Although we didn’t name our first Fortuitous ourselves, it was always an appropriate name. At least to the original definition of the word:
for·tu·i·tous adjective 1. happening by chance rather than design.
Ok, so the distant second definition is “happening by a lucky chance; fortunate,” but I greatly prefer the original intent of the word over its misconstrued derivative. In his book Endangered Words: A Collection of Rare Gems for Book Lovers, Simon Hertnon makes the case for the first definition of fortuity:
“Not everything is good or bad, some things just don’t matter. And not everything that happens is good luck or bad luck, some things just happen. But something in our make-up fights this truth and makes chance and indifference unpalatable to us. Wherever chance and indifference lurk, we ignore them, expel them, or mislabel them. And I guess we think this makes our lives more important and more meaningful. But in altering the truth we lose something important; in this case we lose a set of words that were specifically set aside to denote randomness and, in doing so, we push that universal truth even further away.”
We obviously liked the name enough that we renamed our second boat the same thing. We briefly considered adding a II (but never “For2itous,” or anything similarly disgusting) but there was no requirement to do so in any of the boat renaming liturgy that I could find, so we kept it simple.