Article: How to name a baby

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I do not yet have children, nor is it in my immediate future, but I do know that I do not want to name my children anything that is popular at the time.

For example-I was born in the late 80s. My first name was extremely popular during that time period. I currently work at my part time job with 4 other girls with the same name, one of which happens to be my best friend. I graduated high school with I think 6 other girls with the same name. It really makes life interesting.

My FI also has a very popular first name and he has the same problem.

Post # 5
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We went old school traditional.  Any name that can’t be spelled or pronounced, or would be laughed off the desk of an HR manager was out.

Post # 6
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This article is awesome! So interesting. My name isn’t on there, but my daughter’s is. I have a biblical name that became pretty popular in the 80s. My daughter is named Evelyn.

Post # 7
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ll name my kid whatever the damn well I please wherever it is on the popular list.  Er… me and FI, that is.  He gets a say too.

There are downsides to literally every name, and I love that this points them out.

Not to mention the Name Fad thing.  I love when parents get all pissed off because their special “Nevaeh” suddenly has another “Nevaeh” in class.  (Nothing wrong with the name, I just have a friend who is a first grade teacher who had two Nevaehs, and one of the parents was SO UPSET about it they wanted their Nevaeh to transfer into another class because her name was unique and they didn’t want confusion…  Yeah, that kind of parents.)

Post # 8
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Mine is on there, in one of the red version green comparisions. (it’s red)

Post # 9
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Wow, what an interesting article! I’m such a nerd and loved all the graphs. Ha. It was interesting to see the fads and how names come and go, along with the ladies stealing men’s names!

Post # 10
7188 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We used what used to be a boys only name for our daughter. We named her Riley, which apparently wasn’t a girls name until the 80s.

Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@DaneLady:  +1!

That was our guide: If it doesn’t sound like the name of a CEO, it wasn’t going to work for us.

Not that I think you shouldn’t name your kid “Dystinee” (Destiny) or whatever else rocks your boat! But that was our rule.

Post # 12
2315 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My name is the name fad name!!! Although I was born in 1986!

Post # 13
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My name (Cora) is not on the list but I’m seeing it pop up A LOT recently. When I was little I really only ever met old people with my name, now I’m meeting tons of little baby Cora’s 🙂

Post # 14
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I find that article fascinating, and at some point I’m going to spend way too much time looking at graphs about my name, FI’s, some other people’s that I know, and any names we’re seriously considering.

We’re far off from TTC, but solidly in the “weird but not too weird” camp, which are the types of names we have, and we love them! Neither of our names or the name we love for a girl (haven’t found one we both love for a boy yet, but no rush) were on there.

I love the name Luca, but FI doesn’t,  and I love the name Evelyn, and that it was popular in California first, but it’s too popular for us to want to use. We wouldn’t throw a fit if our kid had a classmate with the same name though, lol.

Post # 15
12873 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, neat.  I actually liked all the graphs and data about the names!

Post # 16
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Ms_Purple:  I love super weird names, I’d totally name a baby something weird, I’d just make sure it was 

1. Easy to spell

2. Lacking weird meanings

3. Adult sounding

Those are my rules. 

I like my parents’ rule – it has to sound good at the end of, “Introducing the President of the United States, [NAME HERE].” That rules out a surprising number of regular names in my opinion and I think plenty of oddball names qualify! (I ended up with a normal name that I wish was a little weirder, and I often go by my oddball middle name because of it.)

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