Umm…I’m in my seventh month of pregnancy, I know I’m having another boy and I still haven’t picked a name for the little fellow. In fact, I haven’t really even hunkered down with my giant book of baby names that my husband and I used for our first son (I see there’s a new edition with 10,000 additional names!). We had such trouble picking a name the first time, I think we’re both kind of dreading the process. Poor little guy…
In fact, when we learned we were having another boy, it was one of the first things we said to each other—now we have to think of another boy name. I don’t know why we find it so difficult. There are no heated arguments, no name that my husband loves that I hate or vice versa…we just can’t really decide on any.
Alright, I’ll admit I’m a little picky. I try to avoid names that are super popular or any names that I think are trending that direction. I want the name to be classic yet not too common. Some names we like in their full form but hate the common nickname (that you know would be unavoidable once he hit elementary school).
It’s a big decision, and we want to make sure we get it just right. Some sources I love? Baby Name Wizard Voyager, which allows you to chart a name’s popularity over the decades (see my name below) and the trusty old social security name database. The story behind my name? My mom has loved it since she read Little Women as a young girl. She would have named me Elizabeth, but my dad said if we want to call her Beth, let’s name her Beth.
Once we do decide on a name (knock on wood), my husband and I will keep it a secret until the baby is born (we did this for our first son as well). Since everyone already knows we’re having a boy, we think it’s fun to keep something a surprise (even if my mom thoroughly disagrees). Plus, people are a lot less likely to make a disgusted face or worse, tell you they hate the name if the baby is already here.
How did you decide on your baby’s name? Did you have as much trouble as I am or have you had your children’s names picked out since you were ten? I’d love to hear your stories!