Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's in a name?

We're in a bit of a pickle. You see, tomorrow I'll be 30 weeks pregnant, and if you follow my blog you'll also know that we don't find out the genders of our children while they're baking away.

Aidan was a surprise, and this baby will also be another surprise!

But, the problem is.... we have NO names chosen for baby number two.

None. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Well, let me take that back, we have names... just none that we agree on!

With Aidan it was simple. We both loved  the name, and hoped to God we were having a boy because we hadn't decided on a girl name! And let me tell you, the last thing I wanted to do after eighteen hours of labor was have a debate on our child's name. The stars aligned that evening. 

This time it's not so simple. We have three girl names we agree on, but none of them are a clear winner. And the boy names? Well, that's just a mess! We don't agree on any!

We're also not huge proponents of asking family for help with names. We didn't even reveal our name choices until after Aidan was born. It saves us the hassle and headaches of hearing everybody's opinion on the names we've chosen.

Now,  I'm not looking for opinions on names you like, or anything like that. Instead, I'd just like to know how you came up with your baby name.

The clock is ticking and I'm getting a bit nervous that we won't have a name chosen for our child. I don't want to name our baby something crazy (like Edamame!) in my post-labor, drugged up, don't-want-to-take-my-catheter-out-because- I'm-too-tired-to-pee-on-my-own stage.... Ya know?!

How did you decide on names for your child(ren)? Was it a family name? Did you use a name from a TV Show? Did it come to you in a dream? Was there a certain name you've always been fond of? Or, did you just decide on a name in the hospital? Did it come to you once you saw that precious little babe f or the first time? I'd love to know!


P.S. Linking up with Shell today... :)


  1. I'm not sure I want kids, but I actually already have names picked out. Multiple names, for both a boy and a girl. I have issues, I know.

    Of course, it's easy now when I'm still single and there's no potential/future father in the picture who might have his own opinion on the matter :)

  2. We had a hard time naming our kids too. I'm so surprised how well the names we picked fit our kids, especially my twins. They are so different, and their names fit them so well.

    I'm big on name meanings, so ultimatly that's how we decided. Good luck!

  3. We pretty much made up our son's name. I had many names I liked, which Dylan thought were too preppy. His names were too plain. So we took the sounds we liked and tried to figure out how to spell it. We get all sorts of strange reactions when we tell people Kyton's name, but we love it, so that's all that matters.

  4. Our first was easy- Hubs wanted a junior and the nickname was one that we both loved. With our other two, we did know we were having boys, but we went into the hospital with a few names and decided then. Shhh... this is also a way to have your opinion count more... my husband didn't want to disagree with me while I was in labor. ;)

  5. Cate is named after my sister-- I only have one sister, so it was easy. Eric's sister wasn't offended. Her middle name is Riley, which was just a name I liked.

    Brennan is named after a favorite author that Eric and I share-- Brennan Manning. His middle name is my dad's first name and my brother's middle name.

  6. Hey, I like Edamame. ;)

    I've always loved the name Norah so it was a no brainer for us. But, for a boy name ... we weren't decided. As it turns out, I don't like the only boy name NOW that we had picked out THEN.

    For baby #2, we have a LONG list. It's going to be very hard to narrow it down.

    Good luck. ;)

  7. You asked, so here goes.
    My husband had to have a name that would sound good if the kid ever made it to the MLB. I wanted a T name.

    We each picked our favorite ten from the social security list of most popular names.
    Then we each crossed off three we couldn't live with from the other person's list.
    Then we ranked the remaining fourteen names. Whatever name was the highest on both lists won.

    I think Tayte was number two for me and three for him.

    We did the same kinda thing with Shaye, but we had to negotiate on the spelling AND I had to let him pick her middle name, Trinity.

    Good luck. I am sure you will pick a great name.

  8. You know how baby name books have a whole bunch of top ten list for different categories (including by decade)? We went through all those lists and picked some favourites. We had criteria, had to sound good with the middle names picked out (family names) and either couldn't be shortened to a nickname or if it could, I had to like the nickname.


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