Post # 1
I could have named the baby (boy or girl) before we even conceived but Hubby didn’t sound too thrilled by my selections. We’re looking through baby books and each making lists (which translates into me looking/list-making and him procrastinating). I told him I’d be more than happy to give him a much shorter list to choose from and save him all the time of looking through those giant books…
Ladies, how did you pick names for your babies? Was it hard for you and hubby to agree? Anyone feel like the name they picked beforehand didn’t “fit” the baby once he or she was born?
Post # 3
We used the baby name wizard and talked about our various requirements/desires.
It was definitely a joint effort, and even when we settled on a name, we still didn’t lock it in for a long time to makes sure we were both hip to it. When she was born, we both looked at her to make sure the name fit (and we hadn’t told anyone else just in case).
In the early days, we’d both bring 10 names to the table and then had veto over which ones we thought were no-goes. Everything else stayed on the list. So there were some wild names on the list for a while like “Glacier” as a middle name or names from a completely different culture that we aren’t affiliated with or a crazy made up “Z” name that was fun but unknown to the rest of the world… but in the end a couple of names kept rising to the top of the list. That’s how we knew those were the most likely names. We kept the list on my iPhone so that we could refer to it at any time.
Post # 4
We talk and talk and talk about it…there are cultural considerations, family members we want to honor, nicknames and initials to consider (our favorite girl name would give our daughter the initials HO and I just don’t think I can do it!) and it goes on and on. We’ve made a lot of lists, each have our faves and are waiting until we actually meet our kid to make the final choice.
Post # 5
We’re Jewish, so we have to name our kids after a deceased relative. We just made a list of our (deceased) grandparnets and greatgrandparents and then decided what we liked out of those. It was easy for me b/c I tend to like old people names, so he pretty much just had to pick.
Post # 6
@colors: We’re Jewish too and you don’t HAVE to, it’s just a nice tradition. We’re honoring deceased family in their middle names and Hebrew names but their first names will be whatever we want them to be. It sounds like you have names you like, so you’re lucky but if you didn’t love them (we don’t) then I wanted you to know it’s not a requirement…
Post # 7
We have about five names for girls and only one so far for a boy. My hubby is from India. We both want names that can go “either way”. All six names are both American and Indian names. (I never knew many American names are also Indian names, too!) So we have WAY less to pick from since we decided to name our future children this way, but we love all the names so far! Not sure yet how we’ll narrow the girls names down! Every month I seem to change my mind.
Post # 8
I know it’s not a requirement but we love the tradition so we wanted to do it. My mom used my hebrew name and named me after someone they don’t know very well. I wanted to be able to tell my children who their named after and all of the wonderful qualities that the person shares with them.
Post # 9
I had no idea about the Jewish tradition. Not Jewish myself but still wanted to use family names as middle names. We’ll see how it all pans out.
Post # 10
I guess I lucked out in this category. We are TTC currently and we already know all the names of our kids. I picked one boy name that I have loved since I was little, I let him pick a name for our next boy child, and the girls name I picked he liked.
Ive seen couples fight over this and get really upset. My best advice is to each come up with a few you both really like and pick one for the first name from a list and one for the middle name from the other list so you are both happy. it should be an enjoyable process. Just brainstorm and try to have fun.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney
Not pregnant yet.
Darling Husband and I talked about it. I don’t want to know what we’re having, so we’ll have a list of 5 or so names for each sex and will decide after they arrive.
My list on deciding:
* I want a name that people have at least heard before, but not so common that there will be another kid in their class at school with the same name.
* Nothing that is commonly shortened (Andrew to Andy/Drew).
* No unisex names.
* Anything to do with his name are out. He’s a Jr. and hates it.
* If possible, he wants the initials to spell an actual word – like his do.
* No traditional southern names/2 first names.
Post # 12
I looked and looked and looked at the baby name websites for months, made lists, compared them to the father’s lists, went through a process of elimination (vetoing names which weren’t “favourites”) and ended up bringing a list of 3 boys names & 3 girls names to the hospital with us (we kept the gender a surprise & wanted to meet the muchkin before saddling them with a name for life).
As it turns out though, I ended up picking a name I hadn’t even considered — my son was born after a fireworks celebration which reminded me of one of my favourite paintings, which led me to the name of the painter. And I actually really liked it, it’s a name that will age well, and it isn’t super common it seems so I was happy with it 🙂
Post # 13
We picked ours out very easily. I searched Tour de France winners for boys and we accidentally feel in love with the girl name while watching a movie. While I was carrying Moose, we wanted an animal name for our baby so we wouldn’t just call the baby “the baby” since we weren’t finding out. Now Moose will forever be Moose, our oldest child. Now it’s time to try for Caribou!
Post # 14
We started making a list of names we liked. We didn’t BOTH have to like them (and ps my Fiance wasn’t into this either. I basically just listed names and he crossed off what he didn’t like).
We looked at the SS site’s top 100 name lists – for our state and for the country. It helped, some of the boy names we liked were SUPER popular in our state. Like #2. In the end, at the hospital, we had 2 names. The popular one and the not-weird-but-not-popular name (in MN anyway) and we saw him and just knew!
Post # 15
@colors: We did this too! Our daughter has my grandmother’s name as her first name and his grandmother’s name as her middle name. She also has a Hebrew name.
Post # 16
My husband and I luckily agree pretty well with the names we’ve been choosing.
My husband has his fathers first middle and last name with a “II” on the end ….and his first name is pronouced differently then his fathers. CONFUSING! So even though at first I wanted to carry on the tradition, my husband didn’t want to! So we plan to just use the middle name (for our first son, if we have one).
I also want to name first daughter or second son (if that makes sense) my maiden name…luckily my husband likes it as well 🙂