We finally discovered the name of the newest addition to the Pritchett clan on Modern Family—and it’s a doozy. Fulgencio Joseph Pritchett is Gloria and Jay’s new son, a compromise between Gloria’s family tradition (Fulgencio was the name of Gloria’s father and grandfather), and Jay’s desires not to give his kid a name that would provoke teasing.
Fulgencio is a real name—it’s from Latin originally, and it means brilliant and shining. Joseph, the middle name, fits perfectly with Jay’s choices for his older kids, Mitchell and Claire. (No concerns about teasing there!) It’s a classic name that means “Jehovah increases,” and has topped the boys’ name chart for nearly a century and a half.
Jay’s already intimated that he’s not ever going to call their child Fulgencio—which makes that middle name even more important. (And there are plenty of people who use their middle name in daily life—including a few in my family.)
What do you think of Gloria and Jay’s choice? Would you be willing to make that sort of compromise for a family tradition—or would you hold your ground if you thought the name was a clunker?
As I watched the Emmys, I was thrilled to see that one of my favorite actors, Eric Stonestreet, won big for his role as the kind-hearted Cameron Tucker on Modern Family. The entire show is all-out funny, which is why pretty much everyone from the cast was nominated, and why they won the Emmy for Best Comedy, I’m sure. But it seems like, whenever Cam and his partner Mitch are on the screen, I start looking around for the secret camera in my house—because I feel like they’re just re-enacting something that happened within the past week, only written much funnier. And with a gay couple. (Their riff on Cam making a mess in the kitchen last season was an argument that we’ve had many, many times in our house—and I’ve borrowed Cam’s “This is a crime scene because you killed joy” line.)
And Cameron is a pretty great name for a boy, too. (Disregard the fact that Cameron Diaz sports it, too!) Cameron’s a Scottish surname as a name, that’s scoring pretty highly with parents lately—it’s number 53 in the U.S. for boys, and number 442 for girls. It’s a name that’s probably even more popular than it appears from the numbers, since there are so many alternative spellings—such as Camryn and Kameron—that increase the numbers of Cams or Kammies out there.
The name first came to notice in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with Ferris’s hypochondriac best friend—and now it’s starring in Modern Family, too.
As a longer first name, Cameron needs a nice, short middle name—we’re talking names like Beck, Flynn and Gray—or another one-syllable favorite. Maybe something with Southern flair for Missouri-born Modern Family Cam, like Blake.
What do you think of the baby name Cameron? Is it a name that’s popular where you live?