Category: baby name decision
Has it really become harder to name a child?
It seems to be the theme in recent days. Over at Offbeat Mama, Caitlin wrote about her struggles to name – and eventually rename – her youngest child. The New Zealand Herald reported the same thing, noting a 12% increase in parents filing to legally change a child’s name prior to his or her second birthday.
My maternal grandparents named their first three children in accordance with family and cultural custom. My dad’s mom, undecided, pulled his middle name out of a hat. As for my parents, they felt no obligation to honor anyone, and chose short, peppy, upbeat names for their three daughters – until along came a son, and suddenly, family names mattered. If any child ever went nameless for months, or if aunts were divided over accusations of name theft, I’ve never heard the tale.
Canadian guest blogger and name book writer Shandley McMurray offers some advice on global baby names–picking a name that will travel well. (And those are her beautiful kids in the illustration.)
Growing up with a name like Shandley in Canada wasn’t always easy. I became tired of correcting people’s spelling and pronunciation of it, and, of course, I bemoaned the lack of personalized products like pens and rulers that adorned the desks of my more traditionally-named friends. Then, the world’s increasing reliance on email made things even more difficult, with online editors and others I hadn’t met in person often referring to me as Mr. rather than Ms. in their correspondence.
Now don’t get me wrong—I’ve always loved my name. I’m a loud and opinionated free spirit and a quieter name like Elizabeth or Ashley just wouldn’t have fit. My name set me apart and I took pride in the fact that my parents had invented such a unique name. So when it came time to name my own children, I thought long and hard about my decision.
Yes, that’s the question of the week:
Is there a name that you were seriously considering for your child that you now can’t believe you ever contemplated using?
Was it a fleeting idea or did it remain high on your list?
So what were you thinking?
And what got you to come to your senses?
Care to share?
Today’s Question of the Week comes from the pages of our very own forums:
Is there a name that you wish you were gutsy enough to use—but probably aren’t? One that you really love, but fear is too extreme?
Are you afraid of the effect it would have on your child–or other people’s reaction?
FYI–some of the names your fellow berries have put on the table:
Our Question of the Week: Did you make a last minute name change once you met your baby?
Did it happen to you that after months of pondering, discussing, eliminating, perhaps sharing with other berries, you finally narrowed the options down to the name you loved most—and then oops—it just didn’t seem the right fit for your baby when she/he arrived?
Did you have an alternative choice in mind—or a whole list of names in reserve? Or did you have to go back to Square One?
Did you decide to stay with your original choice, knowing how much newborns can change?