What’s In A Name?

by Amry on May 31, 2013

babynames

As we prepare to meet our little man in just a few short months, more and more I find myself being asked if we’ve picked out a name. It’s a tricky topic right? I mean, we’ve got half the battle beat by knowing we’re having a boy – but although that narrows our options by half, there’s still a whole slew of names to select from. So where do you even begin?

Do you stay safe and traditional or go out on a limb? Name after someone you know or steer clear of anything that reminds you of a certain somebody? And how about once you’ve got a name in mind – do you set it in stone or wait until delivery day to see if the name fits the face? Yikes, so many things to consider!

It’s a big responsibility – choosing and giving a name that your child will be known by for the whole of their life (unless you screw it up so severely that they change it at the first legal chance they get). Talk about pressure to get it right huh?

So how did you go about naming your little ones? Did you and your other half agree from the beginning or nearly come to blows? It seems that everyone reaches their final decision differently. I’ve known girls that had names picked out since pre-school and others who selected one, but then wouldn’t share it. Either way, once that name is given, you can’t really imagine that there was ever an alternative. Like our Amelia is just an Amelia – she couldn’t possibly be anything else. Don’t you feel the same with your kids?

So, in the mean time we’re making our short list for baby Brook and hopefully come September we’ll be settled on a nice solid name for our little lad. Any suggestions you’d like to throw in the hat? I’d love to hear!

Love, Amry

P.S. – In case you’re curious (or searching for inspiration) here’s a list of last year’s top 100 UK baby names.

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Sarah May 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Well as you know my traditionalist husband and I weren’t quite on the same page with names initially…but soon agreed that we’d narrow down a list of two names each. Then when Dylan was born, he just looked like ‘Dylan’…though for all of 30 seconds we considered Joshua too. It just so happens his name is Welsh (like my hubby!) and means ‘son of the sea’ so very apt!

I’m throwing Ethan and Aiden in as considerations ;-) xxx

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Amry May 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Oh my goodness Sarah, I’m suddenly remembering a couple of Adam’s initial “questionable” name suggestions. So funny (sorry Ads)! Love the meaning behind Dylan’s name! It suits him perfectly!
I’m liking your Aiden suggestion. XXX

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Zorata May 31, 2013 at 8:44 pm

It is really a tricky topic, but finally you can get out of the situation:) Me and my partner, we decided to name our baby Alek. It is not so frequently used as Alex, it is international and easy to be pronounced. It is also enough short, and there is no need to use nicknames, that sometimes may be really embarrassing. And finally – we like how the name sounds and it exactly fit to our little man:)

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Amry May 31, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for your comment Zorata! Alek is a great name – unique without being too out there. We want to keep it traditional for a boy and I agree, you have to factor in possible nicknames. Thankfully we’ve got a few more months to get it right! X

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