Monday, July 18, 2011

The Name Game

Seeing as how our anatomy scan is TOMORROW, we need to get serious about naming this cantaloupe-sized baby in my tummy. Since I've convinced myself we're having a daughter, I've really only researched girls names. But, we do have some boy options on our short list as well.

I am proud to admit that I am a name snob. I give the side eye to almost every baby name I've heard this side of 2001. To get a Lindsey-approved baby name, I've compiled a list of things to avoid when choosing a name for your child.

1. I don't want to have to question the sex of your baby based on their name
     ex. Avery, Taylor, Riley, Hayden, Peyton
2. Replacing i's with y's in perfectly acceptable names
     ex. Abygail, Sophya, Ayden, Olyver
3. Misspelling a name so it "fits better" with the nickname you plan to use
     ex. Jaxson= Jax, Maddyson=Maddy
4. Using a name that is historically a surname
     ex. Cooper, Carter, Madison
5. Trendy -aden names
     ex. Jayden, Brayden, Caden
6. Made-up names
     ex. Brynlee, Nevaeh 
7. Names with horrible meanings
     ex. Grayson=son of the gray haired man, Mallory=unlucky


Keep in mind that the examples I gave are not an all inclusive list, there are many more baby names that could fit in to each of the categories (and many names can actually fit in to multiple categories). See? Name snob.

Don't think that I hate you or your baby if you give one of the aforementioned names to your child. I know many of them are quite popular and will probably have to face the reality that my daughter might very well date a Brayden or Jaxson (Lord, help me if she does!) one day. Naming your child is a very personal decision that shouldn't be taken lightly, and one that you should make with your spouse or partner. Don't let others (including me!) influence the name of your child, if you like it, go for it!

So, I bet some of you are wondering which names are on our list? 

Whoa now... not so fast! Our first major decision after finding out about our pregnancy was that we wouldn't be sharing the baby's name until he or she is born. Why, you ask? Well, there are a couple reasons. The first one is, admittedly, silly. I'm sure some of you remember the Friends episode where Rachel gives birth but can't think of a name for her daughter. Well, Monica reluctantly tells Rachel her favorite baby name, and yep, you guessed it, Rachel "steals" that name for her daughter (it's Emma, btw). Now, I know that no one really "owns" a name, but if I heard the name I picked out for my child on someone else's child, I'd be pissed. To make it even sillier, I don't even know anyone that close to me that is pregnant.

Any who... now to the real reason. As I mentioned above, I think naming a child is a very personal decision that only needs to be discussed between mom and dad. It's inevitable that not everyone will love our baby name choice. I don't want to hear from other people that it's "the worst name ever" or "how could you do that to a child." Obviously, if we've chosen it, we don't feel that way, and don't want to second guess our choice. My hope is that once the baby is here people will be too busy doting on our newborn to say much about the name we've chosen.

Now, since we're not divulging the actual name of our future child, I will shed some light on the style we are going for. Fortunately, Ant and I haven't bickered too much on names yet, as we seem to be on the same page most of the time. One thing I am kind of regretting now... naming my cat Pearl. I love the name Pearl and think it would make a great name for our potential daughter, but it would be too confusing having two Pearls in one house. So, Pearl is off the table. Without saying much more, Pearl is in the same vein of the other names we've been looking at.

We still have over five months to make our decision, and who knows, we might pick something completely different from the names we're currently considering. Two things are for sure though, the baby will have an easy to pronounce name with only one spelling and won't be one of the trendy names (no Addisons or Graysons here!).

Name stealer and Snoogle stealer!

So, stay tuned for our big name reveal, which won't come until at least November (hopefully!).

If you've read this entire post, congrats, you won! I reward you with this, a funny blog post about some terrible baby names (read the comments too, they have some more winners!). I must say, I echo her sentiments.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link! Name snobs unite!! (Btw, I have a niece named Pearl - love, love, love it. Good taste.)

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  2. I agree with you about the trendy names. I think it'll be easier/harder when Howard and I have kids because we might go the biblical route. That's what my mom did (Jonathan, Rachel, Matthew). Of course, that limits us because there aren't that many girl names (and we wouldn't dare name a baby girl Jezebel or Rahab!).

    Hehe, I think it's funny thought that I did very much like the name Avery, but Howard does NOT like it at all. Maybe I'll get it as a middle name for a boy. I used to listen to a show on the radio called "Adventures in Odyssey," and the main character's name was John Avery Whittaker. I love the flow of "John Avery."

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  3. Haha, I've just been reading back through your blogs here and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post. I am a total name snob too and I constantly have to bite my tongue when friends tell me what names they are considering for their children! One friend of mine is pregnant right now with a boy and wants to name him Reagan (his older sister is Morgan). I hate the "-aden" sounding names too...boring! Some friends of mine have named their children Avery, Hayden, Logan (one boy and one girl)and Mason.

    We had such a long list of names when trying to pick one for our son. I think a lot of them were kind of out there but I wanted something not so trendy and common! In the end, we went with Vincent because it means Conqueror and we like all the nicknames...even though it is somewhat common.

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