Category: baby name stories
By Abby Sandel
Sooner or later, you’ll have to choose.
The rules vary based on where your child is born. But some authority somewhere is going to want you to register your new arrival, possibly before leaving the hospital. If not, eventually, in order to get a passport or enroll in school or something, your child will need an official name. And the grandparents? They’ll be asking, too. Because calling your kiddo “the baby” gets old fast.
But choosing isn’t easy, whether it’s your first child or you’re a veteran parent.
By Abby Sandel
If there’s one rule of modern baby naming, it might be this: expect to tell your story.
“How did you choose her name?” is one of my go-to conversation starters with new parents. It’s as reliable as “how did you meet?” to a newly engaged couple, or “do you have any fun plans for the weekend?” to … well, almost anyone.
Sometimes the response is a vague, “Oh, I don’t know, we just liked it.”
But usually there’s a story, and it’s often a great story about going through dozens of possibilities until one clicked. Or discovering that her favorite fictional character was also the name of his favorite great-aunt, so the baby had to called Eglantine. Obviously.
We berries know that names others dismiss as strange, even wacky, are often mainstream. Jackson has eclipsed John, and many girls’ names in use only a few decades are among the most popular in the US. Neveah, Brooklyn, and Kaylee, I’m looking at you.
But if you are going to use an eye-poppingly strange name, I’m convinced the way to do it is to have a great story, one that your child won’t mind re-telling again and again. And again. Actually, you’d better be willing to re-tell your tale, too, as curious types coo at your sweet little newborn babe and ask if McKechnie is a family name.
Nancy shared a great article about two women with truly unique names earlier this week, and my theory held up. Bluzette experienced frustrating moments, especially as a kid, but mostly she’s made peace with her unusual name, inspired by a song. Open, who lacks a simple backstory, still struggles with her appellation.
Of course the biggest name this week requires no explanation. Jen and Ben went with an all-boy Biblical staple never out of US Top 100 for baby #3. The littlest Affleck kicks off our nine most newsworthy baby names this week: