Celebrity Baby Names: Thoughts on naming Hanson baby #6

Naming by committee

by Natalie Hanson

Once again, we’re so pleased to share the thoughts of name-loving celebrity mom, Natalie Hanson, as she approaches the birth of her and husband Taylor‘s sixth child next month. Who will be the newest sibling of Jordan Ezra, Penelope Anne, River Samuel, Viggo Moriah and Wilhelmina Jane? Luckily for us, Natalie will be back to share her eventual baby name choice.

If you haven’t heard our news, Taylor and I are so excited to welcome baby number six at the end of the year, and as you can imagine, the topic of names has been a hot one at our house lately!

Once upon a time as a young name enthusiast, the thought of naming a sixth baby seemed like a dream. I would have lists so long of brilliant name choices, I could have, in theory, easily named at least twenty babies of each gender! However now that the dream is a reality, I’m faced with the unique challenges that come with this special job.

The first challenge I’ve noticed is that the more children you’ve named, the more of your favorite names you have probably already used. Much like a mother wonders how her heart will mysteriously grow to love another person as much as she loves her other children, I began to worry if there could possibly by any more names out there I could love as much as the ones I’ve already chosen.  This name has a lot to live up to!

Secondly, whether planned or not, in a large sibset naming patterns have inevitably emerged. I began noticing some of my own patterns during this process more than I had in the past. For instance, I can really see how my boy names seem to be more fashioned after my husband’s style, and the girls mine. I guess I can’t help picturing mini Taylor or mini Natalie before they are born and tend to choose names with that feeling in mind.  I also realized I tend to use the two-syllable version of my children’s names the most. I like that sound with our last name and would like to keep that pattern if it works for this baby. This time around, I find myself balancing not being too beholden to these patterns with wanting a name that feels like it belongs.

There is one more issue that has come up that is making this naming process a little different from my others. I’m referring to this new challenge as “naming by committee”. The beautiful thing about welcoming a new baby when you’ve already been a mom for sixteen years is you have all of these creative and interesting people who are invested is this new person. With all of that creativity comes big opinions! I’m proud to have raised such opinionated namers, but this is the first time I feel like I’m not in complete control of the decision and that is a new dynamic for me. So far, I’m approaching this situation the same way I do with parenting younger and older children.  I want the older ones to feel invested and respected, and at the same time not saddled with the ultimate responsibility of parenting, or in this case naming. Therefore, I am now in the process of listening and debating and mostly just trying to appreciate how lucky this baby is that their name matters to all of us.

I look forward to sharing our choice with all of you soon, and for those of you who enjoy a little name research, I can leave you with a little hint…. both our top girl and boy choices right now are main characters in George Sand novels. Happy guessing!

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enchantrasand Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 6:48 am

Please be Consuelo. (I’ve a little George Sand in my name, too)

Janie_Larkin70 Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 8:25 am

Sometimes siblings can come up with some of the best and most interesting name choices! Of course, the final decision should always be in the hands of the parents, but, I rather like the idea of getting input from the older children.

Friends of mine were expecting their fifth baby, and as they had with the older kids, they were waiting till the birth to learn the sex. They had a beautiful girl name picked, but were wavering on their boy choice. Out of the blue, one of their young teen daughters said “Vincenzo Dominic!”, and it was just perfect! They indeed had a boy, and little Vinny is about two and a half now. His sister was thrilled that her suggestion became the name of her little brother. 😁

calyma Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 9:12 am

I’m guessing Simon and Indiana are your top picks.

Sunday_Cami Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 10:06 am

THAT’S Taylor Hanson!?! Gosh I suddenly feel very old… he was about 12 a minute ago!
I do love their name choices though and am excited to hear who number six becomes 🙂

Beau Jean Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 12:29 pm

In 1990 when the sixth child in my family (my sister) was born, she had two names that were being considered for a whole week following her birth– Kate Diane or Jazz Marie. Guess which one all her siblings thought was the coolest.

emekct Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 3:02 pm

I have always been a huge Hanson fan, I just attended their String Theory tour and their as amazing as always. I remember the first time Natalie posted to this site and I was thrilled because I’ve always loved that the guys (and their wives) are such creative baby namers.

She mentioned top contenders are names from George Sands novels. I came up with this list…

I’m thinking, girl: Indiana or Valentine
Boy: Bernard, Leonard, or Maurice

Can’t wait to hear what they settle on 🙂

beynotce Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 4:33 pm

I’m guessing Valentine for a girl and Landry for a boy are the current front-runners.

DaisyBell Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Natalie’s a poet: She has an inherent instinct for word rhythm! It’s easy to see how these two were drawn to each other.

Lily or Heidi for a girl. Leon for a boy.

AmeliaEverythingBabyNames Says:

November 20th, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Natalie!!!! This is so awesome that you did this for Nameberry. I have a youtube channel about baby names, and my best friend and I do ‘celebrity baby name predictions’ about once a year. So, of course, the last one we did included a guess for your sixth baby. If you want to check it out, even just for a laugh, that would be so fun. One thing I think we can all agree on. This baby is going to be beautiful!

afineskyline Says:

November 21st, 2018 at 2:31 am

Simon or Antonia!

Joycebernhardt Says:

November 21st, 2018 at 4:10 am

I really really love love Lélia! I named my doughter Lily so i love that one haha and i couldn’t find any names for a boy i liked in the novels so it has to be a girl 🥰 so excited i’m pregnant now too and due december 14th i also don’t know what the gender of my baby is and getting more and more curious haha.
I wish you good luck with these last few weeks!

nieke Says:

November 21st, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Girl: Lelia or Edmee
Boy: Landry

hanna_mac Says:

November 23rd, 2018 at 4:10 am

First, I am a huge Hanson fan. Having just attended the String Theory tour, its exciting to see her post on here. Their naming choices have always been really great, and they even used River which is my all time favorite name. Im wondering if the phrasing “This time around” was purposeful. .

As for names, maybe Landry or Jack/Jacks/Jackson for a boy. Lelia, Louise (as in Louisa), Amalia, or Lavinia for a girl. The name Georgia is beautiful, and in this context seems like a feminist message that you can be a girl and be taken seriously. however since you’re from Georgia, i don’t know how you’d feel about it.

Random suggestions: Oren like Soren, Rhodes, Bridger. Girls- Winter, Larkin, Everly, Aveline

Very curious as to what you’ve picked!!

alpharelic Says:

November 30th, 2018 at 2:35 pm

So curious to see what you choose, I have always loved your naming style and the way you mix traditional with rarer names. My George Sand name guesses…

Boy: Benedict, Ralph, Jacques, Pierre, Octave.

Girl: Sylvia, Marianne, Valentine, Indiana. My favourite would be Sylvia because Sylvie is such a sweet nickname and totally fits alongside your other girls lovely names.

It occurs to me that the name ‘Theodora’ would fit perfectly with Penelope and Wilhelmina, and has some great nickname options such as Thora which means Goddess of Thunder! Boys names are harder, since Viggo Moriah is such a powerful but unusual name… I can imagine a little Asa, Inigo, Luka, Otto, Solomon, Willem or Tobiah. Something old-school and recognisable, yet rarer.

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