Category: Questions of the Week
Names travel among cultures further and faster now than ever before.
The British like such French names as Sophie and Chloe, while in France there’s a craze for British names such as Emma and Tom. And then there are those names used throughout Europe that are gaining some attention in the US: Cosima, Leonie, Roman.
Hero names can take the form of a last name, as in Landry, surname of Dallas Cowboys coach Tom, used for both genders. Hero names may also be distinctive first names such as Anais or Elvis that directly reference their more famous bearer. Or they can be more ordinary names such as Georgia or Miles that provide a more subtle nod to the original.
What hero names are you crushing on right now? Are you attracted to the hero first, the name first, or do you have to love both in equal measure?
Most parents today have the choice of whether to learn their baby’s gender long before birth, even without invasive tests.
Other reasons for finding out the gender aside, we’re wondering whether it helps or hurts in choosing a name.
What’s your experience? Did you, would you, find out your baby’s gender before birth?
Did it make it easier to find the right name….or maybe harder? Did you announce both the gender and the name before your baby was born, or keep the name announcement separate?
But what about the names that are common in your little corner of the world? The names you seem to hear all the time in the neighborhood playground, at the pediatrician’s office, in the classroom?
Okay, so maybe you’re not going to give all your children names that begin with C…..or that start with vowels or contain the lovely letter L. (Or maybe you are, and that’s okay too.)
But have you noticed a sound pattern to the names you like? You might find yourself attracted to names that contain the letter O — as I knew I was when I realized I’d given my children the O-heavy names Rory, Joe, and Owen.
Or you might love names that have the soft S sound in there somewhere, or that start with A or end with N.
And at the same time, maybe you DON‘T like names with the hard K sound or that end in the trendy -er.