Post # 1
I know a few people that did this and I didn’t really think I’d be one to do the same because I want to meet LO first – to see if the name fits.
BUT I think I narrowed down my name for a girl. And if we find out the gender during my anatomy scan (next Friday) I may announce it! Of course, if we are, in fact, having a girl. This is a big revelation for me! I mean, I never thought I’d actually pick a name so early.
One of the motivations in doing it this way is my cousin, who’s also pregnant with twin girls due just 2 months ahead of me. She’s not revealing the names before birth so that’ll be 4 girls names out in one go (first and middle names x2). Originally, I wanted to wait until she had her twins and hope none of the names are on my very short list — that in itself made me not want to be attached to a name at all. But all is changed.
Are you planning on announcing your LO’s name before s/he is born? Is there any particular reason behind it? Or are you just set on the name and know it’s the one for you?
Post # 3
Darling Husband and I struggled looking at girl names. So when we found one that just clicked with both of us and sounded “right” we announced (read claimed) it.
Post # 4
our parents know the name we are thinking of. But we just tell everyone else that we arent decided which is partly true.
Post # 5
We have a boy and a girl name picked out and we tell people if they ask specifically, but won’t be “announcing” it. It’s not a secret, but not common knowledge I guess you could say. No one really asks about names once we tell them we’re team green which is weird…
Post # 6
We picked out a boy name and have started telling people. My best friend didn’t tell anyone the name until after the baby was born because she wanted to keep it a secret, I think it’s a personal choice. I plan on registering for some items that are personalized with his name, so I can’t really hide the name even if I wanted to.
Post # 7
We picked a name and I didn’t want to tell anyone. Darling Husband didn’t realize that and told his brother. We thought no big deal why would he ever mention it right? wrong! He told people at DH’s birthday party.
Post # 8
We haven’t picked a name yet and probably won’t until the birth. We’ll probably narrow it down to a few and decide after we see him.
Post # 9
@winniewolf: Same here. I just don’t feel like I will know what his name will be until I see him. My husband feels the same way. So we’re actually going to go in with a bunch of different names and see what we come up with. I’m hoping this won’t backfire. 🙂
Post # 10
We have had a name picked out since before becoming pregnant. We started telling people, and some loved it. But then some, not so much. We started getting a lot of crap about it. So now it is remaining a secret from those who don’t know just so I don’t have to listen to anyone questioning it!
Post # 11
We’ve had a name all picked out for ages, but we’re not telling anyone until the baby is born. Call me superstitious, but I want to see a healthy baby outside of the womb before we give her a name. People are constantly asking if we have a name, and I’m kind of surprised by how taken aback some of them are that we’re not sharing the name yet. I thought this was a fairly common practice, but I guess maybe it’s not…
Post # 12
We had a name picked out for a boy and a girl before we found out the sex. Our moms knew the names but nobody else did (although they kept asking). We announced it when we found out it was a girl but still won’t tell anyone else what our boy name was (we’re saving it for later). We actually have had all great responses to our name though.
Post # 13
We told family and close friends and swore them to secrecy (though one referred to the baby by her name on Facebook so I had to delete it). Some love it, some don’t. But the good thing is that even the ones who weren’t too sure about it (like my mom) have gotten so used to saying it and calling the baby by her name that it’s grown on everyone.
Post # 14
I’ve already told my family a few of our favorites (like PP said, claiming it!) but I definitely won’t ‘announce’ it, like on facebook or anything. We have a few names that we love, but I doubt we will hard and fast have decided on one until we meet this future baby (not pregnant or TTC yet).
Also, we like one name that I know my parents will think is ‘weird’ so I’d rather not have to hear my mom wrinkling her nose about it, so that one we probably wouldn’t say until the baby was born, then there is nothing she can do about it and I don’t think she would say anything bad about it at that point. She didn’t care for my brother’s boy name choice (they didn’t find out the sex) and kept saying to me and my sisters that she hoped they had a girl so they wouldn’t use the boy name. They had a boy and now everyone loves the name 🙂
I get a little uncomfortable when people announce the name on facebook– somehow it feels like bad luck or something.
Post # 15
First we have to agree on a name! I think we’ll probably tell people once we’ve decided what the name will be. Neither of us is very good at keeping secrets.
Post # 16
I was set on having a few names and waiting until our baby is born — and not telling anyone beforehand because I didn’t want to hear anyone’s opinions. But then I realized that I would have to wait until the last 2-months before my baby is born until we can even discuss names because I’d have to wait until my cousin’s twins are born first.
What if the names we were considering the names she ends up picking? That’s exactly the scenerio I want to avoid. Us falling in love with a name and taking so long to finally agree upon it only to find out she named one of her babies that and we’re back to brainstorming. If it was just 1 name 1 middle name, that’s not that big of a deal – but 4 names (since she’s having twins). We’re having problems narrowing it down to 4 names as is … actually there has only ever been 2 names on our girls list.
I just can’t leave our baby naming decision up in the air like that. The only way would be to pick a name early. Any other way would be to wait and the last 2 months and it isn’t something I’d feel comfortable with. (BTW, I have tried asking her the names she picked, and if it was any of the names I like, I would have picked another name, without hesitation.)