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Do Tell: What's in a Name?

Do Tell: What's in a Name?


A recent segment on The Today Show highlighted the pressures new moms feel when it comes to naming their children. The new profession of baby naming consultants are charging anywhere from $50-$300 for their services, and while I think your name does say a lot about the person you are, I happen to feel hiring someone to help you pick one is pretty absurd! While choosing the "perfect name" for your baby isn't necessarily easy, do tell, what did you name your baby, or what will be your ideal baby name when the time comes for you?

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dikke-kus dikke-kus 8 years
Names are the fun part. Why would anyone feel pressure to pay for a personal choice? Although there are some people out there who can't put in thier own ceiling fans either. Well call me boring but I like some old fashioned names. My son is Logan. I like Alex. Peter was my dad's name. Dirk, Theo and Johannes are some good names from Holland. Sometimes I think if I had a girl Leighton might be cool. I don't know why some peoplel have to hold out on names. I think its stupid. Maybe it makes them feel important to hold a secret. Like anyone cares.
morganfay morganfay 9 years
Hm. I've got the added complication of my (future, definitely-maybe) baby having to be bilingual. At least. Either way, I think it's a good thing if a name works in more languages. For boy's names, I'm oddly attracted to Old Testament-Hebrew names, even though I have not a spat of religious upbringing on me. Short, snappy, Shakespearian or mythologically inspired names do it for me too; Danaë or Cloe for a girl, Evander or Caspian for a boy. At least I won't have to worry about them being too commonplace. XD
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I love old-fashioned classic names, but I also love names that give the child options for a nickname. My name is Erin, which, as far as I know, doesn't have a single favorable nickname! I'm stuck with Erin. But as I grow older, I come to like it more. It is kinda pretty. When it comes to my future children, it's changed frequently changed, but the past couple years it's stayed the same. For a girl, I will name her Margaret Lynne. I chose the middle name Lynne, because it's my middle name, as well as my mother's. Margaret is my grandmother's name. I like it, but I LOVE the nickname options. I will hope to have her go by Greta Lynne, but she decides she doesn't like it, she can go by Margo, Margie, Meg, Maggie, or whatever else she can think of! Greta is my favorite though. As for my potential son, I want to name him Elliot Lawrence. Elliot is my bf's mother's maiden name, and my bf and his father both have "L" middle names, so it seems like it could be a family tradition. And Elliot has nickname possibilities, Eli or even Lio!
sallyass36 sallyass36 9 years
My name is Raine. Like the weather. NO, I don't mean my name is Snow, Sleet, Thunder, or Hurricane. It's not Rain-ee, Renee, Rona, Raina, Ren, or Ran. My kids names will be beautiful, meaningful and classy, and not full of bizarrely-placed apostrophes. And nope; not telling. ;)
gr8gossipqueen gr8gossipqueen 9 years
i love last names for kids names such as Cooper, Jansen, Spencer, Parker, etc. I will def being naming my girl Brynn Morgan and Kaylyn Suzanne. Boys, i really like Jack or Cooper.
amedmondson amedmondson 9 years
What pressure? I would think it would be a joy to come up with a name. I'd ask friends or family for help before paying some stranger to name my baby.
Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
Just a thought: My boyfriends name is Kadin, and while it is getting to be a little more well known now, it wasn't when he was growing up. So he was always having to explain it, and repeat it, and he said it was very annoying. He almost didn't want to tell people his real name. Whenever we go out to eat and they need a name, even if he's ordering, he gives them my name (Sam) because it's simple and no one says "What? What a weird/unique name. What does it mean?" So imo you should think of the name carefully and remember that your child has to live with it!
nlw nlw 9 years
I named my daughter Ava Elizabeth and wouldn't you know it, in the next year there were 3 more Ava's born in the area or related to someone in our area. Before that, no one we knew had that name. My son's name is Andrew Terrence, Andrew after my husband's favorite grandfather, Terrence after my dad (Terry) who passed away when I was a teenager. I really like naming my kids after someone important in our lives. Andrew loves that he has grandpa's name, even though he's never met him!
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I don't think I want kids even though I have names picked out since I was 15 (I'm 28!). They're all Irish, not like Aidan or Connor, which are really nice but too popular. These are VERY Irish. What can put me off a name very fast is meeting someone with that name who is not a nice person. I used to like the name Luke until a tool of the same name starting working with me. Grrrrr! :rant: That's a whole other post!
goofynewf goofynewf 9 years
I don't get why someone would pay for another person to name their baby. By a book or go on line. I like my boys' names: Andrew and Luke. I liked the name Damian for one of them, but DH hated it. (I had never seen the Omen so, I didn't know the name had a negative connotation.)
thehabra thehabra 9 years
I like Angus for a boy.
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
I love thinking of baby names. Girl names: Lola, Bella, Boy names: Alejandro
zc zc 9 years
thats crazy, naming a child is too personal to be ebinging in outiders...its not like decorating a room,
junebrug junebrug 9 years
Oh, sittingonawall, I have the same symdrome. Try Brigette. I will respond to BRI-git, bri-JHEET, bri-Jet, or bri-GEE-da, because they all are proper pronunciations in some European countries. But when I get something so uneducated like Bri-ged-DAY or something where it's obvious they made it up and are trying to be smartasses (themselves named Amy or Nikki of course:), I lose it. I hated my name when I was a kid because it was "weird", I love it now. I hate it when you pronounce your name for someone and then they repeat it -- purposefully not how you said. I'm sure you must get that too.
scoop45 scoop45 9 years
I Love LINNEA!!!!!(girl)TYLER(boy)
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
*there (correction) thanks for the understanding, ladies. :D lickey- some people!!! :rant:
laurarose520 laurarose520 9 years
Definitely Holly for a girl. I'm thinking Edward for a boy, but whoever calls him "eddie" or "ed" will be given very angry looks.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
we were going to name our first daughter shannon and then all of our family members said ugly things about it and we let them ruin the name for us (why did we care?). so we picked jenna and told everyone it was going to be a surprise. well a lot of people read more into the meaning of "surprise" than they should have and thought we were naming the baby after them, lol. then we got all of these "i thought it was a surprise" comments. yes, it was a surprise wasn't it! :ROTFL: dh and i had some working out of names. we agreed on a boy's name, patrick, and then my sil said she was going to use it IF SHE EVER HAD A BOY so we couldn't use it. um wanna bet? there is no saving names. when she did finally have a boy they named him something else. whatever.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
I like Aidan as well. It's the Irish in me I think. But, you are right ALSW, it has gotten really popular.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
ThePerfectScore - I LOVE the names Natalie and Nathaniel! They're both on my list...and Aidan might be as well, but it's gotten so popular...:(
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
well I want my kids to be named Ayden Cole, Nathaniel Rhys, and Natalie Renee .....
Jessielindsey Jessielindsey 9 years
omg, a professional baby-namer?!?! isn't half the point of having kids so you get to name them yourself?!?!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I work with Parents and Kids everyday, I see hundreds of names come across my desk everyday, and there are just some that leave me shaking my head. If you have to in parenthesis tell people how to say the name, chances are that child will have to explain it to every single teacher, agency and otherwise for the rest of their lives! My family is from Norway, I still have 90% of my relatives over there, my fathers side of the family is Hungarian. My husband’s family is Scandinavian also. So we are thinking of traditional Norwegian names, maybe family names, although I would never ever stamp a “junior” on my kid. The trend nowadays is to take a traditional name, like Brianna and TWIST it so much that you just are confused. Examples for other spellings I have seen are: Brijuane Breeauna Bre’anna I don’t know why I am seeing a ton of the apostrophes, like “Di’amond” and “La’kisha” it makes no sense. I try to think of names that Mean something, give the child a good foundation. I try to also think of every single nickname that people can call them, or rhyme with their name.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
jgasia, I got a lot of that with Giancarlo, too. Plus people think we made it up. I think if someone asks "What do you think of the name...?" it's fine if there's an honest answer. But I am sincerely bugged by people who respond to "We're naming him Ben" with "Oh that's an awful name!" *note: I do not think Ben is an awful name. ;)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I actually have a list too! I figure once I'm pregnant, I'll just hand it to my husband and say, get used to these! :)
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