19 Signs You’ve Found the Right Baby Name
How will you know when you’ve found the right name for your baby? You’ll just know, some might say — but you might know that you know for sure if you experience one of the following 19 signs.
1. Without even trying, you find yourself calling the baby by one of its nicknames.
2. You doodle it in different handwritings on your notebook, just like you did the name of your first crush when you were 13.
3. You suggest it to your partner and he or she can’t even think of one solid objection.
4. In fact, your partner’s only real complaint is that they didn’t think of it first.
5. There are no embarrassing celebrities, evil characters, or sappy songs connected to this name.
6. You realize that if your mother doesn’t like it, you won’t care.
7. You imagine the teacher calling it out in class, and don’t imagine your child cringing in response.
8. The three people you’ve ventured to tell it to haven’t asked you how to spell or pronounce it.
9. You tried it out on your tacky cousin Cheryl, and she hated it (definitely a good sign).
10. It sounds like it was invented to go with your last name.
11. You can think of at least three middle names that sound perfect with it.
12. You looked up the name’s meaning, and it’s nothing horrific. Or if it is, you consult other sources until you find one that assigns it a better meaning..
13. You’ve tried it out in your favorite font on the birth announcement website, and you love the way it looks.
14. When you imagine finally revealing the name, you picture your friends being surprised and impressed — and a little bit jealous.
16. It goes great with all the names you might consider using for future children.
17. You’ve stopped thinking of your pregnancy in terms of weeks and now divide it into the time Before and After you discovered The Name.
18. Now when you try on one of your other favorite names, it doesn’t even come close to sounding right.
19. You can’t imagine your child with any other name.
How did you know when you’d found the right name?
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on March 26th, 2014 at 11:29 pm
#15 is too funny.
on March 27th, 2014 at 3:25 am
I’m definitely most guilty of spending ages doodling my favorite names on sheets of paper in different handwriting 😛
on March 27th, 2014 at 5:33 am
I actually use a different technique that I honestly think should be the most important one (or number 20). It is a little out there, but it is something I worry about, so here it is:
-Imagine you child’s future partner saying their name in climax.
You just can’t be sexy with certain names, like “Eugenia”, sorry if this is one of your names. It may not be a concern to you, but try saying their name mad or imagine the moment of “love”; does the name sound too silly?
on March 27th, 2014 at 8:46 am
Don’t know about the “Eugenia” comment — Jonathan Frakes and Genie Francis have been married for 26 years!
For me, it was looking my child in the eyes and saying the name and realising that the little person in my arms was that name : Kate; and then, Tom. (Even though Tom called himself Thomas for years; now, at 22, he uses Tom.)
on March 27th, 2014 at 9:31 am
One of my criteria is that it does NOT sound like a name Brad & Angelina or a Kardashian would use! But that’s me with my ultra classic taste 🙂
on March 27th, 2014 at 10:00 am
With our first, Weston, was just right. I practiced yelling it – it worked. And then I wrote it out, and his whole name had exactly the same number of letters (22) as mine and my siblings – all by coincidence. It was a sign.
With the twins – I was so elated that I told my husband that if one was a boy, he could have his favorite name, Keegan. So Baby A was always Keegan in my head, and to the world once he was confirmed a boy. It was always who he was. And it worked perfectly with our choice of family middle names. We even started the nickname thing before he was born, though we use a lot more versions today. 🙂
Sebastian was my favorite name… but we kept looking at shorter names. Keegan and Weston both had 6 letters and 2 syllables – Berries kept saying that they sounded more like the pair. Landon was in the lead for a while – then I knew 3 people who named their little boys Landon in about a 2 month span. Landon was Out. I kept thinking of Baby B as Sebastian, and I suggested it to the husband – and he loved it. Which was a surprise. He’s called him Bash since before birth.
It was also important that Weston could say their names easily.
on March 27th, 2014 at 12:15 pm
@GrecianErn – I like Bash for Sebastian! I always only considered Seb for a nickname but Bash is very cute!
I definitely agree with calling out the name angry, in a scolding tone… First, middle and last.
on March 27th, 2014 at 3:27 pm
I absolutely do the doodling my baby names in different writing all over notebooks. I can fill an entire notebook like this!
With my son I knew I had the right name with it’s background. Aidan was not popular at the time (or at least I wasn’t aware of it aside from Aidan Quinn) but it was the fact that it was Irish and it meant “fire” something I found very alluring. Not for any pyrotechnic inclinations, but it just seemed strong and full of spirit. I found out later that is also meant “little helper or little aid” and this too fits my son very well.
With my youngest daughter Gemma I knew because even though I was still really loving several other options I just kept falling back in love with Gemma. I still miss not using Genevieve but if I ever have another girl than we can be sure that Genevieve will be apart of her name!
on March 27th, 2014 at 4:24 pm
I knew I found the right name when I had slight pangs of envy when I heard another baby with the name. Originally we were going to reject the name in favor of something more “normal”, but after my gut reaction to the other baby with the name, I knew we had to use it…and we’re so happy we did!
on March 27th, 2014 at 4:54 pm
When I suggested Calyssa Paige to her daddy, he looked at me, agog, and said “I love it.” That was it. She’s 10 now, and really loves her name, especially when she is labeling her summer camp gear and doesn’t have to add her last name or cabin number (her friend Sophia has to do both!).
on March 27th, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I knew for certain when I saw my son that Malcolm was his name. Deciding his middle name would be Alexander had pretty much sealed the deal, but I still held Ansel in reserve in case he just didn’t look like a Malcolm. I think my husband knew when he started calling him by the nickname Malloc, though (which we don’t really use much since he’s been born). Plus, it was the one name that we both had in common when we narrowed the list to our two favorites.
on March 27th, 2014 at 10:28 pm
It’s the name I keep going back to after having liked a hundred more. It’s that one you just can’t seem to let go of. And if you do let it go for a time to fall in love with others, you end up going back to it eventually.
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