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Sharing Baby Names

Did You Share Your Baby Names?

When your belly is protruding, people tend to ask if you know the baby's gender or have picked out names.

Many parents don't want to share their selection for fear of rejection or namenapping. My husband and I didn't tell anyone our names before we had our daughter. It was fun announcing the sex, name and everything else at birth.

What are your thoughts?

asco00 asco00 9 years
With my first I shared my list but not the official. With my second I tell our boy/girl selections and everyone including my own mother complained. So with my last I didn't tell anyone anything until she was born lol. That's what they get for complaining.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I didn't want to share because I didn't want to hear why someone doesn't like the name I chose. I don't care if your neighbor's aunt or your brother's dog is named (insert name here). I like the names I chose for my reasons.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
We did tell people before my son was born what we were considering and I don't think I would again. Too many people find it their place to tell you what they don't like about it. Ugh even my own mother, but that's another story entirely. lol
KAEB06 KAEB06 9 years
Nope- we kept our list of names and then the final "pick" secret until he was born....we'll do the same the next time around.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
The whole "But then again, a person is more likely to make a rude comment to try and "talk you out of it", if the child isn't born yet. If you just say "Meet Baby _____" they are more likely to bite their tongue." thing happened to my sister today. She was talking about a name that she liked for her possible (very future) children. She said she like Aiden... and the other person was like "No, don't name him Aiden ... I don't like that name!" You are right... people think it is ok to say no to a name if it isn't the baby's official name yet.
vinnie vinnie 9 years
i tried to keep it a secret but everyone wanted to make it a topic of discussion! friends, family, co-workers, the baristas and cashiers. i finally gave in.
myconscience myconscience 9 years
i have told a couple people, but won't tell most of them. our choices will not be up for debate.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
I will tell anyone my choices now (Margaret Lynne- nn Greta; and Elliott Lawrence- possibly nn Eli or Lio). But that's b/c I am not married, not engaged, and no plans for kids for a couple years. I think though that once I AM pregnant, if my name choices are the same, I won't tell people. I might give them SOME of the names I am considering. But then again, a person is more likely to make a rude comment to try and "talk you out of it", if the child isn't born yet. If you just say "Meet Baby _____" they are more likely to bite their tongue. Just in my humble opinion! Oh, and this is sort of related, but, I also plan on being surprised by the baby's sex, so even the name will be at least a partial surprise to me! One of my reasons for this is I HATE the color gender associations with babies, and I hate baby-pink stuff!!! I would love to do a nursery in gentle yellows, greens, and even a touch of orange (think sunshine), or nature/neutrals.
fashionista119 fashionista119 9 years
We kept his name a secret until he was born. It was fun to suprise our friends and relatives with it! I liked keeping the decision making process between me and my Husband.
kmckay kmckay 9 years
almost everyone i have ever discussed this issue with has a "name-napping" story to tell! shocking, not to mention terribly disrespectful to take a name. therefore i would keep the name choices to ourselves!
carlista_baby carlista_baby 9 years
I was convinced that I would name my first child after my BF. His name was Drew so it would suit whether I had a boy or girl. Many, many years later I fell pregnant however my partner didnt like the idea of naming our son after my gay friend. Instead he opted to name our son after a character from the movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre (go figure!). When people comment "Kemper, thats a nice name, where did you hear it?" I just can't bring myself to tell them.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
We kept it to ourselves until after the birth. Our parents were too critical and we didn't want too hear their comments and be influenced on any ideas we had for a name.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
a list of names but not the name (though I haven't had a child yet, so that could change)
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
i would, but i'm sure you saw that SATC episode where that pregnant blonde stole Charlotte's baby name? What was it, Shayla?
luckyme luckyme 9 years
We had a list of names that we did share. It was fun to mull over them with everyone. We narrowed our list down to 3 names and we planned to choose from those three after we saw her for the first time. I really loved the name Peyton, but my husband was not fond of it, so it was not our list at all. However, when she was born, my husband said immediately, "her name is Peyton." And so, her name is Peyton :).
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