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  1. #6
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    Dec 2012
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    It can be tricky as there are so many choices available! The first thing I would advise is to narrow down your options and form a list of say 7-10 names.

    Try to limit you options to first initials, ending sounds, or any names that connect you and your other half to memorable experiences, personal history or traditions. For more contemporary names, think about a location you like or one which has some significance to you and your partner e.g. Brooklyn (Beckham), Paris (Hilton) etc

    Here are a few other things to consider

    1) Think about all the possible nicknames.
    2) Does the name age well?
    3) Are there many different ways to spell the name?

    I used a few of these suggestions and it helped me and my hubby come up with a name for our second child!

    One final thing, try not to get your relatives involved in the baby naming process unless you have to. Your situation might be different, but for my first child we fell into this trap and it caused a few arguments!

    Hope these tips help you out some day!
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  2. #8
    Naming our daughter was easy as we were both in love with the name Emmi, her middle name is my mothers name, Jayne
    Although naming our son, who is due in a few months is proving difficult. He's possibly going to be an Oliver (Ollie)

  3. #10
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    Nov 2009
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    Short answer: hard!

    My husband and I are currently in mid-naming process, and it's gone anything but smoothly so far. Both of us are super picky (him moreso than me, at least from my perspective!), and our taste doesn't seem to coincide all that well.

    I've been interested in names for years and years now, so it was hard to let go a multitude of old favourites that my husband vetoed.

    Something that I think a lot of teen name nerds don't take into consideration (at least I know I didn't) is that there will be a lot of real-life limitations on their name choices by the time that they actually have children. Not only will you presumably have to compromise with the child's father, but you'll have an ever-increasing pool of off-limits names as close friends and relatives start producing their own little ones.

    Another interesting note: I've discovered that my own taste has become much more conservative/traditional when there are real babies to be named rather than hypothetical ones!
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    *Mother to twins Charles and Samuel*

  4. #12
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    Jul 2009
    Location
    Newport, RI
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    Both of my daughters (Gretchen Sofia and Cordelia Violet) were named almost two days after they were born. I went to the hospital with 12 names with my first and six or seven with the second.

    But.. I am extremely indecisive by nature. I'm pregnant again and already stressed out because I took so much grief for how long it took the last two times.

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
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    There are a lot of names I really loved in theory but once I was actually pregnant many went out the window! I was naming a *real human being* so what I liked had to also mesh with what I felt would be acceptable for an adult to introduce him/herself one day at a job interview. DH has always liked more "usual" names...some of his favorites which I have vetoed for not being my style are Patrick, Allison, Megan and Jonathon. All nice names, just not for my kid. He also cannot get behind Astrid no matter how hard I try, he just really dislikes this name and will not bend so I've had to give that up. Choosing a name with somebody made it harder but also easier to some degree...knowing what was off limits and also getting excited when we found common ground. He lived in Spain for 6 months through an exchange program with his college and imagine my excitement when I bring up the name "Sebastian" and that he had read an email I wrote in the town of San Sebastian and that is when he realized he had fallen in love with me. I liked it for the nod to Shakepeare and that it was heard of yet unusual (I know its been in the top 100 for a while, but, local to me it is still very unusual especially for a non-Hispanic child) and for him in brought back fond memories of his time living overseas and the sentiment of that moment for our relationship. All this to say that us having common ground with his name (and similar stories with the other kids) and the fact that before I was pregnant the name Sebastian was not even a thought in my head, made it "the right name" and so far, no regrets in naming any of our kids, all of them names I know I did not like as a teen or even much in my early adulthood, but names that just worked and continue to work on real people. Sebastian and Linus are the only ones we named before they were born, Bronwen's name was chosen from a list of 5 names after she was born and Violet's honestly came out of the blue (well, we had talked about the name Violet before and DH loved it but I was only so-so with it...but she *is* a Violet and I knew that after spending a few hours with her).

    You have time yet and I am betting when it is time for you to name a baby, you will be ok.
    Married to my love since August 2001
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    My lovely bunch of coconuts;
    Sebastian Elihu (7/02)
    Bronwen Eliza (2/04)
    Linus Ezra Graham (9/06)
    Violet Leona (1/09) and
    Wolfgang Levi (3/13)
    Always missing our Felix Emmanuel (10/10-10/10)

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