If Your Partner Named Your Kids….

It was an intriguing question posed over on the forums: What would your children be named, if your partner had complete control?

In my case, my husband would have chosen names from his family tree….very very sleepy names.

Our daughter would be named Molly instead of RoryMolly Rose. Or maybe Rose Elizabeth, after my husband’s grandmother and mother.

One of our sons would probably have been John and the other one Edward, called Ned. I’m guessing John Richard and Edward Victor. All serviceable choices but…..yawn.

Of course, turn the tables and my husband would say my unedited choices would be unacceptably outrageous. Flora, Otis, and Penn, maybe. Sounds fantastic to me.

But right now, imagine that you’ve surrendered all control over baby-naming and your partner has carte blanche. What would he or she choose, for children present or future?

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augusta_lee Says:

May 14th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

My ex-girlfriend wanted to name all our kids after characters from Joss Whedon shows. If it were up to her we would’ve had a Echo, a Kaywinnit, and a Buffy, or possibly a Xander, a Malcolm, and a Dr. Horrible. Fortunately Whedon has great taste — River! Cordelia! Simon! — so in an alternate universe in which we had kids, they would at least have been well-named.

wanderlux Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:08 am

Dated a guy who wanted a daughter named Paris and a son named Athens.

“Are you kidding.” I said.

Then again he thought my Lucy and Henry were absolutely outrageous.

Amy_Boyd Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:16 am

@augusta_lee As a Joss Whedon fan I think that is totally awesome πŸ™‚

imogeneve Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:28 am

My partner did name both our children (first names only, I chose the middles), and yes, they were from his family tree – Oscar and Nora. I’m uncertain about his choices for our third child though, (either William or Adelaide), so I’ll be naming this one!

capturedcastle Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:54 am

My husband would call them “Number 1” and “Number 2” until they were old enough to pick out their own names.

Seriously he would get such a kick out of it. “Number 1, go mow the lawn!”

alphabetdem Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:55 am

I can relate to @augusta_lee. I think if I mentioned this to my bf, he would totally steal that idea.

I coincidentally asked him about this the other day. He likes clunky Scandinavian and Germanic names for boys and Asian-sourced names for girls. He’s thrown around Magnus, Gerhardt, Conrad for boys and Hitomi for a girl. I can’t even remember more of them, probably because I hate them so much!

This completely flabbergasts me, as I don’t understand this at all. I like lush, full names with softer sounds and long histories behind them. I also have a hard time stealing other people’s cultures. We’re gonna have a hard time when we have to do it for real!

sarah15 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:36 am

Ari for a boy and Isobel for a girl. Not bad really, except that a family member of mine (that we don’t see and he has only met once by chance) already has a son named Ari and I would worry about the popularity of Isobel.

moonkai Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:44 am

Augusta_lee – yep, Joss Whedon does have some great options – I personally love Inara, Xander, and Winifred nn Fred!

My husband likes short, “normal” names, so I imagine he’d choose names like John, Steve, Gail, and Ellen. Luckily, he has not offered up a single name that he actually “likes”.

redwoodfey Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:48 am

Haha @augusta_lee both SO and I are in danger of naming children after Whedon characters. We both adore Willow, as a name and a character. We live in Alaska and Willow is one of the Palins, so that’s out.

If SO had carte blanche he’d name a daughter Gabrielle (probably from Xena), Dominique, Seraphina (we both love this one), Ariel (pretty sure this is due to his boyhood crush on the little mermaid…), Angelique. He likes very feminine names for a daughter. He also has a strange love for Justine, which I haven’t quite figured out yet.

His favorite boys name is Damian, but he also likes Romulus, Desmond, Octavius, Atticus, Maximus and Duncan. He doesn’t have terrible taste, really. There are some of his favorites I hate, but I like (even love) a great many.

rachel27 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:50 am

@CapturedCastle — hilarious! My husband makes those exact same jokes. (half-jokes…??? hmm…) But his other options are all names he feels comfortable with. I’d prefer a name nobody we know has, but he likes the idea of a Matthew, a David, and an Emily. Ugh. The one name we agreed on before we got married was Eleanor. We’ll see if we end up using it.

lauwills Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:00 am

My boyfriend would name our kids Isaac and Alyssa.

I’m hoping for a Crew and an Arden!

sarahmezz Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:15 am

Oh, good lord! He would definitely name a son Samuel James (first name after his father, second name after himself). Not bad, but not great, either. Names he’s thrown around for a daughter: Esther, Rachel, Samantha. He likes Audrey, too (which was my suggestion). I think our children would have very boring and very 80s names if it was up to him!

Ireland Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:28 am

Oliver Gregory, Bradley David, Julian Lawrence, and Piper Molly!!

dalb Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 3:07 am

I love a lot of Joss Whedon names – Joss is on our list for our bub due in October, Alexander would be a frontrunner if it weren’t for a horrendous surname clash, and my partner won’t let me use Wesley (working on her for Westley ala Princess Bride though).

If she had named our first – well, depends on the level of assistance. If she were completely left to her own devices DD would have been nameless or possibly called one of her half-hearted suggestions Rhiannon, Melissa or Cassandra. Once I did the leg work in finding and suggesting names though, she zeroed in on Claudia, which we ultimately used. I wanted Harriet as a frontrunner but was happy either way -given ultimate no-input choice I would have named her Saskia.

We’re in the same position for our second – if left to her own devices no name would come up. I’ve suggested 100% of the names on our boys list and all but the aforementioned three for girls. However for a boy she’s really keen on Julian – an early favourite of mine but I’ve completely gone off it. I’d choose between Miles, Joss, Connor, Wesley or Graham myself but she’s only into the first two and neither are a perfect fit for surname, sibset etc. We’ve not really discussed girl preferences due to having a strong girls list and nothing completely suitable for boys – we’ll see in a couple of weeks which list we have to choose from.

slave bracelets Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 3:22 am

Husband would have had a Mathilda, Charlie and a Felix.. Not bad but I love the names we chose together so much more

kyemsma Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 4:40 am

Michael (yawn) for a boy, and Elizabeth for a girl, which was too long with our last name.

Courtin Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 5:11 am

My boyfriend doesn’t bring up names often, but when he does, I’m usually surprised-pleasantly or otherwise. Most of the girl names are typical 80s/90s- Sarah, Jessica, Ashley. Or Rita, after his grandmother. Not a fan. He once mentioned liking Liza, which I could maybe deal with as Eliza is one of my favorites.
For boys, we are much more on the same page. He suggested Cullen, which I like, but wouldn’t use due to the Twilight/vampire reference. But I do love Cohen, so he might go for that. He also likes Colby and Mitchell, which I don’t mind.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 5:18 am

From the last time DH gave me 100% his own input he suggested Arthur and Leon for a little boy. Previous suggestions from him had been Dante and Virgil, not because he loves the writers but because he loves the Devil May Cry franchise.
A girl might have wound up as Snow or Starr but with some careful nudges he’ll agree on names like Blaire and Milena.

If i had free reign a son would be Isaiah James or Simon Tate and a daughter would be Delilah Coraline or Fiona.

Mclevine Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 5:20 am

My boyfriend is a conservationist in names. He would probably use some of his relatives’ names – so a girl would be Winn, Valerie or Patricia and a boy – Fred, Michael or Simon. Not bad names but I like them a bit different so we finally agreed on Cornelia.

PinkPenguin87 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 5:51 am

Well, my ex did pick our daughter’s name, which is Rebecca. I wanted Savannah or MaKenna. I picked our son’s name, which is Elijah. If he’d had his way, the poor kid would’ve been called Dean.

frf1537 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 6:07 am

My fiancΓ© wants only one name…Beastman. At a breaking point I had considered letting him use it as a second middle name (as in let him put it on the birth certificate and then never tell anyone about it and pretend he only had one) but that brought forth the suggestion Captain Jack Beastman, which unfortunately was a reference to Captain Sparrow, not Harkness ;). Every other name he has given me I have liked (Arya, Beatrix, Rikkon) he just can’t get past this ridiculous name.

BritishAmerican Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 6:45 am

Our children would have been Lucy, Samuel & George, instead of being Rose, Henry & George.
He did get to pick #3’s name and luckily I liked it & it went well with our first two, so I didn’t have to “talk him out of it”. πŸ˜›

I don’t really know about middle names. He did pick our first son’s middle name (after his grandpa) so I guess it would have been Samuel Robert. I thought Samuel was kind of boring. And I preferred Lucinda over Lucy for our daughter, but he didn’t like Lucinda. He liked Cassandra and Camilla for girl names too, so perhaps Lucy Cassandra or Lucy Camilla. I picked #3’s middle name, since my husband was picking the first name – so I don’t even think I asked him for input on that one. Ooops.

Sunshine Kid Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:12 am

We have only discussed it once but from that I gathered that his favorites are Maggie and George. Although they are not my favorites but they are good names.

Pam Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:16 am

Uh……Beastman???? Words fail me.

And I think we need a Bonus Blog on Whedon Names! Any volunteers?

missrae Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:29 am

If completely up to my partner, our (probably) redheaded future children would be name-ready to assume the stereotypical stepchild role in a sitcom or be shoe-ins for House Slytherin. Lucius is the top choice for a boy. (I think I could compromise for Lucien). Beatrix for a girl (which I am coming around to, but vastly prefer Beatrice). I think the love of my life has been subliminally influenced by JK Rowling.

littlemissmariss Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:30 am

Ours would be super trendy πŸ™ Emily Jade “Emma”, Riley, Harley, Whitney, Nicole, Trisha… dated and trendy names it seems <3

Mine on the other hand… old fashioned gems! πŸ˜› Clementine, Mabel, Harriet.. haha πŸ™‚

Boys are pretty agreed on for us, we have similar styles. We adore Archer and Roman for boys, and are pretty set we'll use them πŸ™‚

maggiefromcanada Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:34 am

I coerced my husband into a “what names do you like?” discussion the other day, and was disappointed to find that his only suggestions for girl names are Shirley and Helen. Apparently we are having children in the 1930s…. He thought Helena was too much and scoffed at Estella and Anastasia. Fortunately we already agree on a boy name!

roselang Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:43 am

I’m expecting a boy on June 9th! My husband’s list is:


I think he’s secretly been reading Nameberry πŸ™‚

Chelsz26 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:03 am

If my husband could have his way, he would name our future sons :
Tron (seriously)

His choices With girls names are much better. But he loves those awful names for boys. And he thinks my favorites ( Luke, Liam, Harrison, and Colton) are awful. I even tried to get on board with his super hero theme. His response : “If it’s Luke, his middle name has to be skywalker”… Ummm, no.

ssweeney Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:19 am

I remember always joking around with my hubby about this when I was pregnant. Thankfully, we had a boy, and we both were completely on board with the name we had chosen for him. But if it had been a girl — forget it. He favors what I like to call ’80s names’ — his favorite choices for a daughter were Michelle, Nicole, Heather, or Shannon. I had to very sweetly remind him that as a child of the 80s myself, most of my closest friends already have these names; therefore they were off the table. πŸ˜€

GrecianErn Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:20 am

My husband would have picked Keegan and Grace or Ava. We went with Weston. (and had Greyson if he had been a girl.)

This time around, he’s a lot more open. Keegan is still his favorite boy’s name, and it’s slightly growing on me. He currently likes Sawyer and Everly for girls, and agrees with me on Griffin and Sebastian for boys. We meet in the middle pretty well.

But he never really gets invested in a name until I’m pregnant. he’ll play the name game and give opinions and offer suggestions, but nothing serious until he knows it’s happening for real. He’s a very serious namer. πŸ˜‰

EssJay Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:21 am

Michael and Katherine. Either that, or it would be after one of his favourite sports people. I can see us having pretty classically named children, given the sort of names he thinks are ‘weird’ – ones that are in the UK top 50 he sees as being really ‘unusual’…we’ll see when we come around to having an actual child to name.

GrecianErn Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:30 am

@ Pam – Whedon-World post would be great. He really does give his characters outstanding names… and so many Berries have Whedon inspired names!!!

Great idea!

Arlina Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:32 am

I know that if my dad had had his way my brother Jacob would have been Ishmael – in very boring conservative suburbia my name was a shock to people so that would have blown people’s minds!!!

Lo Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:34 am

For girls: Our first girls would have been Casey and Sam(antha). Now he’d go with Nell, Tess, or Lucy.
For boys: Philip, Andrew, Peter

Danni Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:46 am

If left to his own devices completely, SO would probably choose Sarah and Patrick.

However, now that I’ve influenced him with my passion for names, he is a huge advocate of Milo and Ariadne. In fact, we’ve totally agreed on Milo as a frontrunner πŸ™‚

Names4real Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:50 am


I’ll do a Wheadon inspired blog for you guys.

mclola Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:54 am

my husbands favorite name for a girl is Harley. I told him that is never going to happen.

MattieMabel Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:55 am

I kind of already knew, but I decided to ask my husband to see what he would say. His favorite boys name is Jonah (our sons name). But other than that, he likes Jared Nathaniel, after himself (Jared) and his first nephews middle name (Nathaniel). Although he claims he doesn’t like either name. Ha! He thinks it would be fun to see if his son Jared, would carry on the name and for how long. And then he said ” I may not like Jared or Nathaniel, but he (our son) might”. These were the same names he mentioned to me 6 years ago before we were even officially dating (and he has been dodging my baby name conversations ever since!). But luckily didn’t come up at all when naming our son. His girl choice is Piper. Although 6 yrs. ago it was Mercy.

ssterikoff Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:00 am

If left to his own devices, DH would have either never named the kids or named them after his mother and sister (Kathleen, Janet). When seriously pressed when I was pregnant with our older daughter, and told that there were to be no ex-girlfriend names or his mom or sister’s names, he could only come up with Miriam. I’m not a fan of Miriam.

danielle Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:07 am

My husband named our daughter Kaya. I got the middle names though…not sure what he would have picked, probably Summer. Kaya is after a Bob Marley song that he adores, although I dread the day she figures out what the song is actually about! (hint: it rhymes with schmerawana…)

corvus Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:13 am

If my husband had complete control:

Boy: Thor, Odin, Wayne, Nikolai
Girls: Wednesday, Tabitha, Freya, Cordelia

While his taste in boy names is questionable, we are similar in our naming-style for girls, thankfully.

KatieNana Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:25 am

If I gave my SO free reign the name for our future son would be Aragorn Nathaniel “Nathan” and for a girl Leona Jade (Leona after his grandmother). He also like Raiden after the Mortal Combat character and Indiana for a boy. I think I could live with Nathan or Indiana “Indy” although I prefer Indiana for a girl. Leona I am happy to concede to but I wasn’t a fan of Jade so we agreed on a different middle.

jebaldas Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:26 am

My dear DS would have been Eden and hypothetically girl would be Sienna.

caty_beth89 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:37 am

My husband really liked Sara, Flora, and Sephora. If it had been left totally up to him, he probably would have named our daughter Temperance though. He loves that name. I like it too, but couldn’t imagine actually using it as a first name and he didn’t like it in the middle. We ended up compromising with a name we both love, Arwen.
For our son we both completely agreed upon his name. If our daughter had been a boy we again agreed completely on boy names.

nikkiolle Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:50 am

Its interesting, my husband likes fanciful names just like I do.. but I think his are too out there. He would name twin girls Lorelei and Valkerie.. while Lorelei is on my tops list.. a twin Valkerie would not be. He also has mentioned Aurora, Persephone, Artemis. For boys he likes less fanciful Hugh.

Pam Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 9:56 am

You’re on, Names4Real, or were you volunteering too, GrecianErn? Or do you want to collaborate? Email me at pam@nameberry.com.

And roselang, I’m laughing! As secret husband activities go, visiting Nameberry is one we totally applaud.

OliviaJayne Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:16 am

If my husband had names our twins on his own our son would be called Jackson ( not too bad but very coomon where we live) and our daughter would be called…….Vera! With such an old fashioned name being his favourite I asked if it was after someone in his family but I was surprised when he said ‘No I just always liked it’. Luckily when they were born he was open to compromise.

I also know that I’d my father had name myself and my 4 siblings without my mother then we would all have names inspried by ‘The Beatles’. How much would I be laughed at I’d gone to school telling everyone I had a brother called McCartney and a sister called Ringo! Thank goodness for my mother is all I can say!

Alexia Mae Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:17 am

Josiah and I are on board with boys names, and we’re getting there with girls. But he’s definitely more traditional for boys, thus our son is Judah David instead of my favorite, Judah Landon.
If Judah had been a girl, Josiah was set on Sequoia, Jacoby or Jada, while I loved Cassia. He’s definitely more creative for girls. There’s a glimmer of hope, though, that we’re agreeing on Penelope if our next one is a girl.

esully15 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:39 am

Luke and Allie. I have convinced him out of Allie, but I think he is too far in love with the name Luke to talk him out of it. Sigh…

linda Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:47 am

@names4real–Did you know that Joss W.’s own kids are named Arden (boy) and Squire (girl)?

lovelywillow Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:50 am

If my husband had free reign he would choose Tiberius, Lucien, Gaius or Augustus for a boy.

He loves Miriam, Mirabelle, Evangeline, Augusta, and Catherine for a girl.

If I had twin daughters and had no input from him they would be Clementine and Rosemary. Love. He hates both πŸ™

For a boy I would choose Henry and Oliver. He hates both of those as well πŸ™

shinysarah11 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:57 am

My husband Eric wants an Eric Jr. I’m extremely against it!! As a banker, I can’t tell you how much identity fraud and confusion a junior can cause someone. One of my customers came back “Dead” on a credit report because his father with the same name had died and the credit bureau accidentally claimed he died, not his father!!! This happens a lot! And as much as I love my husband, one Eric is more than enough in my book!!

Names4real Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:59 am

@linda, I did not! I’ll definitely add his kids’ names to the blog.

SammieBug Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:06 am

When we found out that I was pregnant, my husband informed me that no matter what gender he wanted a child named Lennon. While I don’t hate the name I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of having a little girl named Lennon. So I told him when we found out the gender we would see. After discovering I had twin girls on board we both agreed on the name Madison to honor my grandmother Madeline. But, he still pushed for Lennon. I love my husband very much, but I put my foot down at this and refused to have a Madison and Lennon. Eventually we came to an agreement. Now that I think about it, Lennon is actually a very cute name for a girl.

SammieBug Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:06 am

When we found out that I was pregnant, my husband informed me that no matter what gender he wanted a child named Lennon. While I don’t hate the name I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of having a little girl named Lennon. So I told him when we found out the gender we would see. After discovering I had twin girls on board we both agreed on the name Madison to honor my grandmother Madeline. But, he still pushed for Lennon. I love my husband very much, but I put my foot down at this and refused to have a Madison and Lennon. Eventually we came to an agreement. Now that I think about it, Lennon is actually a very cute name for a girl.

SammieBug Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:08 am

Sorry for the double post πŸ™‚

Landenwich Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:18 am

My husband has named all our kids so far: Ellie, Emery, expecting an Emmett or Evie.
I did get to name Ellie – Elinor as her full name. I fought for Isla for our 2nd and lost. I’ve always loved Nolan for a boy but Emmett was my 2nd choice. Still not sold on Evie who will have the full name Evelyn. I would prefer Eden or Maisie.

kellbell23 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:19 am

Oh my goodness. Spartacus Maximus or Optimus Prime. We ended up with a girl, and he still wanted to name her Spartacus. I cannot roll my eyes dramatically enough to express how I feel about that!

AmandaChristine Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:32 am

Our son would have been Sullivan and a potential daughter would be Primrose if it were up to my husband. He has a thing for Primrose, I have no idea why. Our son Theodore probably would have been just Theo, but my husband has said he is glad we went with the full Theodore and use Theo as a nickname πŸ˜€

Gigi_mk Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:37 am

When I was pregnant with my daughter, five years ago, my husband suggested Ashley, Shay and Michelle. I said no immediately. He liked nothing that I picked out, but he finally said “I could deal with Malia” which was my choice.

Luvinbeingmomma Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:46 am

Steve or Jim for a boy…not short for Steven or James…just Steve or Jim :). His third choice, Matthew, is more my style.

For a girl…Jessica, Emily, Kathryn, Alyssa or Whitney. Jessica is the only one that is surely a “no” for me. Kathryn I could happily get on board with. I especially like the nns Kat or Kate.

If the tables were turned:
For boys, we would have a Reid, Clark or Peter.
For girls, an Anne/Annie, Susannah, Cara, Bridget or Charlotte.

KateM91 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I would have boys with common names, probably a Michael Thomas and Benjamin David. Girls would have “frilly” names, perhaps Magnolia, Penelope, or maybe something more popular like Brooklyn.

MandaPantalones Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:22 pm

My husband has pretty good taste in names. His favorites for girls are Clara, Violet, and Lochlan. For boys it is mainly just Alistair at this point. We also have talked about Joss Whedon names, particularly Malcolm, Simon, Willow, and Caroline. I actually have a name list on here dedicated to Joss Whedon tv show character names.

ottilie Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

The names my fiance suggested in the beginning of our naming process were not great, Fearne (he’s got a crush on Fearne Cotton), Rachel (ditto on ms. Khoo), Guy, various cricket player and musician names (Bruce, Leonard, Bob). But when he got into the process for real, the names he suggested were great. He was the one who pushed for Rosalind (which we ended up naming our daughter). For a boy he really wanted Gawain or Antony. He’s a huge nameberry fan though, he was on here all the time doing research (I even saw him browsing through the site yesterday, even though there’s no baby to name at the moment!).

cannebella Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I don’t have a husband or partner but I thought I would share what my dad would have named me and my sisters if he got the chance. I’m prefer such we would all have football related names as my dad is football mad. I’m not sure what my sisters’ were going to be called if they were boys but I was going to be Aiden Henrik/Larsson all after footballers. I wouldn’t have actually minded that name as I don’t know any Aidens’ my age so I think it’s a good choice.

Lunaaah Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I don’t have a husband or a partner, but I once discussed this with a guy I dated. I was absolutely gobsmacked when he brought it up (yes, HE brought it up. Not me. Him.) but less impressed when he chose the only boys name that I really truly despise (I won’t mention it, because I don’t want anyone to be offended, even though I doubt my fellow nameberries would be very impressed with it either), and Christina, which I really don’t care for at all with the danish pronunciation, for a girl. Cringe.

kimberley13 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Me: (texting Husband): If I had no veto, and you had to name boy/girl twins RIGHT NOW, what would you name them?

Husband: Hannibal Skywalker and Rachael Cleopatra

Me: No, seriously…

Husband: How am I not being serious?


He does like some lovely girls’ names: Annabell(a), Romilly, Felicity, Genevieve (girly names that are WAY too long when matched with our surname).

Also, I feel like I should mention that Hannibal is after the great military strategist and not the serial killer (!). I wish I could convince him to like a few of the other “great warriors of history” names… I know there are some great ones!

kimberley13 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Oops, there was supposed to be a SIGH in the middle of that <<<>>>

ariannew Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

My husband named DS#1, Nicolas Alexander. DS#2 would have been Benjamin Adam instead of Ethan Scott. If I had free reign, DS#1 would have been Ronan Alexander and #2 would have been Caleb Scott. DH doesn’t discuss names if I’m not pregnant and even when I am he must be aware of the gender, so I am not sure what his girl choice would be…Maybe Mara. He used to like Anastasia but someone he doesn’t like much used the name and he can’t get past the association. I have given him fair warning though, DDs middle name will be Jane, and I’m hoping He’ll go for Elinor/Eleanor as a first.

jessesgirl Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

If my husband had named our son on his own he would probably be named Dexter ( I do like this one) or Bartholomew ( um wont happen) or Cornelius ( won’t happen either )

We don’t have a daughter but we did look at girls names when we were pregnant with our son and he liked Savannah ( it’s ok but not a big fan ) I can’t remember what others he liked.

ariannew Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Oh! When discussing DS#3 my brilliant husband came up with Samuel Adam. No, just no. I could deal with one or the other but not together! Sam Adams lager, anyone? The Adam part is after his grandfather and I’m happy to use it, but the Samuel is from Samuel Adams. (For historical reasons. We actually don’t drink at all.) He calls it killing two bird’s with one stone. I don’t know what to call it… I sure could use some suggestions though!

Roux Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I’m not currently in a relationship so I asked a close friend of mine what his ideal family would be if he got to pick gender, birth order and names. He said he wanted female triplets named January, Summer and Autumn! (He has a major crush on January Jones and just thought the other two went nicely.)

raqkel Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Mine would name the kids Elizabeth, Megan, or Stephanie, and William, Nathan, or Joshua.

I would named the kids Lily, Ruth, or Isabella, and Finn, Graham, or Maddox.

Roux Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

@ariannew It’s not quite the same as Samuel Adam because it’s two kids, but I know a couple that has two sons: Jack and Daniel. Theoretically they go nice together but I can’t help but think of Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey.

crystal959 Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

My husband had complete control over naming our second daughter. I didn’t even know until we were on the way to the hospital to deliver. He chose Caroline.

encore Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

My boyfriend wants “juniors”. a boy after him, and a girl after me. NO WAY!

LadyCap Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

My husband is into Viking literature, so he keeps suggesting Grimm for a boy and Valkyrie for a girl.

GigiGibbons Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

For boys my husband would have picked Gabriel and Henrik, who were in turn born females and named Mia and Gemma. I named Ava while my husband was in Canada and we were technically broken up at the time. Now that he has three daughters he has zero interest in girl names. πŸ˜›

If God wanted to have a good laugh and I turned up pregnant again and I was given absolute power in naming: Ambrose Declan for a boy and Roma Aubrielle/Olivia Beatrice for a girl.

Keyla Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

My ex wanted to name a girl Honesty and a boy Champ. I mean, I LOVE word names, but there’s not a chance in you know what that I’d bestow those monikers upon my offspring. He also wanted to name a boy after himself, but I don’t do Jr.s!

Jade_Connor Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

My ex-boyfriend loved the name Burke for a boy…I hate it. It makes me think of Birkenstocks or Dooney & Bourke.

However, we both loved the name Ava for a girl.

My current favorite names are Sebastian, Forrest, August, and Dawson for a boy and Tegan, Easton, Matilda, and Willa for a girl.

Leli_ Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

My son would have been John 117 (after Master Chief in the Halo games) or Sylar (after a serial killer on Heroes). I told him you couldn’t use numbers as names according to Canadian law (no idea whether that’s true) and that I’d consider Silas but not Sylar.

For girls, he likes Claire. I got my way by giving her both his mother’s and grandmother’s names as middles. If we har another girl, I’ll see if I can edge him toward Clara.

ariannew Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

@Roux, Jack and Daniel are perhaps worse than Samuel Adam, since at least if theoretical DS#3 were to introduce himself he would say, “Hi, my name is Samuel W*****y.” No middle needed for an introduction. πŸ˜‰

liviajoan Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

When we first brought up this conversation, my boyfriend said his favorite names were Donovan, Simon, Lucretia, and Carmilla. I really hated the girls names and I was only okay with Simon and iffy about Donovan.

I asked him what he would do now, and he told me he liked Felix and Donovan for a boy, and Penelope and Aurelia for a girl. I like this list much better now. c:

Trillium Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Before I gave him “the education”, mine liked some saccharine sweet nickname names for girls and German to the point of funny names for boys. I’ve worked wonders with him since but if he’d had his way, at one point our dear children would have been:
Elsie Leena (I hear babies chortling whenever I think of this name, too much!)
Elly Nora (just Elly as a first, and yes, spelled with a y.)
Ana Marie (this one’s not rainbows and marshmallows, but it’s so…plain. Especially with our boring last name).
And for boys, all you need to know is Wolf Carl-Heinz.

AvieGrace Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

If it were up to my dad I would have been named after Jerry Garcia. It was the only idea he put forward.

Tirzah Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Leli, you know that Claire is also from Heros, right? She was the cheerleader played by Hayden Panetierre.

Hubby pretty much let me pick my two girls’ names myself. I do know he liked Quinn for a girl and was onboard with Xander for a boy.

taliface Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Names he likes: Marcellus (it’s a family name), Erasmus, Ellis, Elias, Aleena, Pauline (blegh!), Penelope, Valentine, Leoba.

We have similar naming styles, thank goodness, and I love some of those. I also despise a couple of them, which is fair because that’s how he feels about some of my names. We’re both pretty happy with our compromise list. Now, to get pregnant!

Jessa Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

His girl favorites are Mary and Blanche. His boy favorites are Baldwin, Comnenus, or Cincinnatus. (Byzantine history, much?)

CourtneyMarie Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

We would have Augustus or Octavius for a boy and Helen for a girl. I cringe…these names just aren’t my style!

KickinKay Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

My boyfriend loves Sasha for a girl, which I do like even though it’s a little trendy cheerleaderish for my taste, but I could live with it. For a boy, he wants Django James, a little out there but I really do like the way it sounds. However since I don’t want to put my son through the torture of “No that’s with a D, but it’s silent”, I think we’ll be sticking with my Griffin Matthew or Leo Harrison.

MissV Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

My husband just told me Anne for a girl and Felix or Feodor for a boy (F name tradition for 1st born boys going back 5 generations).

ruolan Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:16 pm

My DH would choose Mike (just Mike) or Charles nn Charlie for a boy and reuse his mum’s, sister’s, or my name for a girl since he likes familiar girls’ names. If he was feeling particularly creative, we would have Frodo and Galadriel or Isildor and Moriah.

He thinks he has zero say in naming any future children since I’m so obsessed with names. Depending on how old our kids are when we adopt, it may be that neither of us get a say in what they are called.

If I were really naming children completely on my own, you can guarantee they would find one of their names in a book and the other would be international.

bmcook Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

My husband wants Sherman Abrams or Cheyenne Apache.
We’re in the military.

I think he’s joking, but I’m not entirely sure…

misskendra Says:

May 15th, 2013 at 11:08 pm

my husbands suggestions were isabella or ashton which i dont hate but needed something more special for a first. My suggestions were a little out there for him. Roman or Aurora. We both loved Graham and decided thats what our lo would be called

SolariumHeart Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 10:02 am

My husband’s typical response to “what would you like to name the baby?” was Grape, Bob Marley, or Elane.

JessicaT11 Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

James, Joseph, Rebecca, Margaret or Emily. Sensible choices, but we already have still living family members on both sides with these names. Its really confusing when they have the same last name too. Every time we spoke about our children they’d have to be “Little Becky” or “Our James”. I dislike that. I didn’t like being one of 5 Jessica’s at school and I was always glad I was the only one in my family. They are who I spend the most time with anyway.

CaitlynLA Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 1:02 pm

With my first baby, a girl, I asked my hubby for his input on the name because I felt like he should have some say. I handed him a baby name book….he came to the B section and goes “Oh I like Breona (pronounced Bree-on-ah).” Ahhhh I could have cried!!!! I had already told him names from Full House or names that easily could have been on the show were NOT options!! Needless to say, choosing our second baby’s name is completely up to me! He just has to agree πŸ™‚

klutes Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

My ex-fiance wanted to name our children Grace & Camden. Not so bad, but they are just SO popular. Thank goodness I have the chance to find someone who agrees with me on Elinor and Jasper!

nlane825 Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

My husband actually has pretty cool opinions of names I think. His two favorite girl names are Paisley or Etta (his grandma’s middle name) and his two favorite boy names are Wyatt or Charlie. He came up with these names all by himself and told me that he liked them so I thought that was pretty neat since it is totally out of his character and were not ttc yet. Im just glad that he doesnt like super boring or extravegant names because those are not my style at all. πŸ™‚

KateMP91 Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I was reading the new names for 2012 out loud this morning and my honey stopped me at Briggs and said “We are naming our son Briggs”…so, I guess that’s it! Good thing I love it! πŸ™‚

jessieo Says:

May 16th, 2013 at 8:10 pm

My husband is Japanese, but instead of liking all the wonderful Japanese names to chose from, for a boy he loves Taro which is basically the equivelant to John (yawn).
As for girls he always mentions the old 80’s names plus Krista (vomit).
So I guess if he had complete control of names we would have a Taro, Krista and Nicole.

Theres no way in hell he is naming our kids!!

makeupbyjanine Says:

May 17th, 2013 at 1:34 am

Our Vivienne would’ve been Roxanne. Or Lillian after his Grandma.

Mcdonak1 Says:

May 17th, 2013 at 11:08 am

My ex had expressed an interest in Mackenzie. Not my style, and all the worse because I have a Mc- last name, which he wanted to be our daughter’s last name. Mackenzie Mc——…? No, thank you.

I wanted Helen, but he vetoed that. He thought it sounded like an ugly girl.

Taz Says:

May 17th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

My husband would be a better Berrie than me! He loves over-the-top choices and would probably pick Ulysses & Marigold. Once he tried to make me promise that if we had twin boys we would call them Rocky & Rambo.

lookingahead Says:

May 17th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

My hubby wanted to name our first child Rosalind or Rosamund if it had been a girl. The problem? Our last name is pronounced “rash.” I love the Rose-related names, but there will be NO Rosie Rash around my house. We immediately agreed on our sons name almost as soon as we had met. Gabriel Christian is now a strapping little boy. (though I’m sad by how popular it has become in the time since we chose it 11 years ago) That didn’t sway our choice to give it to him anyway though. For the next he wants to name a boy Commodore. Clearly I cannot leave baby naming to my husband. Lol.

Leli_ Says:

May 19th, 2013 at 2:35 pm

@Tirzah Yes, I do! He apparently gets all his name inspiration from tv! Which is fine as long as the name isn’t ONLY a serial killer. Heck, even Dexter has a history beyond the HBO series. I just couldn’t get behind Sylar when there really aren’t any well known instances beyond that one nefarious character.

And to be fair, I probably like Clara more than Claire because of DW, so he’s not the only one finding names in favourite fandoms.

emilybk Says:

May 20th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Our daughter’s first name, Cates, was my husband’s idea – it was his grandmother’s maiden name and his own middle name. We went back and forth on middle names, but my favorite choice, Margaret (after my grandmother), won out. I love her name and am glad my husband has both a well-named grandmother and such good taste!

In my family, my maternal grandfather was supposedly the one with crazy taste in names. He went very conservative with his own children (Margaret Claudia, Anna Russell, and Samuel Wickham, after himself), but my mom says that when she was pregnant, he kept suggesting these insane Puritan names that our ancestors apparently used. His favorite was Mindwell. MINDWELL.

cmarie1123 Says:

June 5th, 2013 at 4:17 am

My fiance swears that we will NOT have a girl. He doesn’t want to have to stay up cleaning his guns when she starts dating. He says we will have 2 boys. The names he brought up?

First, it was Smith and Wesson. I laughed. I thought he was kidding. It got worse.

Winchester (Chester for short)
Colt (I like Colton)
Remington (Which I actually liked)

And if we HAD to have a girl:

Anyone sensing a pattern? Yeah, it’s real bad.
I won’t be leaving him alone with the birth certificate.

sofiarosem Says:

February 26th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

For our current child, I have the names Theodore James & Dahlia Rose in mind.
My boyfriend likes these names, however, if he had his way with their names, they’d be:
William Nathaniel Blake (William after his father, after himself, Blake after his brother)
Leah Hope Noelle (Leah just his fave., Hope after his grandmother, and Noelle after his twin sister)

My top name choices:
Boy: Theodore, Declan, Landon, Bennett & Samuel
Girl: Dahlia, Piper, Hazel, Aurora, & Madeleine

His dream name choices:
Boy: William, Holmes (after Sherlock), Watson (Dr. John), Harry (HP) & Rory (DW)
Girl: Clara (DW), Penelope (HP), Hermione (HP), River (DW), & Joanna (Supernatural)

kmdharrington Says:

March 2nd, 2014 at 7:05 pm

i am a teenberry so i can’t comment on the partner, but i can comment on my father. he wanted to name be Clytemnestra or Iphgenia.

Stella_Starr Says:

May 3rd, 2014 at 11:33 am

My hubby loves to joke around when discussing baby names, so he often says names like: Xtra Cool, Optimus Prime, Peppa Pig… But he also seriously likes: Hercules, Medusa, Delilah, Delightful, Infinity, Crystal, Diamond and Xenia. I actually like those names… but not for our child πŸ™‚

mulme944 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

If my husband were doing all the naming…
our current Travis (a name he picked) Nevin (a name after his beloved Grandfather) would be Jason Nevin, or possibly Jason Merrill after his grandfather’s middle name. (I dated too many Jasons so I said NO WAY, and we compromised with Travis, a name we both find pleasing.) Now that I see how Jase/Jace/Jayce is zooming up the charts, I’m so glad I said no.
Another son, he would name Angus, just because he loves it, and Loudon, another family name. (I’m all for this one!)
Daughters, in his world, would be Madison (ICK!) Grace (after his mommy.) And probably something icky like Kelsey Ann. Thankfully he has me to help with the girls’ names… he has no clue about feminine names!

ashleyf Says:

June 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 pm

@capturedcastle that sounded like it came from my boyfriend. He would without a doubt be in favor of just Number One and Number Two!
There’s 18 years difference between my boyfriend and his youngest brother. Before he was born, they were discussing names and he was in favor of “Sven” because he was going to be #7 in the family.

kmdharrington Says:

June 4th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I don’t have a partner or a spouse, so I will share what my dad would have named me if he had full reign.
My name would probably be something like Clytemnestra Antigone , instead of Katherine Michelle

kmdharrington Says:

June 4th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Or Hypatia

leonoras Says:

June 5th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

My father actually had some pretty interesting name ideas. He wanted to name me Ariadne or Leonora (he likes operatic names) or Hudson if I had been a boy. He wanted to name my brother Lohengrin, which is also an operatic name, but my grandfather hated it (grandpa wanted my brother to be James the tenth in our family). In the end, my brother was named Richard.

mamabear01 Says:

July 23rd, 2014 at 1:01 pm

My would pick Alistar for a boy. My unedited choice is Jude. Our compromise thus far is Bruce or Landon…I’m due Christmas Eve, so I’m trying to wear him down.
For a girl, he would choose Margaret or Virginia, my grandmothers’ names, which I prefer as middle names. My first choice is Jordan right now. His compromise would probably be Alison. I was really into Arden for a while too, but now I like Camellia or Cambria the best.

akannakate Says:

July 31st, 2014 at 3:16 am

My son’s dad (have now split up) would have called our son Apollo which all I could think of was that its the name of the local cinema and Apollo 13. So I said no and named him Rayven after my dad Ray . I’m so glad I didn’t call him Apollo as I really don’t like it. I’ve grown up going to Apollo cinema all my life and couldn’t see it as a name

jessieo Says:

August 2nd, 2014 at 12:55 am

If the baby is a girl my husband would’ve picked Cadence :S
For a boy, since he is Japanese he wanted a Japanese name but picked Taro, the most boring one there is. It’s basically the Japanese equivalent of naming your boy John.

tree_loves_eth Says:

September 2nd, 2014 at 11:54 pm

My Dad suggested Miranda to my dad because it was Shakespearean (she’s a literature teacher), but Mum liked more feminine names such as Anastasia, Olivia, Lara, Ella, and surprisingly (for the ’90s) Deidra and Elspeth. They picked Petrea though, thank goodness!

My boyfriend believes his name is rare (Ethan) and therefore thinks that names such as Ava and Mason are rare – uh oh! If he named our future children, there would be Isla, Emma, Eoin (as in the soccer player) and Matheo. My taste is (I think) a tad rarer, especially for girls (boys can have more common names), and I want to use variations of family names – ie Lillia, Deidra, Owen and Eric. Ultimately, I told him that they will have his surname and I therefore get to pick their names!

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:

November 5th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

My Ex wanted to name a boy after himself and didn’t like any of my suggestions. For a girl he had no names and said he really wanted a son

Egypt Says:

November 5th, 2014 at 6:01 pm

My husband would’ve chosen Johann (pronounced the German way) or Ludwig for our son Otto; Napoleon for our son Remy; Jagger for our son Lewis and Dolores Jr. (after me) for our daughter Gloria. Now for our fifth and final baby, he has his heart set on Rita or Diana (not so bad).

Egypt Says:

November 5th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Hey, I didn’t post the message above! Why does it have my name?

emiliafisher Says:

November 27th, 2015 at 8:38 pm

My husband (a New Zealander) says, strong and manly names for boys with a hard consonant to start with, easy to pronounce, one or two syllables–Bruce, (which I think is a wimpy surfer name like Steve and Craig and Paul). Also, he likes Paul.
For girls, he says names that are clearly feminine and easy to spell with two syllables. Then he chose Teagan-Ann, along with Casey and Kayley. What? Definitely his idea of clearly feminine and easy to spell are different than mine! He also likes Kalika, which seems like a random string of syllables to me.
I like names that are classic but still interesting–I would choose Juliet, Cecily, and Katia for girls. Paired with an interesting middle like Wren or Emerald or Anise. For boys, I would pick Asa, Alec, Emory, or Alistair.
I think if we are lucky enough to have kids we will have an easy time compromising on Jamie or Reuben or Simon. But I’ve dreamed of having girls called Juliet and Cecily for 20+ years, so I will keep on campaigning. Right now our compromise girl names are Nicola, Saskia, imogen, and Keziah.

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