Baby Name Survey: How did you choose your child’s name?
We realize a lot of people come to nameberry to help make their first baby-naming decision, but today we’d like to hear from those parents who’ve already named one or more children with our new baby name survey.
What factors influenced your name choice? Whose advice did you take? How did you finally settle on “the one”?
We’ll be following this up with questions about your opinions on middle names, nicknames, sibling names, etc.
CLICK HERE TO START Part 1 of the baby name survey. We’ll be reporting on the results soon.
THANKS for participating!!
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on January 22nd, 2010 at 10:21 am
Suggested edits to survey:
1) don’t just say “my” heritage, etc… in our case it was more important to reflect dad’s heritage.
2) specify first, middle, last name! I answered the survey based on our child’s first name (instant agreement between me & my husband), but would have had totally different answers re: the middle name (major debates, some arguments).
on January 22nd, 2010 at 10:26 am
The survey form is broken; when you hit continue after the first two questions, it takes you back to the start/main page.
British American Said
on January 22nd, 2010 at 10:45 am
I need an option between these two:
# I decided on the name as soon as I saw the baby
# I agonized until the hospital forced me to make a choice
We didn’t decide as soon as we saw either child, but the hospital didn’t ‘force us’ to decide. I knew we could go home without deciding on a name. We decided after a few hours of each child being born. More like “After the baby was born, but before leaving the hospital.”
I also can’t get past question 2. 🙁 I click next and it takes me right back to the ‘Start Survey’ page.
on January 22nd, 2010 at 11:10 am
I found it hard to answer because my answers are different for each of my children. Maybe suggest up front that respondents answer based on one child only.
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on January 22nd, 2010 at 12:09 pm
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on January 22nd, 2010 at 1:26 pm
I agree with both British American (we didn’t know the sex until baby was born, then hashed out our final choices) and Mayberry (each naming experience was a little different, can we do a survey for each child?)
on January 22nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm
I enjoyed partipating in the survey and had no problems so the glitch must be fixed now. Thanks for the opportunity!
on January 22nd, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Yes, Kerri, you can, if your experiences were substantially different.
British American Said
on January 22nd, 2010 at 3:12 pm
It worked for me now. 🙂 I did it once for my two children, the main difference being that our son has a middle name from our family tree and our daughter doesn’t.
on January 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm
I wish that I could have chosen more than one answer on the sources that helped me choose a name. I ultimately chose “baby name books”, but it really was equally divided with time spent on websites (yours included), as well as other things.
on January 23rd, 2010 at 8:45 pm
With one of my 6, I both talked obsessively about baby name books with anything in my path remotely carbon-based….AND once we settled on a name, kept it hush-hush until after she was born.
In fact, the more you discuss it with people, the more peripheral people in your life think they have a stake (and a right to criticize) in the baby’s eventual name, and the greater the need for a non-disclosure agreement.
I’m glad we have the option of taking the survey for each kid. My naming experiences have been wildly different with each one, and at its worst was literally detrimental to my marriage.
I’ve run the gamut of naming babies pre-conception to trying to stay in the hospital an extra day to buy time for paperwork….naming….hating it…and then legally changing it four months later.
I don’t suppose you guys offer a Baby Name Addiction Recovery Program? 😉
on January 25th, 2010 at 6:40 am
Our daughter is Alexa Paige.
Alexa after my grandfather, Allan.
Paige after my husband’s grandfather, Paul.
on June 23rd, 2010 at 11:23 pm
I had a ridiculously long list of criteria. It had to be “normal” but not popular (>200 on the SSA list). It couldn’t be trendy. For a girl, it HAD to be feminine. It couldn’t be misspelled or yu-neek. A positive (or at least neutral) meaning was a bonus. My husband only cared about normal and feminine.
We landed on Sylvia (after a brief flirtation with Vivian). Love it now and it totally works for her. I can’t see her as anything else.
on November 20th, 2010 at 10:58 pm
We named our daughter after my great-great grandmother Alice. We chose the middle name Melody because we both love music
on August 26th, 2011 at 7:25 am
I bought my first baby name book at a used book store when I was 10 and have been a name nerd ever since. I also had a very firm list of what my future children’s names were going to be by the time I was 20 or so. I also had the complication that my then-husband was going to be somewhere in a submarine underwater for 6 months and sailing when I was 6 months pregnant. Oh and a baby who played coy during ultrasounds. We had to agree on full names for each gender (I was 22 at the time). I remember suggesting a lot of names to a man who vetoed everything but when asked for a suggestion would go “I haven’t thought about it yet”.
And it had to meet my criteria: honor someone I deem worthy, be medieval in origin yet modern in sound and have decent nickname potential. So for a boy we finally settled on Aaron David. Aaron for my beloved grandfather who had passed away when I was 18 (and who’s absence still resonates through my life). David is my dad’s middle name (not a huge fan of his first name as it is a VERY dated 50s name – I grew up with one of those in the 80s and it sucked). For a girl I initially suggested Stevie Rhiannon (because Stevie’s music and lyrics have gotten me through a lot of really hard situations) which eventually got modified into Stephanie Elizabeth (Stephanie is Stevie’s legal first name!) and my middle name, Elizabeth, for her middle name. Plus I loved the meaning “Light, Gift of God” (and she was born right around 9/11 – we needed all the Light we could get). I have multiple editions/permutations of Beyond Jennifer and Jason etc on my shelves.
(almost 10 years later, the name suits her – feminine but still tomboyish – and she’s tried out a wide variety of nicknames)
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