What did your older child want to name the baby?
When i was pregnant with Baby Number 3, my older son, aged three, had lots of ideas about what I should name his little brother.
Rainbow Boy was one prime contender, I remember.
He also had an inordinate fondness for the name Jim. Not a bad name, though I feared that for a baby name expert to name her own sons Joe and Jim might be a bit too basic, like a fashion designer dressing only in white tee shirts and jeans.
Older siblings often have strong and amusing ideas about what to name the baby.
What did your older kids want to name their baby sibling, and did you actually follow any of their ideas?
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on November 26th, 2014 at 12:16 am
The day after we told our four-year-old twins they would soon have a baby brother or sister our daughter announced she knew a good name for the baby: “Mister Cherry Pie”. We refer to the baby as Mr. Cherry Pie but plan on giving the little one a more usable name once he/she arrives:) On a side note: I suggested Vanessa to my parents when I was six and my mom was expecting, they went with it.
on November 26th, 2014 at 1:16 am
Elijah didn’t have much input regarding Felicity’s name when he was 3. However now that he’s 5 and knows about his mother’s name obsession, he has come up with his idea of the perfect name if he should ever have a little brother.
Felix Gaspard Joe Eld**d
Felix from Felix the cat. Gaspard from Gaspard and Lisa. Joe from Blues Clues.
I told him it was a lovely name but was probably not going to happen.
on November 26th, 2014 at 2:53 am
I’m having twin girls and my four year old daughter suggested naming one of them Daisy Rosie Butterfly. I just smiled and told her that was quite the name. 🙂
on November 26th, 2014 at 3:36 am
My cousin wanted to name her little brother Perfume, and my little sister wanted to name our baby brother Blocky (she’s 10 now and still thinks it’s a fantastic name haha).
on November 26th, 2014 at 3:49 am
I know I wanted to name my baby brother Lolly — I wasn’t quite three when my mom got pregnant with him and was therefore VERY vocal throughout, haha. Needless to say we didn’t call him that, but when they did pick a name, I just tacked Lolly onto the front of it. It stuck through his first year. I’m still proud. xD
on November 26th, 2014 at 3:54 am
I only have one child. He was 3 when my sister was expecting and he wanted her to name the baby Digger. She didn’t go with it 🙂
on November 26th, 2014 at 4:58 am
Don’t have any kids yet, but a friend of mine was pregnant with a second daughter and her first daughter (3, almost 4) insisted on William for her baby sister!! (she knew it was a girl!)
The other name she liked was Cinderella.
She wasn’t happy when her mom and dad ended up picking something different… 😉
on November 26th, 2014 at 5:17 am
When I was three I wanted to name my unborn brother “Seppi” which is a nickname for Josef/Joseph in Germany. My parents had no idea how I came up with that name. I don’t remember either. In the end they called him Michael Timm though.
I did suggest the name for my second godson though. The parents asked me what kind of name might go with their lastname and Ryan was on my list which they ended up naming the boy.
on November 26th, 2014 at 5:24 am
My brother was born when I was four and a half. My parents had picked out the name Patrick Timothy, but apparently I was very insistent that it had to be Timothy Patrick, so that’s what they went with. But based on my classic- and Irish-leaning name preferences now, they couldn’t really have gone wrong with either combination.
on November 26th, 2014 at 6:24 am
I wanted to name my younger brother Shepp, but my parents ended up using Christopher. I was three at the time. For my younger sister my parents wanted to use Grace. I pushed for Liana or Rianne instead, but they used Grace.
One of my nieces wanted to name her baby sister Thumbelina. She was willing to go with Swan too. My sister opted not to go with either suggestion.
I have a friend who insisted that her brother was Joshua, and her parents used it as she was so adamant.
on November 26th, 2014 at 7:22 am
My 6 year old nephew kept telling his mom that her baby was named Jake. She ended up naming him Jake!
on November 26th, 2014 at 8:09 am
I had my tubes tied 5 years ago, after the birth of my second child. I have 2 boys; Jamin, 9 and Austin, 5. Well, this past August I found out I was pregnant. Jamin insisted it was an Alyssa, and that’s what he called it. We later found out it was a tubal pregnancy and was unable to keep it. But, we still refer to the baby as Alyssa, now in Heaven. Austin wants to name the next one Hannah! LOL!
on November 26th, 2014 at 8:13 am
My daughter, Aria wanted to name her new little sister Demon Seed *tsk tsk tsk*
on November 26th, 2014 at 8:14 am
My son is more obsessed with getting a sibling than I am with making one for him and he has already come up with the perfect names (so he thinks): Michael and Max for boys and Sophia and Jessie for girls. None of these are going to happen, but I think it’s cute that he cares so much.
However, when my mother had my younger brother, I had just turned 3 and for some reason they let me answer the phone in the maternaty room. Family kept calling and I’d answer the phone and inform them that my baby brother was Matthew Thomas. As my parents were still trying to decide between Jason Francis or Patrick Thomas this came as a surprise to them! However, by the time they figured out what I’d done, over half our relatives thought the new baby was Matthew Thomas, so they kept it 😀 I think I had good taste even at 3!
on November 26th, 2014 at 8:59 am
I remember adamtly hating one of the name choices for my little brother, Theodore. My mum said ‘oh, we can call him Teddy’, (He ended up Benjamin). But apparently years later, my name preferences changed, because, that’s what I named my kitten!
on November 26th, 2014 at 9:45 am
When I was expecting, we knew his first name would be Ezra, but my nephew insisted his middle name be either Carrot or French Fries.
He also thought his baby sister should be called Chicken Egg.
on November 26th, 2014 at 9:53 am
When my mom was pregnant with my little brother, I was three, and she let me choose his name (multiple choice obviously). The options were Daniel, Nathaniel, and Thomas, and I ended up picking Daniel, so his name is Daniel. I wish I had picked Nathaniel, that’s so much cooler, but little three year old me didn’t know how to spell that.
on November 26th, 2014 at 10:07 am
My seven year old daughter is very excited about her baby brother, she has chosen many “unique” names. A few weeks ago, she came up with one that is now my husband’s favorite – Koden. We are actually considering it.
on November 26th, 2014 at 10:09 am
I don’t have children, but I did name my siblings. When I was two, I wanted to name my new brother Christina, so my parents went with Christopher. When I was 10 I suggested Daisy and Lily for my twin sisters and my parents went with them.
My 2 year old niece suggested that my sister name the new baby Purple Bunny. My sister used that as an inspiration and ended up naming the baby Violet Beatrix.
on November 26th, 2014 at 10:51 am
I’m WAY too young to have children, but about 3 years ago, when my aunt was having her first girl, my cousin (her son, age 4 at the time) and I begged and begged for her name to be Casey, cause her other children are C.j. and Chase. She went with Ali, but for our requests, made her name Ali Casey, and that’s what we all call her.
on November 26th, 2014 at 11:46 am
Flori suggested a few:
Dave – the name of her uncle
Rosie – she just liked it
Teddy – after her teddybear and Teddy on Good Luck Charlie
Kayla – Her best friend
Sam – her old teacher
on November 26th, 2014 at 11:53 am
I’m must commenting to say I adore the story of baby Purple Bunny- now Violet Beatrix!
I never had the opportunity to name other siblings as they were picked out:
My twin, Grace Christina, deceased pre-birth, whom I still call Graciela or Gracie or Grace Christiana in my head sometimes. I will be using the name Christiana for one of my own.
My/Grace’s “boy” name would have been Christian Shade, the latter being a family name I would have used. I still have very little thoughts on boy names, other than loving Henry, my mother’s brother’s name (like Grace, born pre-term) and Callum, neither of which I would have been willing to “give up” to my parents.
My/Grace’s half-formed slightly throw-away alternate name was Lily Scarlett, which I think is awesome, so, again, had I another little sister I would have had no complaints.
I did name our dog, Sophie Rose, when I was seven, and wanted to be Mary Rose, so I think maybe I would have volunteered “Rose” but, again, I plan to use it.
on November 26th, 2014 at 12:10 pm
Not my kid, but a former coworker was pregnant with a little boy and her 5 year old daughter wanted to name him Happyface Ponyhair. Her other (less silly) suggestions, which I think were given to her by their older half-brother, were Liam NN Lee-Lee and Jacob NN Jake-Jake.
He ended up Jackson Liam, called Jack or Jax.
on November 26th, 2014 at 12:11 pm
A close friend just had two little boys, and the older brother, he is 7, name is Tristan, and he really wanted one of his brothers names to be Tristo, and if if it was girl he suggested cracker, because he want brothers.
on November 26th, 2014 at 12:12 pm
When I was seven, I wanted my sister to be named Christiane, since my mother told me about a Christiane she used to know, and I thought it was beautiful. I think I also suggested Alexa. My sister ended up being Josephine, though.
on November 26th, 2014 at 12:17 pm
I only have one child, and am not current expecting another, but my mother is expecting twins, one of each. All of my siblings and I have our own suggestions, including baby Seb!
Me (Sofia; 17): Henry Donovan & Viviana Claire
Marco (14): Owen & Sarah
Silas (14): Jacob & Anna
Bela (10): Amelia & Benjamin
Milo (6): Molly & Milo (after his best friend, and himself)
Gabby (4): Dora & Elmo (After her two favorite characters, of course)
Seb (2): Princess & Diego (from Go Diego Go)
on November 26th, 2014 at 1:12 pm
When my neighbour was pregnant, her older daughter Mariana (who was about 5) was talking to her grandmother in the phone and told her the baby’s name was going to be Ana Maria. It’s was grandmother’s name, and she was so happy and honored and euphoric that my neighbour didn’t have the guts to tell her the truth. So now they have Mariana and Ana Maria. Strangely enough, their names being so similar never bothered me and the girls wear their names very well.
on November 26th, 2014 at 1:50 pm
I’m an only child. When I was about 3 and my parents decided not to have any more kids, they went out and got me a baby doll then went through a big ceremony, as if it were a real baby. This included me getting to choose a name and fill out a birth certificate. I named it Nicky Nicole.
on November 26th, 2014 at 2:49 pm
From about the age of two my eldest Daughter was desperate for a Baby Brother just like George from Peppa Pig, and she was adamant that if I produced one he would HAVE to be called George!! Then, when I finally did become pregnant, she was 6 years old and decided she didn’t like the name George any more so she either wanted a Baby Brother called Jonathan or a Baby Sister called Anya (after Anya the Cuddly Creatures Princess Fairy from the “Rainbow Magic” Series)! We actually LOVED both her choices, but when her Baby Sister was born even our eldest Daughter agreed that she looked JUST like an Arabella, which wasn’t a name we had even discussed!
Just a cute extra: until she was 6, our Eldest Daughter was DETERMINED to name her own children: Rory (after “Rory the Racing Car”), Pinkie Pie (from” My Little Pony”) and John (her favourite Boy’s Name)!! 😀
on November 26th, 2014 at 3:52 pm
When I was two and my mom was expecting my little sister, I read a Curious George book about a girl in a hospital named Betsy. My parents say that one night they heard me in my room yelling about George and Betsy when I was supposed to be asleep. They named my little sister Betsy. 🙂
Before my youngest brother was born, my two other brothers, who were two and four at the time, gave the name suggestions of Chips and Canoe Paddle.
on November 26th, 2014 at 4:03 pm
I started a thread about this not long ago! My 2-year-old daughter insists that the baby we’re expecting is going to be called Sally. It’s a cute name, but we found out last week that this baby is boy.
on November 26th, 2014 at 4:06 pm
My two year old daughter would like to name her sister “Happy”. I think it might be too much Snow White, glad she didn’t suggest Doopey.
on November 26th, 2014 at 6:20 pm
DS2 would have been Dolphin, DS1 was pretty consistent on that one throughout the pregnancy.
Child #4/DD1 was called Baby Monster by DS2 for the first 8 months of her life, which we found hilarious since she is the easiest child of all time.
DS3 really wanted a certain name for DS4/Child 5, and we used it for about 6 weeks, but it just didn’t fit, so we ended up changing it to our other favourite. DS4 lost it, and was bemoaning the fact that he now had to wait until he had his own boy to use that name, etc. It was so sad and so funny all at once. Fortunately for him, we had a surprise #6, who ended up being a boy, and he is the name DS4 wanted. It couldn’t fit him any better. 🙂
on November 26th, 2014 at 7:56 pm
I wanted to name my unborn twin sisters Tifa and Tiffany. My mother ended up using them at the middle names and going with Sasha and Sabrina as the first.
on November 26th, 2014 at 11:06 pm
I don’t have any children, but my sister was 10 when I was born and chose my name, Nicole. 🙂
on November 28th, 2014 at 3:28 am
When my daughter Natalie was 2 we became pregnant with twins a boy and a girl. She insisted on naming them Hot dog and Milkshake. We ended up naming them James and Mallory. 1 year after the twins were born I became pregnant with twins again 2 girls. She so badly wanted to name them after her or silky blanket. We named the twins Belle and Winifred (Winnie). 10 months later I gave birth to triplets Natalie choice was Hannah or Tillie, James and Mallory wanted Teddy Bear and sunshine. We named them Joy, Kayla, and Beatrice. Another 10 months later I didn’t know I was pregnant and again gave birth to twins 2 boy Elijah (Eli) and Jason. Winnie wanted Robyn and flower Nat wanted Jayceen. Lastly I am currently pregnant with triplets again. Natalie in 10 now and wants Hazel, Ariel, Aurora. Winnie wants Everett and Gabe. The 3 girls will be named Rebekah, Myra, and Teddy. As you can see I have my hands full.
on November 28th, 2014 at 2:27 pm
I was two when my mother was pregnant with my twin sisters. I insisted that my parents name them Zoe Monster after my favorite Sesame Street character and Laa-Laa after my favorite Teletubbie. Zoe stuck, but Laa-Laa became Amanda.
on November 28th, 2014 at 5:39 pm
I wanted to call my little brother Jeremiah when I was 4 because I was a Girl Scout and we would always sing the song Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog. My parents decided to name him Jorge after my father and his father. Then, my Mother got pregnant when I was 10 and I wanted to call the girl Sandra as in Sandra Dee from Grease and so they called her Sarah Ann.
on November 28th, 2014 at 9:50 pm
My 3 year old has dubbed baby girl #3 as “baby pencil” and having not decided on a name for our third daughter, we now refer to baby girl #3 as baby pencil. Although, during Halloween it was changed for a short time to “baby pumpkin”, which I like better, but it did not stick.
on November 30th, 2014 at 12:23 am
No kids here, but I do remember having opinions on my little brothers’ names.
My first brother was born when I was about 6. I wanted his name to be Blake or Graham. Blake ended up his middle name.
My second brother was born when I was about 9 and I wanted him to be called Seth. He was called Samuel instead.
My third brother, who was stillborn, was born when I was 11 and I wanted him to be named Seth or Jacob, but he was named Wyatt instead.
Obviously every time my mother was expecting, I was hoping for a sister. If I’d had a sister, I wanted her to be called Natalie or Anna Grace.
My aunt and uncle are currently expecting their first child, a girl, and I suggested Elsa, Lydia or Leila. They loved all three names, especially Elsa, oddly, since their naming style is not at all extravagant. They’ve decided to go with Isabella instead, but those three names are their top contenders for their next child.
on November 30th, 2014 at 5:35 pm
I don’t plan on having children for a very long time, but my little sister was born when I was almost four, and I insisted on Boomer for a boy and Roxy for a girl. My parents considered Roxanne for one of her middle names, but went with Anne and Elizabeth instead. We still call her Roxy as a nickname though.
on November 30th, 2014 at 11:42 pm
I am the oldest, and I had a baby doll named Sydney, my favorite name when I was 3. My moms favorite name was Megan, and when my little sister was born my mom asked me if I wanted the babies name to be Megan Sydney or Sydney Megan, and I chose Megan Sydney, despite the fact that Sydney was my favorite name. Meg resents me to this day – ‘I like the name Sydney better! You’re so stupid!’
But I kinda like Meg.
on February 24th, 2015 at 9:47 pm
When I was three, my mother got pregnant, and we didn’t know what it was. I wanted, no matter what, for my sibling to be named Esmeralda (I loved Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame). My father actually says that he really liked Esmeralda, and might have named my brother that if he had happened to be a girl.
on April 26th, 2015 at 9:26 pm
I was 6 when my youngest sister was born. I really wanted to name her Angelica after Angelica from the Rugrats. My parents ended up going with Charlotte. I have no idea why I wanted Angelica so badly, since it wasn’t my favorite name at the time, and I didn’t even watch Rugrats all that much!
on August 27th, 2015 at 12:12 pm
I was going on four when the first of my younger brothers was born. At the time I was insistent that I would have a sister and told my parents that we should name her Briley. No one had any clue where I got the name (I’d never met anyone called Briley or even Riley, and as far as my parents knew there were no TV or book characters with the name) but they actually considered it. I don’t know if they would’ve used it, but they told me years later that they actually did like the name. Of course, both of my younger siblings turned out to be boys, so the name was never used.
on November 8th, 2015 at 3:13 pm
I am the youngest child of my family. My sister was 5 when my mother was pregnant with me. She wanted to name me Leni but my grandparents (my grandmothers are also my godmothers) chose Rea Eleonora for me. My sister always calls me Leni since I go by my middle name and she uses Leni as a nickname for Eleonora.
My daughter is an only child but my sister has eight children. Her oldest is the same age as my daughter and then she had boy/girl twins. The four of them wanted to name the other children Elina, Lillian, Sebastian, Carolina and Isabella. Their choices became the middle names of the new babies 🙂
on August 21st, 2019 at 9:30 pm
I actually named my younger sister, Scarlett Elizabeth. We’re 14 years apart, though
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