Names

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Naming your child is one of the most important decision you’re ever going to face, and it’s a huge responsibility to give this new human being a name that they’re going to have for the rest of their lives. You don’t want to get this one thing wrong.

We found naming our oldest 2 fairly easy. They both had their names by 25 weeks pregnant. Our 3rd wasn’t named until after she was born and so far we only have a list of names for this little boy.

I’ve really found that the more children I have, the harder they are to name. I like old fashioned traditional names, as well as modern names. The last thing I want is my child going to school with several other people named the same. Unfortunately, we went a bit wrong there when naming A as it seems a rather popular choice!

It’s also difficult when neither of you can agree! I have a huge list that I continuously add to. P dismisses most of the names on the list. Then thinks he’s being funny and/or helpful by suggesting just plain silly names!!

Middle names are easier. J has P’s name as his middle name, K’s middle name is after P’s mum and A’s middle name is a shortened version of mine and what I used to call myself growing up (I hated my name!).

How did you come up with your child’s name? Do you prefer traditional or more modern names?

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  1. Julie (pinktwinkles)
    June 13, 2012 / 10:43 am

    I knew I wanted a k name – my maiden name was k and I was sad not to have it. It was very Scottish and married name is very English (hubby English) we both wanted something Scottish to go with said surname to reflect his two parents being Scottish/English. Also like you wanted him to be different and not obe of 5 in a class like I was at school. After ruling out normal names we got out a map of Scotland one night and wrote down all names of towns starting c or k. The one we chose is a small (well tiny, 10 houses at most) town on an island I visited every summer as a kid.

    Coincidentally (which was nice) it was the name of the street I lived in as a kid, and a short version of MIL name. I still love his name, but regret the way we spelled it as people get it wrong a lot. In hindsight I’d have spelt differently.

    Well you did ask!!

    • June 13, 2012 / 10:52 am

      What a fab and unique way to choose a name and it holds a special meaning to you. x

  2. June 13, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    We agonised over names for all of my four for the whole of the nine months and only ever had a long short list when they were born! We went with more unusual names but they all have a very ordinary middle name in case they grow up to hate their unusual first names – I wanted to cover all bases! Ha! I’m a Sarah and growing up I hated having such a popular name which was one of the reasons why I went down the more unusual route for my own children. Good luck deciding!

    • June 14, 2012 / 4:12 pm

      Trying to find a name that not only you like, but that goes with the other names of children you have is so difficult isn’t it. I can completely see where you are coming from with the unusual names and I feel slightly guilty for giving A the name I did as she could well have several others in her school class with the same name.
      I’d never think naming a child would be so difficult! haha xx

  3. March 15, 2013 / 7:49 am

    My partner and I don’t have kids yet but we have our names sorted already as we are both so excited about having kids. When I say sorted, I mean half sorted. His favourite name for a girl, well before I met him, just happens to be my best friend’s name. And it’s not a common name! So we are undecided about whether having it as a first name or middle name as I want a different first name. Let’s hope we have twins to settle the argument.