Please refrain from alternate spellings!
- Alternate spellings aren't cute. You might like the extra vowels and unexpected consonants and the "unique" look of the name, but guaranteed, your child will spend the rest of his/her life explaining the spelling and pronunciation to strangers, receiving the wrong name on correspondence, and so forth. It makes you look like you can't spell and it reflects badly on your children. (No, Officer, "Haennrie" is not a misprint.) Your "Jzahck-liynne Luizze" will curse you someday. Trust me on this. Don't do it!
- —Guest Pleaseno
- There seems to be a trend lately regarding feminine or traditionally girls names given to baby boys. After a lot of thought about it, I've warmed to the idea and have some names for boys that are definitely feminine but not so feminine that they might be okay. How about - Lori, Morgan, Celia, Tina, Cindy, Jacki, Shonda, Emily, Deborah, Emeline, Lisa, Sasha, April, Cindy, and the list goes on. What is your opinion on this topic, again I for one think it is a nice trend, I feel that boys deserve pretty names and much as girls do.
- —Guest Lilith
The more the merrier!
- I have 6 kids expecting my 7th and 8th, and funny thing is they are all twins! My eldest are Vyvean Roze and Ysabel Raine (11) followed by Chayse Barrett and Thalia Monique (8) then comes Madelynn Destinee and Keeton Alyxander (4). We are naming our final children Olyvea-Grayce and Aedon Krystopher. My husband Brayden and I love normal names with a unique twist! We have passed this trait onto my sister Alannah, who has named her 3 kids Huntyr Warrynn (6), Graysonn Olyver (4) and Skylyr Maree (2). She is expecting her fourth and final child who they will name Parys Violah. For us, normal names with unique spellings us the way to go!!
- —Guest MultiplesMarina
People should choose their own names
- Parents should be allowed to give children only a temporary name. The ultimate choice should be the individual's. We should set up a system where at a certain age (12 and up?) kids can choose their own names and make them legal after using them for a year. My mother didn't listen to her own mother and gave me only one name, and it never was me. I was miserable for 25 years until I finally went to court and changed it. Imagine having a name that makes you cringe, consistently, for decades. Given that a person will live around 80 years, the individual should have the ultimate say in what he or she is called.
- —Guest LessonfromthePast
- Personally, I believe it's an imperative part in choosing a baby's name to investigate the meaning/ origin of the name. I have come across several people, for instance, with names that have negative connotations e.g. Diedre ("broken-hearted, sorrowful"), Benoni ("son of my sorrow") and Cash ("vain"). Do you really want your child to carry this burden into their lives? Besides, sometimes its the meaning that makes the name. (:
- —Guest Violette Mae
Not always bad
- When my sisters baby girl came around, she was thinking of naming her Amelie. We were talking on the phone when she told me, and a friend of mine who was with me at the time shot her drink up her nose when she heard. Now, three years later, that friend told me "Amelie" is the medical term for a child born without arms or legs or both. My sisters girl ended up having a different name without that input, but I told my sis just the same. You never know what the next baby is going to be!
- —Guest Guest G
Unusual but not too 'out there' names
- I have worked in childcare for a long time. So as you can imagine there are quite a few names ruled out. We chose names that were unusual but not 'way out there'. We had a girl first and easily picked the name 'Vienna Luise'. Second time around it was much harder. We opted to not find out the gender of our bub. My daughter actually had a lot of input in naming our baby. So we decided on Ellie if it was a girl, but boys names were so hard. We finally picked the name 'Laith Duncan' on the way to hospital. Couldn't be happier with my two kids names. The are unique and just lovely. :)
- —Guest Kym
dont tell anyone.(boy names suuck!)
- I've known for years now my daughters name... and decided I hate boy names so the daddy would get what he wanted. Sure enough I found out I was pregnant and daddy was excited, saying her name to everyone [but changed my middle name!! I wasn’t going to let that happen though. I fill out the birth certificate:)] anyway. Of course we found out it was a boy! Bummer, because I started hearing the names daddy liked and immediately shut him down. (Daddy said his middle name was going to be Alexander right away) Tyson? Frozen chicken! Jordan? I had a girl cousin Jordan so no way. Gage? Punk rocker. But I loved Kingston!! He said we weren’t Jamaican:( I loved Bentley (and so did my mom) but he said it sounded like a butler. So I texted him a name every day...we were close to Derek. And a few others. But the day I was 32weeks I was working, texted him 'Cain’. He LOVED it. I decided us not to tell anyone except my sister, who liked it. The morning my water broke daddy said 'Kain' & now we have Kain Alexander. :)
- —Guest kainsmommy
For twin girls
- Kylie an Karlie are beautiful names for twin girls.
- —Guest Elizabeth
Did your parents want a boy?
- As a female whose name is Kevin, this is the question I get asked most often, believe it or not. I struggled somewhat with my name as a child, and I still do, especially on the phone with credit card companies or banks, who do not want to believe I am who I say I am. But for the most part, I love my name, it truly is unique, and I thank my parents for being so out of the box in naming me. It definitely has been worth the effort, because most of the time people tell me it's a beautiful name for a woman, and it makes me feel so unordinary!
It's not anyone's decision but yours!
- People are going to have an opinion and more often than not one that doesn't sit well with you because they will say the first thing that comes to mind (and usually uncomplimentary). I suggest you keep it to yourself till after the baby's named. They'll still have an opinion but it's none of their business what you choose to name your child! I had a lot of funny looks and questions but my partner and I were not phased. Having our second one soon and will most probably give them another unusual name, so preparing for more looks and questions! LOL! It's your choice at the end of the day!
- —Guest DaWidy
Your baby - Your choice
- The only child I had trouble naming was my first, but that was because he was born 3 months early. He was 3 days old before we picked out the name Trenton. My second child is a girl and I knew what I was naming her when I found out the sex but I didn't tell anyone until she was born. Her name is Angel-Leigh. I named my 3rd child the day I found out I was pregnant. I knew she was a girl and I told everyone that it was a girl and her name is Nekole. I am now pregnant with my 4th and he was named as soon as we found out we were pregnant too. His name is Oscar ... named after his daddy otherwise his name would be Daniel :) Just pick a name you like and don't worry what anyone else thinks. They either have or will have children of their own that they can name whatever they want - this one's yours. All that matters is that YOU like it.
- —Guest Maddy
- Me and my husband waited until our children were born to tell everyone their names. In the end if they didn't like the names they kept their feelings to themselves. We have six beautiful girls, Evie and Grace, Kerrianne and Sian, Hayden and baby Carolyn.
- —Guest Alexis
Decide for sure before you share!
- Go ahead and do your research, check out baby name guides, make sure the initials aren't weird, etc., but don't tell anyone you actually know, until you know! If you say, "I'm thinking this or this," you WILL get a reaction, and your favorite name may be less than favorably received. For some this isn't an issue, but for some it's hard not to be influenced. My brother and his wife, with their first, kept the name a secret til little Tabitha was born, just because they knew her sister HATED the name (we all love our little Tabby now that we've met her!). With their second they decided and announced early since they had pregnant friends and wanted dibs on the name. With our first and now pregnant with our second, we don't tell anyone until we are absolutely sure! Right now I'm 5 months pregnant and I'm "test-driving" a name. We really like it and we've started calling her that at home, but I'm not 100% decided on it yet. When we know we won't change our minds, we'll tell you!
- —Guest Debbie
Don't trust people when revealing names.
- When I found out I was having a girl, I was delighted and started picking names right away...I decided to name my girl Juliana Rose, I told my brother in laws wife who was also expecting a girl because she already had a name picked out (Sophia)...anyways she ended up giving birth before me a whaddya know she named her daughter Juliana Sophia. I WAS VEXED BY THIS, and yeah its only a name but it's the name I picked out, I thought I could trust her. I learned my lesson...I ended up naming my daughter Lilliana Rose...which sounds a bit similar.
- —Guest Jessi