What’s YOUR Question of the Week?

We’ve now posed more than sixty Questions of the Week– covering topics from nicknames to namesakes to namenapping to name crushes.  But I’ll bet there’s some query you’ve been wishing we’d put on the table.  Maybe it’s a topic that’s been up on the Message Boards that you’d like to hear further opinions on.  Maybe it’s something that hasn’t been discussed at all.

For that reason,  we’re turning the tables this week and asking you berries to suggest a future Question of the Week.  We’ll pick the most provocative one(s) and post it here.

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simplelife Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 7:47 am

Was there a special moment when you just “knew” you had the right name for your child?

Did you or someone you know ever sneak in a name for a child? (Like through bribery or deceit?)

Is there a name that you can’t believe you ever considered for your child?

What’s your funniest/most outrageous baby naming story? (Like naming your baby after the person who delivered him/her, drawing a name out of a hat, or allowing someone else to name your baby)

greythatch Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 8:24 am

It seemed that almost intuitively my husband and I knew that our daughter would be a Mabel. As hard as it is for most people to believe, that was the ONLY female name that we could agree on. And believe you me, he has quite the list! Ever since our little Mabelina was born she has embodied the sweetness and strength of the name, and is forever altering peoples perception if it being an old lady name.

Our son’s naming story, on the other hand, was quite to feat! We were sure about Hudson for about 6 mos. Then we started hearing the name pop up everywhere, at which time I said, “that is not his name!” (thank goodness!!) We went back and forth for a while and finally landed on Milo, as my husbands last name is long and German. We thought it was a perfect fit. We did however leave him nameless for about 3 days, just to be sure. As we were about to sign to papers we told my FIL and he accused us of making up the name and suggested that we go buy a baby name book. We were heartbroken! We eventually landed on William, which is strong and classic. Secretly, I still grieve for Milo, but in the end, our Wills is perfection!

mkat41896 Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 10:23 am

Do you ever feel you’ve made a mistake with the name you picked for your child?

Lola Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 11:12 am

did you theme your kids names? why? And would you do it again? Conversely, what do you think of “themed” kids/families?

namefan Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 11:16 am

How about those who plan on calling their children by their middle name from the start (and whether or not it’s a good idea)? Along the same lines, another question might be about the use of “stretch” nicknames (e.g. Abby Sandel’s Claire/Clio).

anniebee Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 11:47 am

Yes! mkat took mine.

Name regret – does anyone on the boards have buyers remorse?

How about reactions from non-namenerds on a name? How do people react to names like Barnaby, Tamsin, etc in the real world? What’s the best/worst reaction someone has gotten when they’ve introduced their child’s name?

Along that line – how did the family react? Stories about family hating a name, refusing to call the kid that? Were they upset about which family members were honored, etc.

Low-ranked names – what are the best hidden gems? Which ones should be ranked much higher or will be next year? (for instance Beatrice is in the 800s, but I think is way underranked there)

Family naming styles – have the names your mom and grandmother picked affected your decisions? for instance, my mom hates that her name is Barbara because she says people know exactly how old she is, so she picked for me a name that was traditional, but a bit boring, so now I want a name for my kid that is traditional and not trendy, but with more personality.

jgirl525 Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

One thing I’ve always wondered (being a popularly named girl myself) is how you feel when you meet someone else with your name. Does it prejudice you one way or another? Do you have certain expectations? Do you feel awkward or as if you have to volunteer some differentiating nickname?

JennyBrynn Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I second jgirl525.

Also, we need more tips on how to react to parents who proudly announce a terrible name. I’m having trouble holding my happy face.

ladybug99 Says:

August 24th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I want to comment on anniebee’s family reaction question. My aunt told us that she was naming her baby girl Lennon. Nobody really liked it and I told her, “Fine. Name her Lennon and I will call her Lemon.” My aunt balked at the idea but didn’t deter me. Once Lennon was born, everyone has called her Leni except for me calling her Lemon. She now thinks it’s a special princess/code name I have for her. So it worked out in the end!! And for the record, I love love love the name Lennon now and probably would name my own future daughter that if I didn’t have a cousin named Lennon. So all you Berries who are upset by a family’s reaction, take from someone who was one of the upset family members, and name your baby what you want. Everyone comes around and loves the name as much as the kid 🙂

conley Says:

August 25th, 2011 at 12:04 am

I want to know what to do about my particular dilemma, which is: My all-time favorite name, is, so unfortunately, a variation of a name of one of my in-laws who is ,…in a word…horrible. The names are very close. I would face people that thought I’d “sort of” named my child after said horrible relative, who has not treated me well at all. but still, it’s my favorite name. What to do, what to do? would I regret it forever? Just the initial days?

corsue Says:

August 25th, 2011 at 12:05 am

What are your baby naming rules?

Cclb119 Says:

August 25th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

What names have you heard that are so popular that they are ugly?

catmcroy Says:

August 26th, 2011 at 8:05 am

Has a pop culture reference totally ruined a name for you?

Brightonbabixz Says:

August 28th, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Have you ever rejected or hated a name because you didn’t like its Nicknames(s)?

Mary-la Says:

August 31st, 2011 at 2:41 am

Looking back, if you could re-name your children, would you? And if so, from what to what? And why?

What are some strange sib sets you have met? Strange in the sense of mis-matched themes, too matchy, over-the-top theming, etc.

sunshinetina Says:

September 1st, 2011 at 12:00 am

If you or your child are named after someone in the family, do you think there is an expectation for the #2 to be like the #1?

If you could change your name to anything, what would you pick and why?

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