Naming a baby is tough! People have different likes and dislikes and what constitutes a name. Luckily, for us we came up with a handful of rules rather quickly to figure out the perfect name for our baby.
- Name should be in the Top 100 popular names BUT preferably not in the top 20.
- No unique spellings or pronunciations.
- No negative connotations in real life. Ex. No name of a former bully or crappy teacher.
- Preferably a name from literature or movies because these are things we both love.
- Preferably a name that can be shortened to have a cute nickname.
- Name should be good for both a child and an adult.
With those “rules” we both set out to make separate lists of boys and girls names that we liked of at least 30 names each. Any similar names were finally whittled down to the top 5 names for each and then AGAIN whittled to THE ONE.
These names were definite NO’s because although we liked the name it just didn’t work with our rules.
Names That Didn’t Make The Cut
Eloise – WAY to close to my name. I loved it but it would get confusing.
Beatrice – My sweet Nana Bliss’ name. I would have loved to honour her but it was a bit too old-fashioned even for me.
Abigail – We loved the name but it’s WAY too popular.
Alice – WAY too popular these days.
Christian – I loved the name but The Mister HATED the name.
William – I would have loved to honour my wonderful grandfather but Bill Murray was NOT going to happen.
Caleb – I loved the name but my husband had an elementary school bully named Caleb, so a definite NO.
Oliver – It’s The Mister’s middle name but WAY too popular even for me.
These were the top 5 names that we whittled down to a single name for both genders.
After we whittled down the names we “Googled” their name, just to make sure it didn’t have some negative connotation that we didn’t know about. We’ve let our family know the name BUT we will be keeping it a secret until the baby is born.
Naming your baby is one of the biggest first decisions you make for your baby, it can be tough but setting out some rules with your spouse can be an easy way to separate the bad and good names.
The next step for me because my husband is SO against most social media he won’t be any help, is coming up with a hashtag for our baby!
So tell me, how did you decide on your baby’s name? What are some of your naming “rules”? What are some of your favourite baby names?