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I love that name BUT….

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I love the name Sophia.

I love the sound, soft but strong, familiar yet exotic.  I love the meaning, “wisdom.”  I love the fact that famous Sophias include both an ancient goddess and a modern sex symbol.

But….

Sophia, the Number 1 girls’ name is just too dang popular.

What name do you love in every way, except for that big, fat but that would keep you from ever using it?

The otherwise-wonderful name’s fatal flaw may not be popularity but weirdness, pronunciation difficulties, or the fact that your sister just used it for her own child.  Or a thousand other issues, any of which we hope you’ll share with us.

So, what name do you love, BUT…..

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What’s Your Baby Naming Strategy?

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We never quite thought of expectant parents having a baby naming strategy until we saw this question over in the forums.(So thanks, drhenry, for the inspiration.)

But then we realized this was an intriguing idea and that in fact, we’d had baby naming strategies of our own — different ones for different babies.

But enough about us: What’s YOUR baby naming strategy?

Spend months collecting every theoretical name possibility, researching and discussing them all, and then debating the final choice days after the baby is born?

Swapping Top Ten lists with the baby’s other parent until you winnow it down to one choice you both can live with?

Or what?

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If Your Partner Named Your Kids….

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It was an intriguing question posed over on the forums: What would your children be named, if your partner had complete control?

In my case, my husband would have chosen names from his family tree….very very sleepy names.

Our daughter would be named Molly instead of RoryMolly Rose. Or maybe Rose Elizabeth, after my husband’s grandmother and mother.

One of our sons would probably have been John and the other one Edward, called Ned. I’m guessing John Richard and Edward Victor. All serviceable choices but…..yawn.

Of course, turn the tables and my husband would say my unedited choices would be unacceptably outrageous. Flora, Otis, and Penn, maybe. Sounds fantastic to me.

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I’m always amused to see the different timetables that our forum visitors put on choosing baby names.

Help! Only four weeks to go and no name!!, one expectant parent will panic.

Others only feel urgency around baby names when the labor pains kick in, while some berries have their baby names complete with middles lined up years before they’re expecting, and still others are vacillating about the name months or years after their child’s birth.

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The Names That Got Away

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I wish I’d had a daughter named Margaret, called Daisy or Maisie or Mamie.  But it’s a name I grew to love only after I named my daughter, and then my next two children were boys.

Flora was the name we almost used for our daughter, but then chickened out.  And Eliza has long been my favorite girl’s name, but not one my husband likes.

Our only daughter would have been Henry if she’d been a boy, but then by the time we had a boy, I wanted to name him Joseph after my dad.  And by the time we had a second boy, there were too many Henrys in our neighborhood.

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