If you ruled your baby name world….
Let’s imagine, for one shining moment, that your partner in baby-having says, “You pick the name, honey. I’ll be good with whatever you choose.”
Let’s suppose that this generous-minded partner even says, “You have such awesome taste in names, you can name all our children: First name, middle name — heck, even do the last name any way you want.”
You can name the kids after your mother, if you choose, or use grandma’s maiden name, and your partner won’t even lobby to slip names from their (see how I’m avoiding saying his) side of the family into the equation.
So….what do you do?
How would you rename the children you have, and what would you name the babies in your future?
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on December 4th, 2013 at 12:23 am
I don’t have any kids, not married or even close, but I know my children’s names. My future husband better not have strong opinions about names, haha. Here’s to hoping.
Anyway, I’d name my two daughters Antonia Jude/Antonia Belle and Rosalind Briar. Antonia is after St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things (I’m Catholic and have called on his intercession more than once…somehow I ended up promising to name my child after him…) Anyway, she’d go by Annie, which I think is adorable. Antonia means “priceless one.” I’m flexible on the middle names, but I like Jude because he’s the patron saint of impossible cases (this name is for my first born daughter…I’m covering my bases.) I like Belle because I love Beauty and the Beast and am completely and utterly shamelessly obssessed.
Rosalind Briar is more of a nod to my fairy tale obsessed side. She’d go by Lindy, which is the nickname of Linda, the Belle character in one of my favorite retellings, Beastly. Rosalind means “Pretty rose” which connects back to the fairy tale theme…same with Briar. I heard it in a book (on a boy) and of course there’s Briar-Rose.
Boys I’m not so sure about-
I like Gabriel Kai and Sebastian Lawrence. I’ve always loved the name Gabriel, Kai is a reference to The Snow Queen and I think it’s a cool name. Sebastian is just awesome, and I like the sound of Lawrence, but not as a first name. Lawrence is also a pretty awesome saint. I also like Colin and Nathaniel, and Henry’s growing on me. But I’ll probably let my future husband have a bit more control on the boy’s names. As long as he doesn’t pick anything too trendy or dumb…something classic, and I’ll be happy.
So: Annie, Lindy, Sebastian, and Gabriel.
on December 4th, 2013 at 2:16 am
I would have Felicity, Charlotte, and Josephine. I got a Felicity but I don’t think my hubby will budge on the other two 🙂
on December 4th, 2013 at 3:23 am
I was lucky my husband liked Vaughn but I was going to name him Emerick Thomas. For a girl Yulia Winter but I’m sure he won’t go for that.
on December 4th, 2013 at 3:31 am
Actually, I really like my husband’s naming taste for the most part (his favorite for girls is Josephine, which I love, too), but my top favorites for girls are Ramona and Beatrice, which he hasn’t bought into. Also loving Philippa these days, but it’s another no-go. I’d probably also be more likely to give in to my attraction to names with ties to ancient Greece & Rome: Olympia, Athena, Ianthe, etc, which he just doesn’t get too excited about.
For boys, I’d go for something a bit crazy like Peregrine, Ulysses, Tiberius, Jasper, or Lysander… I think I have my husband warming up to some of these choices, but so far only in the MN spot – still, I’ll take it!
on December 4th, 2013 at 7:11 am
Niamh and Patrick
on December 4th, 2013 at 7:48 am
Well, I don’t have a partner, but, my dream options (which I usually run past my best friend, only for her to turn them down/cringe at) would be:
on December 4th, 2013 at 8:18 am
I wanted Matilda nn Tilly for out last two……..no go from the hubs
on December 4th, 2013 at 8:27 am
Names I love that my husband and 3 sons have disappointingly flat-out vetoed:
So the only name we can all agree on is the good old classic….Katharine.
on December 4th, 2013 at 8:30 am
I’ve been lucky in that I actually did pick the first and middle names for our two children. Noah Michael and Evelyn Claire. If we were going to have more kids future names would (hopefully) be Violet Adeline or Lorelei Jane. He put his foot down that another boy would be William (which i’m 100% fine with) but I get to pick the middle so he would be William Eli or William Arlo.
on December 4th, 2013 at 9:01 am
My boyfriend hates basically every single name I like. Lol. He FINALLY admitted to liking some of them, but he likes to 100 names and i like not in the top 1000 names or not super popular names generally. If I had alll the control, these are the names I’d pick.
Adrian (dunno middle for this one yet)
Mason Lee (his fav…but I love so oh well for it being popular)
Maelynn (not sure for middle)
Conan (not sure for middle)
Other names I really like in general are Gabriel, Ryder, Archer, Levi, Pierce, Aloise, Adeline, Abilene, Greyson, Aiyanna, Lilia, and Lilianna.
on December 4th, 2013 at 9:13 am
Jack Donovan and Caroline Grace.
on December 4th, 2013 at 9:30 am
or (if I have twins, because I will not be pregnant twice)
Tristan Edmund and Arthur Lucian
Freja Melusine and Aurora Romilly (possibly Lottie Seraphina instead Aurora Romilly)
Kim W Said
on December 4th, 2013 at 9:44 am
My husband doesn’t like “word names.” I’d have a June Elizabeth, Olive Josephine, and Rose Catherine if I could! Maybe an Iris Margaret too. 🙂
on December 4th, 2013 at 10:38 am
Not married, never have been, and not close to it, either, but I would love to use the following names.
Thalia Grace/Ziva Grace
And FN/MN I’d just love to use and don’t have a pairing for: Noel, Merida, Aurore, Esme, Care, Maire, Bryony, & Christabel.
I don’t really have pairings for these, but favorite names:
Beau/Beauregard, Roux, Micah & Hosea, Jude/Judah/Judas, Zacheus, Remy, Seth, Drew, Orrin, Benno, Augustus(nn Gus), Xavier, Lucas, Nico/Draco, & Kennedy(nn Ned).
Unisex names that have my attention at the moment:
Ellis, Percy, names like Sawyer, Cooper, etc.
on December 4th, 2013 at 10:51 am
My husband agreed on felicity . Elodie though I had to beg for luckily he is a sucker so he said yes as long as the middle name was Shiloh. But im afraid we will never agree on boys he wants Colorado, maverick and destry. But he wont agree on my wilder.
on December 4th, 2013 at 10:58 am
I would probably change our surname from Pease to Darling (my grandmother’s maiden name). But I really do love my son’s name, Malcolm Alexander. He might have ended up Ansel Sebastian or Desmond Emerick, but I wasn’t 100% sold on those names. I have trouble narrowing it down to one choice. If I had to pick one choice for our future daughter or son, I’d probably go with Solenne Isadora or Ansel Theodoric. But honestly, it would probably be something else, because I try to get a feel for who the baby truly is while pregnant, and I’m not pregnant right now.
on December 4th, 2013 at 11:03 am
All my children would probably have names all over the place. Probably everything from Calliope, Wednesday, and Marisol to Edith, Margaret, and Jane. Same with my sons, everything from Sebastian, Mowgli, and Price to Clyde, Russell, and Samuel.
on December 4th, 2013 at 11:06 am
I love names and I have a lot I adore. I want a big family, so if every name was up to me theses would be the options:
Girls: Britton Taylor, Mackenzie Annette, Rachel Aaliyah, Easton Elizabeth, Aubrey Keziah, Leah Michelle, Paisley Tatum, Kennedy Sage, Braelyn Jordan, Bristol Ann, Sutton Cheyenne, Emmalynn Addyson, Courtney Dakota, Arabella Serenity, Emily Aspen, Katie Sariyah, Kaitlin Olivia, Alba Isadora, Kinsley Gabriella, Kylie Baize, Riley Grace, Adrian Alanna, Adalia Britlyn, Chloe Lucy, Chelsea Lydia, Clementine Kimberly, Ainsley Paige, Madeline Claire, Sophia Madison, Braxley Amber Monroe, Teagan Blair, Molly Mabel.
A lot I know but I’m obsessed with combining names.
Favorite Top three: Britton, Easton, Mackenzie
Boys: Braxton Noah, Carter Dean, Carson Daniel, Logan Mason, Landon Michael, Paxton Gage, Gannon Miles, Preston James, Wyatt Christian, Tristan Evan, Courtland Wren, Greyson Roland, Isaac Josiah, Weston Theodore, Samuel Ethan, Gabriel Jedediah, Warren Chase, Bentley Ryan, Brayden Texas, Ashton Hunter, Brantley Hudson, Casey Liam, Waylon Wilson.
Favorite top three: Carter, Logan, Gannon
Hopefully future husband wont mind 😀
on December 4th, 2013 at 11:08 am
If I knew I had my SO’s complete support no matter what I chose, I would pull out all the stops for the boys. Luckily, we agree on obscure Greek names for future daughters. However, my SO is pretty staunchly traditional with boys names. Therefore, if I had all the power, the boys would have just as quirky, rare names as their sisters:
on December 4th, 2013 at 11:32 am
If I had total control I would chose names that you don’t hear very often (at least where we live) and are older and yet still popular.
on December 4th, 2013 at 11:41 am
Marina and Reeve are my favorite names that DH has vetoed, and Reeve is my absolute favorite name for a boy! We’ve agreed on one name for each gender, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to convince him to go for Darrow if we have two boys.
on December 4th, 2013 at 11:42 am
For the most part my DH and I agree on many baby names. However, there are a few names that I love and would like to use in the future (no babies yet), but DH already vetoed them.
on December 4th, 2013 at 11:51 am
My husband and I agreed on the name Luke for our son, but if we have another baby, he has already vetoed Susannah, Georgia, Iris, Ruby, Cordelia, and Corinne for girls and Felix , Gideon, Archer, and Tobias for boys, so I’d pick one of those. And if I could change my last name I’d pick Darcy. That’d be great but would never ever happen. It’s nice to think about, though.
on December 4th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
I would have my husband change his last name to my maiden name: Damon
But I wouldn’t change our son’s name, since I basically named him. 🙂
Our twin boys (coming in 5 weeks) would change a little bit:
Expecting a compromise: Keegan Nathaniel and Sebastian Miller
Royal Choices: Sebastian Oliver and Holden William (though everyone in my family hates Holden)
If our twins had been girls:
Emerson Mary Elizabeth nn Emme
Grayson Linda Marie nn Gracie (Gray for me)
Madelaine nn Lainey
Matilda nn Tilly
Rosalind nn Lindy
on December 4th, 2013 at 1:05 pm
I would pick Hebrew word names that have a very spiritual meaning but might not sound so great to others. Such as-Qadosha /Kadoesha (Holy or Set apart) Ahava (Love) and Tsadiyqa/Zadika (Righteous). Every time you call a childs name you are speaking “prophecying” their destiny over them.
on December 4th, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Honestly I would just change our surname from Cox to Fox. Our surname has made me second guess a lot of my favorites. We do a really good job of compromising but I tend to like quirkier classics and he is
More for mainstream classics.
on December 4th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
on December 4th, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Canaan Remington(Go by Remmy)
My Favorite Names: Finnck, Kendrick, Cullen, Canaan, Remington(Remmy)
Emme Halston Embry Ashton London
on December 4th, 2013 at 2:41 pm
I don’t have kids yet, but if I had my way, I would use all the ones my SO has vetoes for our future kids.
Girls would have a slightly elaborate first name and second name from someone in history/literature..
Boys would have a more taylored, “geek chic” name and also have a second name from history/lit.
They would be like this:
on December 4th, 2013 at 3:27 pm
Don’t have any kids yet but if I had my way I would probably choose:
I’m sure I have a lot more but that’s all I can think of right now!
on December 4th, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Willa Michele – Both honor family members
Eleanora “Nora” Joelle
Theodore “Theo” Dexter
on December 4th, 2013 at 4:03 pm
I love ‘old lady’/vintage names for girls but hubby says no to the majority.
Winnifred nn Winnie (after my great grandmother)
Matilda nn Tilly ( which I love but he has vetoed) ; (
Also love Rowan for a girl but as he has trouble pronouncing it he says no.
Lets hope this bubba due in May is a boy as we agree on our boy names, either Jasper or Camden.
on December 4th, 2013 at 4:31 pm
I’d name my future sons Madden Lee & Blake Wayne & my future daughters Avery Virginia & Mackenzie Nicole
on December 4th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Luckily my hubby and I share a common perspective on girl names but with boys, if I had my way it would be Gideon or Asher but if hubby had his way it’d be Jack or Lucas!
on December 4th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
If I had it my way I would choose:
(these are all family names)
on December 4th, 2013 at 5:45 pm
My husband and I have similar tastes (no kids yet) but if I had full control my girl names would be Nora Josephine, Genevieve Faye, or Amelia Etta and boys would be Marshall Bradley, Parker Roy, or Griffin Douglas. All contain family names which is really important to both of us.
on December 4th, 2013 at 6:01 pm
I would love to name a little daughter Claudia. My husband hates that name (cause he knew a Claudia and didn’t like her – which is a valid reason) but my favourite relative is named CLaudette and my favourite artist is Claude Monet, so it would be PERFECT for me!
For boys, I love Rocco, Bodhi/Bode and Vaughan. He’s pretty game on those ones so far.
on December 4th, 2013 at 6:01 pm
Dang. If I ruled my name universe, I would also be Queen of the Number of Children I Have (and their genders, of course)! Yay!
I would have:
Leland Casey Benno- Leland because of where we were raised. Casey after my female cousin, Kacy. Benno after a couple beloved Benjamins.
Briggs Michael Neil- Briggs because I love it. Michael after Saint Michael, and we both love it. Neil after my dad.
Magnolia Mary Ann- Magnolia is a flower, for my mom. Mary Ann is for his.
Cora Jay Rommely- I just love the name Cora. Jay for my grandpa. Rommely for my favorite literary characters.
on December 4th, 2013 at 6:25 pm
If I were the ruler of baby name world I’d go with classy/classic and femine/french. Swoon!
Just to name a few…….
on December 4th, 2013 at 8:33 pm
My husband sort of let’s me have free reign already (he has vetoed a couple of my more outlandish choices and in hindsight, he was right … just don’t tell him that). I would change our last name in a heartbeat. Our last name ends in S which means that all the lovely boy names that end in S just sound silly when paired with our last name. No Cassius, Augustus, Rufus, or Maximus for us 🙁
Besides that, I can usually talk him in to whatever name I like.
on December 4th, 2013 at 8:57 pm
My daughter’s name is Rosemary Olivia. While we both love her first name and have no regrets about it, Olivia wouldn’t have been my first choice in the middle spot. I would have gone with Sylvie, because it means “from the forest” which I just love, or Arella, because it’s hebrew (my family is Jewish) and flows well with Rosemary. That being said, I like Olivia too.
on December 4th, 2013 at 9:54 pm
Oh my goodness, what choices I have to make!
Okay, let’s see, I’d like to have a mixture between names I adore with family names (from both sides I won’t be selfish). Girls would hands down have to be Beatrice Nola Faye (or Jane, for future MIL), Hazel Eleanor Eve, Thisbe Flora Caroline. I’m a little wishy washy with my boys right now but I’m leaning towards Peregrine “Perry” August, Kaius Samuel, and Stellan Leander.
I would keep my boyfriend’s last name, 2 syllables and Italian it gives a little kick at the end 😉
on December 4th, 2013 at 10:17 pm
The oldest would have been Tyler Charles. The next would have been Jackson Spencer or Graham Jacob (actually his name.) girls would be AnnaLynne Kay and Lorena Kathryn
on December 4th, 2013 at 10:47 pm
My fiance and I have almost all our names for future children picked.. most names I have offered, though he has picked a few and generally likes what I like..
Girls names are proving to be more difficult.. none seem to feel “just right”
on December 5th, 2013 at 12:14 am
I love names which are not too rare for boys, but have enough charm (either the first or middle name) to be unique (and most of them are family names, which is a bonus!!):
For girls I love names that sound timeless, and that either have strong meanings or vintage quirkiness (which are also family names):
Eleanor (Nellie) Agnes
Laurel (Laurie) Jane
on December 5th, 2013 at 2:17 am
Something my husband said today reminded me of this post.
I was watching Pride & Prejudice today, and hubby knows I am a big fan of all things P&P and that I absolutely LOVE Mr.Darcy (LOL). Anyway he asks me what Mr.Darcy’s first name is, and I told him ‘ Fitzwilliam ‘ . He stood there and pondered for a second and told me SERIOUSLY that I could name our future child that…not that I would call our future child Fitzwilliam, but all I could think was… wow, I can probably choose anything I want without too much ruffled feathers, since he totally gave me permission to name our child after Mr.Darcy. lol
on December 5th, 2013 at 7:21 am
I would definitely change our last name because it ends ‘er’ which upsets all the ….a names that I love
so with the different ending, then I could have
Wilhelmina Elowen/Rowan Frances-nn Willa/Mina, he thinks I’m just joking about Wilhelmina, just won’t take it seriously
Theodora/Dorothea Laurel Helen- nn Dora
Claudette Evelyn Gray- nn Ettie, Unfortunately not looking v far into the future, we named our French breed dog ‘Claude’
Reuben Cato George- nn Ben
Abraham Augustus Fox-nn Bram
Sebastian Frederick Lucas- he really dislikes Sebastian, I love it & the nn Bash
on December 5th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
While I don’t have a partner nor am I imminently having children, I love the name Ophelia and already anticipate my mum/future partner being opposed to naming a child after someone so tragic (i don’t care though!)
on December 5th, 2013 at 2:58 pm
Matthew James (Matt)
Dexter Alexander (Dex)
Bellamy Alessandra (Belle)
Cordelia Romilly (Cora or Delia)
These are among my favorites. It’s too hard to choose!
on December 5th, 2013 at 10:25 pm
Well I don’t have a husband yet. But if I was choosing they would probably be;
Malachi Eric Troy
Lucian Nesta Phoenix
Rocco Hendrix Saul
Valentina “Nina” Summer
Luna Ivy River
Selah Irie Starr
And they would have the last name Marley. ( because in my perfect world I would be married to a Marley… preferably Stephen!)
on December 6th, 2013 at 2:05 pm
With my husband being from Sicily, it’s probably going to be Fiammetta, Fiorella, or Dolce. But my guilty pleasure name is Dove.
on December 7th, 2013 at 5:49 pm
I have no husband, or prospects but I do have names that I’d love for my kids to be. I’ve decided that my first child will be named after my mother, Jeorjina (Georgina with J’s), and my grandfather (His middle name is Reyes). A girl would be Georgianne Mireya, with the nickname being either Gigi, which is adorable, or Grey, which would take the G from my mom’s honor name and the Rey from my grandpa’s, but my family doesn’t approve of.
If I have a boy first, he would be Reyes George, nickname Rey, because despite the royal baby inevitably boosting George to popularity, I find Reyes more accessible than George.
My second child would be named after my brother, Emilio, and cousin, Jermina, who is more a twin than a cousin, given our connection. So a boy would be Milo Jeremiah and a girl would be Emilia Geramyn. My cousin isn’t thrilled that I’d be naming my kid after her because she hated her name growing up. I’m not sure about nicknames for them though.
Another name I’d love to use is Elena Aurelia, after my maternal grandparents’ mothers. My grandma was thrilled at hearing her mother’s name could potentially live on, but was less than thrilled at finding out that her mother’s name would be in the middle. But, Aurelia Elena just doesn’t sound the same to my ears, so Elena Aurelia it is.
I’d also like to have a couple of Margaret’s, because I can’t decide between nicknames Maisie and Greta, both of which I love but neither of which I’m brave enough to put on a child alone. They would probably be Margaret Verity and Margaret Justine. I’d also like a Prudence Faye, because I’d love a little Prue.
That’s a lot of kids… I don’t think I have the energy.
on December 7th, 2013 at 10:24 pm
I’d definitely go with much more stuffy, antiquey, victorian names like Eleanor, Eugenie, Evelyn, Margery, and Helena for girls and Basil, August, Arthur, and Percival for boys. I might also throw some neat names from mythology in there too: Hermione or Persephone or Achilles. My husband tends to like trendier names like Kennedy and London, so we have to work really hard to find names we both like.
on December 8th, 2013 at 12:53 am
The names I like happen to be satisfactory to my Husband except Llewellyn, so its a middle name.
1.) Haytham Theodore Winthrope
2.) Beacon Leopold Brynmor
3.) Casimir Voltaire VyVyan
4.) Kester Cassander Prospero
5.) Beresford Wolstan Merritt
6.) Granville Orestes Montmorency
7.) Arthur Phillip Llewellyn
1.) Clarimond Lavender Ottillie
2.) Corisande Snowdrop Parthenia
3.) Pomeline Snow Belle
4.) Aramantha Philomena Cossette
5.) Cipriana Temperance Antigone
6.) Clarity Lilac Wilhelmina
7.) Theodocia Bethia Emerence
8.) Bellisant Bellamira Delphine
Leopold, Theodore, Ottille, Parthenia, Philomena, and Wilhelmina are all family name. Two middle names a family tradition, and who doesn’t like a little extra extravagance. 🙂
on December 8th, 2013 at 1:06 am
Also, I like Heloise Augusta Lusitania
I guess I should have mentioned the last name is Cash. My husbands name is Kelvin, and mine is Winter. So antique quilty pleasure names are necessary because of our first names and such a soft femminine sounding last name.
on December 8th, 2013 at 5:36 pm
I 100% would leave the last name Cool at the door. Yes, that’s seriously my future children’s last name. Cool is gone and in is any Irish last name my family has to offer but my own… Carter, McNamara, McGurn, McKenna, McDonough… O’Cool or McCool would even be better than just Cool!
Oh and I’d be naming my boys Sean, Connor, Samuel and Patrick not any name that starts with “r” per his family’s tradition.
on December 9th, 2013 at 11:02 am
If it really didn’t matter… I didn’t need to consider his heritage, sounds he can say, etc… I’m not sure. I love Ephraim, Eliezer, Malachy, Anton, Quentin, Keane, Casper, Caspian, and Malcolm for boys. All those are out… For girls, I’d probably go for Amaryllis, Renata, Savina, Jessamine, Soraya, and Delphine. He’s decidedly less eccentric with names. So the real list becomes Soren (praying we only have 1 boy), and Roxana, Parisa, or Camellia. Giving up the names doesn’t seem like a big deal, though, as names we both like make for a more harmonious home.
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