Although there's no major significance behind his name, I wanted to blog about how the littlest member of our family became Rhett Kauffman.
It's no secret that our other boys have unique names. I wouldn't call them weird by any means, but Brantley and Holden are definitely not common. As someone who has a super common name, that's exactly how I like it. We wanted a similarly unique name for 3.0.
Early in my pregnancy, even before we knew he was a boy, Craig suggested the name Rhett. I wasn't sold, mainly because I like multiple-syllable names, especially with our one-syllable last name. Rhett Sides was just so short. But Craig was persistent. He said it sounded like the name of an athlete. He also said the name had been a favorite of his since he was younger. As the days passed, the name grew on me and by the time we learned of our baby's gender, I had finally agreed that Rhett is what we'd name him. (We didn't have a girl name, fyi.)
The middle name, Kauffman, has pretty big significance to our city (Kansas City). As most people know, it's the name of our major league baseball stadium: Kauffman Stadium. And we are pretty big Royals fans around here! But the stadium is actually named after Ewing Marion Kauffman, who did quite a few things for Kansas City including establishing the Royals as a baseball team in 1969.
Much like Rhett, I wasn't initially sold. Although I liked the name itself and the connection to our city, I worried about it being a bit too cheesy. Furthermore, Rhett is kind of like Brett; George Brett is a Kansas City Royals legend. I didn't want people thinking we went overboard on the Royals connections.
Nonetheless, a few days after Craig suggested it, I was again sold. It was official: our baby boy would be Rhett Kauffman.
So you could say Craig 100% named this baby. After naming the other two, it was only fair I let him name one. 😉
A few interesting facts:
Brantley is the name of a country music signer (Brantley Gilbert). Rhett is the last name of a country music singer (Thomas Rhett).
Holden is a character in the book Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield). Rhett is a character in Gone with the Wind (Rhett Butler).
We kept Brantley's name super secret until birth. We told a few people with Holden, but it was still pretty secret. Although I didn't publicly broadcast Rhett's name unless someone asked, it was the least secret of the three after Craig let it slip to our neighbors at a firepit last spring.
So there you go! That's how our littlest became Mr. Rhett Kauffman Sides.
Inspiration behind our other boys' names: