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February 7, 2008

The name game

FAIRMONT — When Nicole Williams found out she was expecting a baby girl, she knew just what she would name her.

Analeese.

“When I saw it (in a baby name book), I really liked it,” she said. “I’d heard it once before on TV and I didn’t know anyone with that name. It was different. I decided on this when I was four months pregnant.”

She liked it so much she didn’t even consider any other name, she said. Still, she did the standard baby name trick of saying the name out loud, “like you’re talking to the baby to see if you like the name.”

“Michelle was going to be her middle name but it didn’t sound right with Analeese, at least to me it didn’t.”

So on Dec. 1, 2007, the world welcomed little Analeese Nicole Sawyer with open arms and a big smile.

“I picked out the names. Ted (Analeese’s dad) just liked it and went with it.”

Just in case, though, they had a boy’s name picked out — Cal — as in Ripken.

“Ted’s a big Orioles fan,” she said with a grin. “We even tried to think of a girl’s name to go with Cal. We thought of Callie.”

Even before he was born on Sept. 4, 2007, Jackson Lee Bowen’s parents had already decided on his name.

“When we found out he would be a boy, we pretty much decided to name him in honor of a baseball player,” said little Jack’s mom, Misty Poe, Times West Virginian city editor and bigtime baseball fan. “We went around the bases.”

She liked Henry Aaron. Mike Bowen, her husband (and Times sports writer and bigtime baseball fan), liked Reggie.

“I’d even written a column all about baseball names for babies,” she said. Then her mother-in-law, Cathy Bowen, suggested “Jackson.”

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