Post # 1
I’m sure that lots of you remember picking out favorite baby names years and years before you even got married, whether they be family names or just names you absolutely loved. I’m curious – how common is it for new parents to actually use the names they’d “chosen” years and years before having kids?
My husband and I seem to have already decided on 2 girls’ names (both with extensive family significance), and part of me feels like I’m jumping the gun since it will most likely be another 3-4 years before we even begin TTC.
I’ve heard some moms say that they couldn’t decide on a name until they saw their baby’s face for the first time. I guess I can understand that.
Like I said, I’m just curious. And now I feel like spilling what our two “chosen” girls’ names are: Claire (prospective first daughter), and Alma (should we be blessed with more than one girl).
Post # 3
My best friend since I was 5 always named her barbies and dolls the same name, Aurora. She also said she would name her first girl that, but then lo and behold her first baby comes around and she abandoned that in the delivery room and named her after her aunt instead b/c she said she didn’t look like an Aurora. Then her next baby they planned to name something else but then changed back to Aurora, this time b/c my friend said she looked like an Aurora!
Post # 4
@MrsPinkPeony: Oh my goodness, I was in LOVE with the name Aurora when I was little (thank you, ‘Sleeping Beauty’!). Believe it or not, it’s a name that still pops up when I think about my prospective children.
Post # 5
Before I got married I had a name I loved. My husband didn’t agree though, so we ended up picking names together after I became pregnant.
Post # 6
When I was a kid, all of my dolls were named Octavia. I’m not sure why, but I loved it as a kid. As an adult, I’d never name my child Octavia. I am stuck on the name Annaliese. I would just HATE if she got called “Ann” or “Anna.” It would be my worst nightmare…so I’m not sure if Annaliese is a possibility or not!
Post # 7
I never really did this, but my Darling Husband did. He wanted to name his daughter Lillian, after his grandmother whom he was very close too. When Darling Husband and I met, my sister was pregnant. She ended up naming my niece Lilly. So now that we’re married he can’t do that because it would obviously be strange to essentially name them the same thing.
Post # 8
we arent years away, infact we will ttc this month
but we have had names picked out for about a year or so. I wonder if we will keep them? Im interested to hear if anyone had a name picked out then changed it after the baby was here
Post # 9
None of the names my husband or I picked before I was in my second trimester made the cut. I think we didn’t decide for sure until I was in my third trimester… And even though there’s a couple names I have loved since childhood, my husband hates both of them, so they’re out forever. :/
Post # 10
We’ve had our names picked out for months, way before we were engaged even.
Post # 11
Darling Husband and I picked out names months before we were married and we’re planning on using the girl’s name when our munchkin comes in April. Only change is we’ll be using a different nickname than we originally anticipated.
Post # 12
We have names picked out but we were planning on ttc within 1-2 years. I hope we don’t change our mind because it’s kind of hard to decide on the ones we have chosen. Unless the names we have, all of a sudden become super popular… but I doubt that will happen. Oh, or if a close friend of mine choose one of the names.
Post # 13
Baby names came up one night during a pool party with our friends, I threw a few names that I love out there but he shot them down. And one name that I LOVE is his niece’s name. POO!! I feel like when we are ready for kids figuring out names is going to be the hardest thing for us!
Post # 14
I totally have a baby name list on my computer in an unnamed file. He would probably freak if he saw it, since we’re not even engaged yet 🙂
My brother and SIL just had a baby boy in November, and it took them about three weeks to decide on a name!
Post # 15
We have another 9 years or so before we start (thank you grad and post grad degrees) but we’ve agreed on a list of names. Though I bet we’ll change our minds a bit- my parents did with my brother (that and my great-grandmother HATED the name Derek so they had to go with their other name).
Post # 16
As far as I can tell, the only downside is if you get too attached to a name and then for some reason “can’t” use it – like, if a sibling or close friend ends up using that name. I’ve read on the boards and in advice columns about people getting REALLY upset when that happens.