(Closed) What do you look for in naming a baby?

posted 4 years ago in Names
Post # 2
7340 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I also support most of your points (except# 5- because we have fugly family names). When I named my children the criteria were:

1) It had to be a real name that is not too “out there”

2) Traditional spelling.

3) No nicknames as the legal name; ie no Mandy for Amanda.

4) I don’t like names that end in an “eee” sound, I prefer names that end in a consonant or other vowel.

Post # 4
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014


Mrs.Sawyertobe:  My “rules” for a name are the exact same as yours. Definitely a non-cutesy name, especially when it comes to a baby boy. “Kayden” (not that that’s a bad name- I just strongly dislike the spelling) might be cute for a 5 year old– but a 30 year old man? Come on, people.

Post # 5
7340 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mrs.Sawyertobe:  if I had Daniel and Ann I might have considered it! I had names like Gertrude an Norbert to work with!

Post # 6
360 posts
Helper bee

Mrs.Sawyertobe:  we felt similar to you on some of your points.  I guess for us, it was kind of like picking a wedding dress … We just knew.  We chose the name Karter for our son but didn’t like the spelling with a C. It’s not far out there and we felt it seemed stronger with a K.  🙂

Post # 8
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We followed similar guidelines, and the “President/Doctor/Resume” test… as in, if you saw the name on a resume, would it be laughed off the HR desk?

No wacky spellings, made up names, no additional or random punctuation, etc.

Our daughter’s name is Eleanor, and we call her Ellie, so she has the option to use her full name in a professional setting if she chooses.

We are still deciding on a boy name, and so far our top choices are Oliver, Henry, Andrew, Thomas, Timothy, or Evan.

Our other favorite girl names were Grace, Jacqueline, Elizabeth, and Amelia, but we did rule out Ava and Emma since they are WAYYYY too popular in our area.

Post # 9
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mrs.Sawyertobe: I think you summed it up very nicely; most of the things you mentioned are on our list as well (25 weeks pregnant with our first child, so this is definitely something that we talk about a lot). In our specific case, we also want a name that’s in the Swedish Almanac so that it will get a name day (sort of like a mini birthday), preferable use a name that starts with an “M” as the middle name and I really hope we can come up with names that have a nice flow to it. If we get a girl, I think we have a pretty good candidate set but we’re still struggling with the boy names. 

Post # 10
8216 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

1. Not a made up name

2. No horrible you-neek spellings

3. Not cutesy.

4. Doesn’t end in Y (maybe because of the cutesy factor? lol)

5. At least somewhat unique

Literally the only girl name Darling Husband and I mutually LOVE is Saoirse, which is pronounced “sir-sha” or “seer-sha.” But I think we’re both a little leery of saddling our child with a name that will have the pronounciation/spelling butchered constantly.

Post # 13
4789 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

^ I agree with most of the above: no made-up names, no unusual spellings, no nicknames as given names. We did the “president of the bank” test, too, and made sure our children’s names would be suitable for their adult life as well as Kindergarten life. I worked with a man whose given name was “Ricky”; it was spelled that way on his birth certificate. I think that’s a shame. Of course, he used Rick, but I cannot imagine anyone thinking a 40 year old man would want to be named “Ricky”. Kids grow up! Likewise with names that no one can pronounce or spell; it isn’t cute – it’s annoying (both for the person with the name and for everyone else trying to spell or pronounce it).

Post # 15
8464 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Normal spelling, easy to pronounce, names that are in our families.

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