sisters both have middle names that are supposed to sound like their Chinese name. When Maddie was born, my mom and other relatives were given the task of picking out a Chinese name for her. My sisters and I can speak conversational Chinese, but we're no way near the level of proficiency that would allow us to pick names for a kid. Unlike in English, there aren't words that are just set aside as proper names. While 'Edward' might have had a real meaning in old English if you trace it back far enough, nowadays its only meaning as as a first name. Chinese, like a lot of the asian languages, are different. Any word can be chosen as a name so theoretically your kid's first name could be Chair, or Toilet, or Superfluous. Because similar sounds often have very different meanings (Homonyms galore), there's a certain poetry to picking a child's name. The two word phrase (Last + First) can convey a lot of information and range from being very prosaic to incredibly obscure. After pow-wowing it out, it seems that my mom has decided to go with a word that sounds like Zhe or maybe Tzuh would be a closer match. I don't recall what it means off the top of my head but I'm sure it has some sort of nice symmetry in Chinese. About all I can recall at this point is that the name their picked for Maddie meant Clean.
I figure that it'll be at least a day or two before the new addition gets brought home and for the time being my mom and grandmother are taking care of Maddie. I'm already envisioning a lot of screaming and unhappiness in the next few months to come. Maddie's a bit spoiled and me-centric. I'm pretty sure she is not going to take kindly to someone else usurping the attention from her. We'll see though.