We thought we were done. We had two meaningful names we both liked. So we revealed them to the general public and waited for the inevitable critiques, confident we would not change our minds.
We changed our minds.
We got the reactions we expected; universal approval of Anne Virginia and criticism about Karl Wojtyla (no one will know how to say it! too hard for a child to spell! too weird!). We had anticipated that and, frankly, didn't care. What we hadn't anticipated was complete bafflement.
Even among Catholics who lived through the entirety of Blessed John Paul II's papacy, we got a lot of blank stares when we announced the boy name. This was a problem. The whole reason we had chosen Wojtyla as the middle name was to make it obvious who the baby's namesake was, that Karl was an anglicized version of Karol. If adding Wojtyla as the middle name didn't prompt an "aha!" moment, then our reason for choosing it no longer existed. Time to reassess.
Since Peter was born, we've called him Peter the 10th on occasion (his middle initial is X). If we have a daughter, she will be Anne the 5th. :-) So when looking to replace Wojtyla, we decided to go with the theme we unintentionally began. Why not give all the kids middle names that are Roman numerals?! (Don't say, "Because that's dorky." It's totally not.)
Without further ado, the new boy name: Karl Dominic.
And yes, if you're wondering, we've already picked out middle names for I (girl), L (girl), C (boy) and M (boy). If we have more than three girls or four boys, we'll revisit our choices. And if we have more than seven kids, I guess we'll start repeating middle initials. Cross that bridge when we come to it.