The name game!

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The name game!

What is your "philosophy" on naming your child? What names do you like? I loooooove thinking about baby names!

JuneorJulyBaby?'s picture
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Both DH and I like popular names. I want the name to be on the top 100 name list for the past few years. I want people to be able to spell their name and also pronounce it correctly.

DH and I have been talking a lot about names. He likes for a girl: Emily. I like Julia but Emily is OK.

For a boy, he really likes Jonathan, Christopher, or Justin. I don't like Justin because our BIL's name is that and I think that is too close. Christopher was my SIL's choice for a boy name if her second was a boy so I don't want to "steal" it from them because they are considering another child. Jonathan is ok for me. I like William. I really like Michael but we have a very common last name (Moore) So Michael Moore is out because there is already a famous one!

We aren't going to decide till we know for sure if it is a boy or girl but this is fun!

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I'm like you Angela. I like traditional names, but not so popular that everyone has it. I don't like "normal" sounding names with non-traditional spellings. You know nobody will ever spell that kid's name correctly. I also don't like names where a vowel is replaced by a "y", especially for boys, like Myles or Brandyn. I think it effeminates the name. Working with children, I hear a ton of names that make me think "what in the world were those parents thinking?" I guess I am pretty opinionated about names! LOL. But really, when it comes down to it, you and your hubby are the only ones who have to like it.

My husband informed me after 3 weeks of dating that if he ever had a son, he would be named after his father and brother, who have both passed away. So, if we have a boy it will be Robert Calvin. Calvin is not my favorite name in the world, but my dad and grandfather are both Robert, so I can live with that. He's also giving me the freedom to choose the name if it's a girl (with the power to veto of course). I have a few in mind, but I am not really going to start thinking about it until we find out the gender.

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I like a name that isn't unheard of but not something you hear all the time. My name is Jessicah. Yes, it's spelled different but there were 5 Jessica's in my class in school because the year I was born Jessica was the most popular name. So I was always called "Jessica with an H" in order for people to know which one they were referring to. This absolutely drove me crazy. That's why we went with Brynna for our daughter. Most people spell it Brenna but I liked it with the Y instead of the E. It's not an off the wall name but you don't hear it every day.

I like the name Ryan Andrew for a boy. We've also discussed Bryson Andrew. For a girl I have not a clue in the world so I gotta hope this baby is a boy. LOL I know Ryan is fairly common but it's not a name that you hear often right now and neither is Bryson. At least not in this area.

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Jessicah~ my sister's name is Jessica and I'm sure that probably did drive you crazy as a kid! Trust me, nobody ever spells my name correctly because there are so many variations of it...and I hate it when people spell it Carry...like the verb.

I really like Brynna...it's different, but not off the wall. I also like Ryan and Bryson. That one lends itself to the "Y" LOL. It would look weird with an "i in there.

My hubby likes boy names for girls...like he had mentioned Ryan for a girl. I like Charlotte and then to compromise, we could call her Charlie. I also like Amelia, Grace, Audrey, and Elise. So many to choose from!

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Carrie- I love the name Charlotte but DH doesn't Sad BOOOO

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"mlle_carrie" wrote:

Jessicah~ my sister's name is Jessica and I'm sure that probably did drive you crazy as a kid! Trust me, nobody ever spells my name correctly because there are so many variations of it...and I hate it when people spell it Carry...like the verb.

I really like Brynna...it's different, but not off the wall. I also like Ryan and Bryson. That one lends itself to the "Y" LOL. It would look weird with an "i in there.

My hubby likes boy names for girls...like he had mentioned Ryan for a girl. I like Charlotte and then to compromise, we could call her Charlie. I also like Amelia, Grace, Audrey, and Elise. So many to choose from!

Love the name Charlie for a little girl! So cute. My sister just had a baby Christmas Eve and her name is Sophie Grace. So elegant and beautiful. My sister who is 18 weeks pregnant now is going to name her daughter Madyson Jo Helen (Helen is a name from his family and Jo is my mothers middle name) if it's a girl and Christopher Alan (Alan is her fiance's name) if it's a boy.

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I like Sophie and DH likes that one too. My mom's name is Joy and I like that too. It would be nice to figure out a way to fit that in there.

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Charlotte is one of our top runners as well mainly because I think Charlie is such a cute nn. I like Jameson for a boy. I actually have a huge list that will take forever to go through. I like different but I also like classic, old lady names. I love Ruby, Lucy, and June but DH says no. I'm all over the place here!

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Rachel, your mention of the old lady names reminded me of Margot. I love that one too!

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I like Margot too!!

I should also mention I love the name Harlow. I've always had a strange fascination with old Hollywood. When I was pregnant with Amaya I wanted to name her Harlow but got so much flack for it. I was shocked when a couple months later Nicole Richie had her "Harlow". I would totally use it this time but now I can only think of her!

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I like old names for girls too.

We are a popular name kind of family too. If we need another boy name that is going to be a hard one for me. We have a girl name (Abigail Rose) so we will probably use it. Maybe. We chose that name during Jacobs pregnancy. My sister used a boy name after we didnt use it (daniel) named after my uncle. DH wants to use it this time! I said no way! Wouldnt that be strange and weird to have first cousins with the same name?

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Amanda, I wanted to tell you...I love the name Jesse for a boy!

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I definitely do not like common "top 100" names. I think that a child should feel distinct, and even though there's bound to be someone else out there with their name, they shouldn't have 40 kids in their graduating class with the same name lol! My son's names are Reagan and Maximus, and my daughter's name is Liberty. That being said, I will have to break down with this baby if it's a girl and name her a "top 100" name, only because I'm a huge Twilight fan and I think Bella is the most beautiful name in the world! Only problem is DH HATES it, but he doesn't mind Isabella, so she'll be Isabella Noel. If it's a boy we're leaning towards Lincoln (can't tell we're partiotic lol)... but not for sure on the boys names though, as we're both wanting another daughter!

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"PAmom2boys" wrote:

I like old names for girls too.

We are a popular name kind of family too. If we need another boy name that is going to be a hard one for me. We have a girl name (Abigail Rose) so we will probably use it. Maybe. We chose that name during Jacobs pregnancy. My sister used a boy name after we didnt use it (daniel) named after my uncle. DH wants to use it this time! I said no way! Wouldnt that be strange and weird to have first cousins with the same name?

Abigail Rose is pretty! As for first cousins with the same name- yes I think that is strange but ultimately it is your decision. I wouldn't do it though.

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My kids are Caleb, Elijah and Isabella (Bella). I do NOT like naming people! I am not looking forward to doing that part again. I love hearing your names though! I had a dream that the baby was a girl and her name was Evangeline. DH did not like it. So far all the names I have mentioned DH has ruined or vetoed.

We do have a tradition, though. We choose their first names by the meaning. And the middle name is after someone we love and want to name our kids after.

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We have already picked our names!! They came to us really easily.

We were originally going to go with Jacob William if it is a boy, but then we thought with the whole Twilight thing and the royal wedding this year...it was too much lol!

So now for a boy, it will be Connor Alexander. For a girl, Sofia Grace. I feel like it's a boy in there right now Wink

Edit: Jessicah, I just noticed your sister and I have picked very similar names!! Smile we have similar tastes it looks like!

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Its funny because choosing a name is a big responsiblility. I too don't like popular names. My name is Katie and there where tons of them as I was growing up and like Jessicah we had to have additions to our names so people knew which Katie was being called upon.

Our son's name is Caleb and if we have another boy his name will be Joshua (named after the witnesses that came out of the promise land) I am hoping for another boy.

As for the girl, DH and I are not in agreement, we both like Ella Lorraine but I really like Claire also...we will not give it much thought until gender is determined.

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Olive, I am leaning towards the middle name of any girl we have to be Lorraine also. It is my mom's name and was my paternal grandmother's name. It's hard finding names that fit well with that may syllabols though!

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My husband is half Tahitian and has a Tahitian name, and we decided to name our children Tahitian names as well. My DD's name is Tehani "tay-hawn-ee" (first name meaning "the sweet fragrance of flowers") and my DS's name is Teio "tay-oh" (which is a family surname), but I am not planning on naming them all T names, because I have always thought that was a cheesy thing to do (no offense to anyone here who does it). Both of them have two middle names, which is a polynesian thing as well. We used family names from both sides for middle names. I like the Tahitian names because they are different, but they are legitimately cultural and not...um...made up?

If this one is a girl, I like Maimiti "my-mee-tee" (nickname "Maia," a historical name) or Hinatea "hee-nuh-tay-uh" (nickname "Hina," meaning "the white great-granddaughter"--kind of a funny meaning, actually, since our kids do look white and their great grandparents are full Tahitians). If it's a boy, I don't have any good options, I'll have to do some searching...

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The only name we have tied down for a girl and I am seeing that it's very popular!! We want Charlotte Grace for a girl. For a boy we're stuck. Its a toss up with Dylan, Connor or Samuel. When the time comes who knows what we'll stick with lol.

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Yep...I am seeing Charlotte more and more. I may have to rethink that one. As much as I like it, I definitely don't want my child to be one of 6 kids in her class with the same name.

JuneorJulyBaby?'s picture
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Some of the most common names that I am seeing right now are Isabella (or Bella), Emma, Jacob, Edward.......hmmmm Twilight theme anyone? Smile