Category: baby name choice

Baby Name Remorse: A Name Nerd’s Apology

Baby name remorse

By Abby Sandel

When it comes to naming, plenty of new parents hesitate. “What if she hates her name?” they ask.

We name strangers. There is an excellent chance that your child will find his name too ordinary/too weird/too traditional/too crunchy/too hard to spell/too something at some point.

But I am here to tell you that even if this happens – if your child so thoroughly dislikes the name you choose that she pursues a legal name change – you have not failed.

I’m one of those kids, one who disliked her name at five and 15 and 25, until I legally changed it as an adult.

My mother’s name is long, lovely, unusual. A family name dictated by custom. My given name is a rebellion against all that. Short, simple, very common. Easy to say and spell.

It turns out that I was meant to have her name; and she, mine.

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Naming by numbers

By Madelyn G.

Need another baby-naming or character-naming tool in your tool belt? Well, let me introduce you to modern numerology. By translating names into numerical equations, modern numerology hopes to reveal hidden information in your name.  Today, I’ll be covering three aspects: the expression number, the personality number, and the heart’s desire number.

First, some rules:

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Are all the good names taken?!

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After ruling out any name already used for a close family member, their list is down to … zero! Time to dig deep for some appealing names that are traditional but not taken – and not too popular, either.

Brittany writes:

Don‘t mind me, going crazy over here trying to find a name for my soon-arriving first boy! We’ve been trying desperately to come up with a name that isn’t one of the MANY taken names in my family. There are over 50 names for our cousins, uncles, nephews, and brothers. Argh!

We have a daughter named Eden Clara, and her name wasn’t easy … but it wasn’t this hard! We decided on Eden because we are religious, and because it is both beautiful and not very common.

Avoiding popular names is extremely important for me. My husband’s name was in the Top 50 when he was born, and is still in the Top 200. I not only have a common name, but an extremely trendy-for-the-time name. It doesn’t help that our last name is also fairly common.

All of the boys’ names I like are either popular, taken by someone in my family, or both.

We’ve considered William, but it’s so common. Maybe if we paired it with a solid middle?

We love Adam, Andrew, James, Jonah, and Noah, but they’re all taken. The same is true of Monroe, Miles, and Cody.

The only names on our list are Lincoln and Forrest, and both are met with shrugs and “I guess that’s not too bad.”

We don’t want to pick a name that is just not terrible. I know there’s the perfect name out there somewhere!

The Name Sage replies:

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Baby Names: Advice from Twitter

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By Abby Sandel

Let’s talk #growingupwithmyname.

The Twitter hashtag has users venting about the frustrations of growing up as Zac or Marni, Crystle or Kalie, Sam or Karanna.

If you’re expecting a child, do the complaints translate into good baby naming advice?


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Picking Your Own Middle Name

Middle Names

By Tiana Putric

Each time I read the Nameberry forums I am especially drawn to the posts written by soon-to-be parents asking fellow Berries for help in finding the ‘perfect’ middle name for their baby. I believe I can propose a solution that will not only please the easygoing and the persnickety but could possible change the way parents name their sons and daughters:

Rather than bestowing your just-born baby with a first name, a middle name, and a family name, I encourage you to consider allowing your child to choose his or her own middle name upon their sixteenth birthday or thereabouts.

I speak from experience.

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