Figuring out what to name your child can be tough, especially if you and your partner disagree. Let’s find a name you both love.
Maybe you’ve known what you were going to name your future children since you were six, but maybe your husband has, too. Or maybe you both have ideas but you just can’t agree. How is this baby ever going to get named?
First, get yourself a nice, big baby name book or find a website that lets you browse through long lists of names. Take turns writing down all the names you don’t hate, and then make two separate top ten lists of your favorite names.
Are there any names that appear on both lists? If not, are there any names on each other’s list that you could live with or would consider as a middle name? Do any of your favorite names have anything in common, like certain letters, sounds or ethnic origins?
When you have some strong contenders, take each name and try it on for style. Imagine your future baby in a shirt with the name printed on it. Think of your child having to learn to write his or her name in kindergarten, and the hundreds and thousands of times he or she will have to write the name in life. Consider the nicknames that are associated with the name: Anything unflattering or that you just don’t like the sound of?
Finally, if you simply can’t agree, can you compromise? If your husband has wanted a “junior” his entire life and will be eternally resentful if he doesn’t get his way, maybe you can pick the nickname that the child will be called. Or if there’s a name you really have your heart set on, offer to let your partner name the next one.
Sandy & Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble.
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From sea to shining sea, from the 1880s to the 1980s, American culture can give you some fun ideas for naming your new baby.
Good old apple pie and baseball are just some of the hallmarks of American culture. Capture a bit of the essence of the pure American spirit in your baby's name. There is so much more to Jack and Sue than meets the eye.
American pop culture influences baby name choices not only in the States, but in Europe, Asia and other remote regions. A writer's decision for a character name on a TV show can have lasting effects on a whole generation. Take the soap opera Days of Our Lives for example. A character named Kayla gave the name incredible popularity, and hundreds if not thousands of Kaylas today are the product of the show's trendsetting influence.
A similar phenomenon can be seen in the UK. The name Keira, and its alternative spelling Kiera, jumped up in popularity when British actress Keira Knightly became famous worldwide for her roles in Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean. Even a bad reputation has been known to spark trends. An evil nanny named Peyton in the film The Hand that Rocks the Cradle made the name an instant favorite, whereas before it was virtually unheard of.
Name your baby after your favorite song
It seems some names became extremely popular after appearing in a hit song dedicated to a person of that name. After all, who can think of a better name choice, than one that is worth writing songs about?
Retro baby names
So you know what the popular names of today are, but do you know which names were popular in 1880? The "fashion" of names has changed throughout the years, but some names have stayed on top of the charts.
The 80's are back — Names inspired from bulls & bears, the Ivy League and the Trumps
80's inspired names are the new trend according to recent polls and surveys. These names are more traditional, conservative and are inspired by TV series, universities and the global money market, which boomed and crashed in the Spandex decade.
Popular baby names in New York
So what does the New York State parent think of when naming their baby? In the case of naming baby girls, it looks as if naming is all about glamour. According to the most up-to-date U.S. Social Security Statistics, Emily, Isabella and Ava ranked in top three spots.
Baby name ideas from New Jersey
New Jersey is the "it" state for parents looking for a unique baby name or ideas for inspiration. The Garden State just happens to be one of the most racially and ethnically diverse states in the country.
Popular baby names in California
California's parents have their trends set for their baby name favorites. For baby girls, Emily, Isabella, Ashley, Mia and Samantha came in at the top five spots, respectively. As far as baby boy names go, the names Daniel, Anthony, Angel, Jacob and David have been chosen by California's parents more than any others.
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Mitchell or Maserati? Rachel or Riann? Whether you’ve had a baby name in mind since you were a kid or you’re clueless, these tips will make the decision simpler and far more entertaining. Let the brainstorming begin!
Play the “This or that?” game. Start off with two names you like—say, Jana or Sophia—and ask your spouse to pick the one he likes. Then he hits you with another choice—Sophia or Lisette—until you have a keeper (well, at least for that day).
Think outside the Bob.Find inspiration from characters in books, songs, colors, seasons, words from other cultures and your passions, suggests Pamela Redmond Satran, developer of the online site NameBerry and coauthor of The Baby Name Bible. Kellyx (yes, that’s her real name) Nelson of San Francisco, who runs an environmental group, gave her son the name Spyder. “And we named baby No. 2 Cricket,” she says, “so Spyder wouldn’t be the only arthropod in the family!”
Go back in time. Ask a parent to make a family tree or do your own genealogical research to find great names. Satran, who has three children, named her daughter Rory—which means “red” in Gaelic—as a nod to her maiden name, Redmond.
Re-name yourself.A thought-provoking question: If you could make over your name, what would it be and why? Re-naming yourself (or your partner) will get you thinking about qualities that matter most: how feminine or masculine, how unusual, how ethnic, and so on.
Mix it up. Twilight fans know all about Renesmee Cullen, whose vampirelicious name is a mash-up of Renee and Esme, her grandmothers. Play around with your own combos, and feel free to mix boy and girl names.
Meet halfway. “We wanted an ‘M’ name after my dad, Michael, but my husband and I couldn’t agree,” says Marjorie Ingall, of Providence, Rhode Island. “Jonathan wanted Matilda, for Roald Dahl’s book of that name, but Dahl was a miserable person. I wanted Mabel, but Jonathan thought it was a dog's name. So we compromised on Maxine.” Agreeing may be tricky but as Satran says, “It’s good preparation for a lifetime of decisions you’ll have to make for your child!”
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