Category: Questions of the Week
If you’re expecting a baby anytime during the end-of-year holidays, you can’t help but at least muse on the idea of using a holiday-themed name.
Less widely-known are names that connect to other December holidays. Names that mean light, such as Zohar and Eleora, relate to Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Kwanzaa names include Nia and Imani.
There are names that announce the holidays loud and clear: Solstice, say, or Christmas or Holiday. Or you might prefer names that reference the holiday season more subtly: Hope, for instance, or Balthazar.
Let’s imagine, for one shining moment, that your partner in baby-having says, “You pick the name, honey. I’ll be good with whatever you choose.”
Let’s suppose that this generous-minded partner even says, “You have such awesome taste in names, you can name all our children: First name, middle name — heck, even do the last name any way you want.”
You can name the kids after your mother, if you choose, or use grandma’s maiden name, and your partner won’t even lobby to slip names from their (see how I’m avoiding saying his) side of the family into the equation.
So….what do you do?
Weird Uncle Sebastian. Nice name, but not exactly the kind of guy we want our baby to emulate.
Grandma Hortense — sweet lady, yet that name….no.
It may be a name that’s important in your family but that you just can’t bear to foist on a newborn baby. Or maybe it’s a name you like of a relative you don’t. But some family names simply don’t make the list as baby names.
What name from your family are you NOT going to pass down to a child?
For this week’s Question of the Week, we’re going to ask you to imagine that you have just one more baby, and so get to choose just one more name….
Don‘t worry about having a gender preference: You’re allowed to pick whether your just-one-more is a girl or a boy.
You do have to consider the names of your existing, very real children when you choose your next baby name. But you can go in a totally new direction or complete a compatible sibset, make up for past mistakes or finally grab that name that previously got away.
You may have noticed an updated and improved feature on Nameberry recently: Most name pages now include a list of other suggested names.
I’ve become, okay, kind of obsessed with these name relationships, partly because they seem uncannily accurate and partly because they can be so surprising. Clicking through on a trail of names I like, I’ve discovered lots of new selections that I also like but may not have considered before.