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My Blog Name

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My blog is named “The Aums” because that is the nickname my family earned after including the word “Om” in all of our children’s names.

So how did Omar, Jerome, Naomi, and Paloma turn into Aumar, Jiraum, Nyaumi, and Palauma?

It all began when my husband and I had a long-distance engagement and would send each other cutesy texts regarding the names of our future babies. Or maybe I was the one sending the texts and he was the one replying, “No way!”

But one fateful day, I texted three words, “What about Omar?” to which he replied, “Maybe.”

And so it was decided. We would name our first-born son Omar. My husband loved it because it combined two meaningful syllables: the Sanskrit word for God, Om, and the Spanish word for ocean, mar.

Now you and I are used to seeing the word om spelled O-M. But my husband, well, he was born and brainwashed raised a Hare Krishna. This means that while growing up, he had a funny haircut and learned Indian mythology and Sanksrit. In Sanskrit, om is spelled A-U-M but is still pronounced to rhyme with home. So Omar became Aumar.

When our second son came into the world, we wanted to give him a hard to spell meaningful name as well. This time we took the Japanese word for second-born son, Jiro, and added it to Aum, thus creating Jiraum (Jerome).

A year later we were expecting our third child and the pressure was on to find another Aum name. Thank goodness we had a girl because it was slim pickings for boy names unless you’re into Homer, Bartholomew, Roman…Wyoming, Omaha…we’ve heard it all. We went with Nyaumi (Naomi) which means beautiful honesty in Japanese.

Then, during my fourth pregnancy, I dreamt of having a girl named Paloma (yup, like Picasso’s daughter), and before long we were blessed with “our little dove,” Palauma.

I love my children’s names and the meaning behind them. I know they have difficult spellings but even common names like mine are misspelled and mispronounced all the time…Christine…is that with a C or K? Is it Christy or Christina? See what I mean?

So there you have it, the story behind my blog name. I never knew how much one word was going to change my life and now I want to share it with you! Always remember, chanting “Aum” helps maintain mental and emotional calmness, so take a deep breath and let me hear it, “Aummmm…”

The Aums dot commmm…

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Angus August 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Ah, I see it now. VERY cool of the two of you.
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Christine@TheAums August 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

And very Santa Cruz of us, too, lol.

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Lanae August 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

Love it!! Cool story and romantic/meaningful :)
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Christine@TheAums August 29, 2012 at 12:03 am

Thanks, Lanae!

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