Post # 1
After a lot of thinking about it, my DH and I have pretty much decided on a traditional name for our soon to be son – Benjamin – but I like things with a wow factor and maybe we should have some fun and go with something more trendy like Cannon or Steele or Raiden…but do these really last into adulthood??? So hard to pick a name, it’s so final!
Post # 3
We want our kids to have names that are unique, but not trendy. So we’re going uber-traditional, like things are grandparents would have been named. A couple of examples we have are Pearl, Genevieve, Eugene and Jack.
I think traditional is great, because there is a history with it, but super traditional like Joshua is too common for us.
Post # 4
My SO and I picked a name for our future baby girl after we’d been dating one week! We found out quite by accident we loved the same name. So if we ever have a little girl, we’re naming her Mia. It’s short of Maria which is traditional (and was my grandmother’s name) but it’s still a bit “updated” so it doesn’t sound like an old lady’s name. Best of both worlds, really 🙂
Post # 5
Ours are apparently going to be both traditional and unqiue, but not trendy. So I don’t know! But we’ll see when the time ACTUALLY comes…
Post # 6
We definitely went traditional. The nice thing about the current popularity of trendy names is that simply going with something traditional is unique in itself! We looked at popular baby name lists from like 1950 and narrowed down our choices from that. I’m just not into the trendy names — to me, many of them honestly sound more like something you’d call a dog than something you’d call a person
Post # 7
Stick with traditional. Benjamin is a great name.
If you can’t imagine saying “President Steele Smith” or “Judge Cannon Jones” or whatever, the name is probably *too* unique.
Post # 8
@QueenOfSerendip: I love the name Jack!
Post # 9
We definitely aren’t TTC yet, but we think about baby names a lot. We will be going with a more traditional name when that time comes. Your child will have this name for the rest of their life, so it’s important to think about the ramifications of a “fun”name. You can always use a trendy name for the middle name if you choose to.
@Mrs. Fireworks: +1 this. I use the President/Supreme Court Justice test too
Post # 10
Yea, there’s traditional and there’s common. Joshua, Steve, Nick – all very common.
For trendy, can you picture a grown man named Cannon or Steele? They kind of sound cartoonish.
Post # 11
@Mrs. Fireworks: Yes those are exactly the kinds of things I think about too…
Post # 12
@QueenOfSerendip: I love Pearl and Jack! what is a nickname for Pearl?
Post # 13
I’m very traditional. I don’t have kids yet, but all my animals have very 1800ish sounding names- Humphrey, Charles, Edward, William, Rosalyn, Oswald.
(Yes I really have animals all named those, haha)
Post # 14
we won’t be haivng kids for a couple more years, but we’re going for names that are on the traditional side, but still unique and not super common/popular. i love the name olivia for a girl, but it’s become so popular that we took it off our list.
i’m so over “aden” names. i don’t think they’re awful or anything, i just feel like it’s been done. i know so many people with an aiden, braiden, or caden in their family.
Post # 15
There needs to be a section for unusual. FI and I love unusual names but not “trendy” unusual. Because then your kid is stuck in a class filled with Haydens.
Post # 16
We went with traditional, but not terribly common. We named our daughter Eleanor, but call her Ellie. Ellie sounds cute for a little girl, but when she grows up she might want to go by Eleanor to be more professional or adult.
We made sure any potential name passed the ‘President Test’… basically what @Mrs. Fireworks: said. I can’t imagine seeing a resume with some made up name with additional unnecessary punctuation sprinkled on top and being able to take it seriously.