Post # 1
I imagine that choosing a name for your child is a difficult task. How did you make the decision? Did you just choose something you liked? Used a family name? Looked at the baby then chose what he/she looked like? Did you avoid trendy? Did you care if it was popular or not? Did you consider pronunciations or how it sounded with the last name? Or if people would make fun of it?
Post # 3
we bought a baby book. & my husband picked the name we will be naming out son. its nothing with family, not even the middle name. dont think its trendy.
Post # 4
We decided to name our son after my FI and his father. It will be William, but since his father is Bill and my FI is Will, I took the last four letters of William and we are calling him Liam. Plus, we are both big fans of Liam Neeson, so that was an added bonus. 🙂
Post # 5
We both suggest names we like and see what the other one thinks. Then we say it out loud with our last name. I also like to say the name with titles/professions to see what it sounds like. For example, Dr. Suzie Smith, The Honorable Suzie Smith, Suzie Smith, exotic dancer, etc.
Post # 6
We got a baby name book and went through writing down the names we liked. Then we looked at how popular they were, if a name was really popular it was off the list.
Once we had our “short list”, we couldn’t 100% agree on which name was the absolute best on the list. So we made a deal, DH made the final 1st name choice, I got to pick the middle name. Next baby, we’ll switch and I’ll make the final 1st name choice, he gets to pick the middle name.
The middle name I chose for this baby is my husband’s first name.
Baby’s name: Ronan Christopher
Post # 7
I have 3 criteria:
1) Easy to spell and pronounce
2) Uncommon without being weird or made-up
3) Passes the Senator Test
Post # 8
True fact – my husband picked both kids’ names. He found DD’s name on a baby name website, and DS’s name is a family name. He just has great taste in names!
Post # 9
My son is named after his dads brother who died. I was happy to call him this name though as I’ve always liked it. When he was born we decided he didn’t really look like a James so call him Jamie which I think suits his cheeky,sunny personality better. When he grows up he can use his full name if he wants to be a lawyer or doctor
His middle name is my dads first name,William.
Post # 10
@sailor: That’s what I’ll do if I have kids! There are way too many ‘made up’ names/spellings…
Also I’m not American so I totally don’t get the appeal of giving all the sons in the family the same name (ie. great grandpa, grandpa, dad, son all have the same name), cultural I guess 🙂
Post # 11
DH is insistent on Biblical or saint names. Our boy name is a Bible name with a saint name, and shares initials with FIL (DH has his grandfather’s initials). Our girl name is two saint names that have personal and family significance to us.
Post # 12
I have just always liked the name. Lucky for me, the husband likes it too. Stuck with how it is originally spelled, did not try to get creative with it. It is not very popular, but that is just a plus, I would have stuck with it even if it was.
Post # 13
Many factors were considered. Popularity, versatility, whether or not it could be used to tease her in school. But ultimately my husband and I both thought of who we would be proud of her to take after and settled on names of family who we admire.
Post # 14
We havent fully decided on names yet, but we do have a few criteria:
- Easy to pronounce and spell, which one clear way to spell it even if there are variations
- Not too popular– not in the top 20 baby names or so. We both had very popular names for our birth year and we would like to avoid our child being called Johnny H.
- Not weird or made up.
- I prefer a family significance, mostly for the middle name. H doesn’t care.
Our current ‘debate’ is that I want to give a son my dad’s first name as a middle name, but H hates my dad’s name. I would also accept the middle name being after H, but not just a random one.
Post # 15
@photogestelle: I’m Latin American – both cultures that are big on naming kids after so and so. I hate the concept. So I understand. Although I love my grandmother’s name (Violet). She is now deceased, if we go with it, it wouldn’t be because it was her name but I am sure it would be interpreted that way, which is fine.
Post # 16
@sailor: What’s the senator test?