From the article: Naming Your Baby - How to Choose the Right Baby Name
You're having a baby and you've finally settled on the perfect name or a very good short list of possibilities. How do you tell your family and friends what name you've chosen when they ask? Or do you tell them? Are you worried about their reaction? Sometimes families are worried that their names will be stolen. Others worry that their names will be disliked intensely. Share Your Advice
- Do't be mad if someone steals your names that just means that they love your names and couldn't think of any them selves. And if they steal a name that just means you helped name that baby! :)
- —Guest Emmie
- I may be young but I have already been through my fair share of naming experiences. I also have a love for words and especially names. I would say just choose the people you tellwisely.
- —Guest The Aunt
- I think that u should pick a name that is different bcuz children with the average names tend to act the same as the children u dont want them around and bcome disobedient Give ur child a name that shows he/she that they are not average mothers and father say their child or children ar their the greatest give them a name that show it From a 12 yr old girl
- —Guest Cute
- I stopped telling friends our names as I was getting upset by reactions like "Why on earth would you name a babay that?" or "I knew a so-and-so at school, he was horrible, everyone hated him". I have found now that instead of me offering names, they have started making offering names they think are funny...... names I wouldn't wish on a pet, (Would you invite "bubba-babba" or "stormageddon" for a play date?). I am thinking of choosing a few names I don't care much for and lying, or maybe it is time to just tell them to be quiet?
- —Guest peek
Rythm is important
- My wife an I foind out we were having twin bous and it took us forever to come up with names that were agreeable. We decided on Jaycen Evan and Jayden Ethan. Normally I would have said dont name them somthething similar but theyre twins and sre more alike eachother than other siblings. They will always be identified as twins
- —Guest 1st time dad
Stuff I Love!!!!!!!!
- Boys: Kirian, Jaxx, Archer, Jay, Alec/Alek, Piper, Nathaniel. Girls: Nekoda, Wynter, Seraphina, Piper, Deryn, Deryth, Adele, Echo, Iliana. The List Goes On!!!! Girls:
- —Guest JustMe
- Choose names that are not too common like Austin, Logan, Hannah, or Katy. Be creative. But still, don't select names that can get made fun of like Dick, Peter, Lesbia, Stone, Gay, or Hortense. Duh. My name choices (for two boys) are Marshall Lee and Hollis James. :)
- —Guest Neon Wrestler
- My husband and I went into our delivery with 8 names on our "short" list. As soon as we saw our daughter, we knew which one fit. We even both agreed about it! I loved waiting to see her before choosing a name, so we'll do the same this time. As for other people "stealing" my name... well, I don't really feel that a name was ever mine to begin with. It's easy to be so generous about sharing names when you're a Kate from the 80s. There were four of us in my English class alone, growing up! But I still love my name, even if it is super common, and it still feels very much like me. I do try to choose less popular names for my own children, but I never really expect to have a monopoly on even my favorite and most creative ideas. Besides, my husband vetoes most of those creative ones anyway! :)
- —Guest KateC
Let Older Kids Have An Input
- We have older b/g twins called Oliver Steven Thomas and Olivia Sarah Tereasa (Olly and Livvy) and when we found out that I was pregnant with quads (two boys and two girls) we decided to let the twins who were eight at the time,name them. They thought for weeks and weeks and with a bit of help from their gran came up with these- Elliot Christian Peter, Michael Andrew Nicholas, Reese Abriela Naomi and Kelly Annalise Siobhan. I loved them and so did their dad. Although the twins have the exact same initials and their names are the opposite gender versions of each others they decided to give the quads a chance to be themselves.
- —Guest Lola
Make Sure Your Sure
- My husband and I already had one daughter when I fell pregnant with quintuplets. They were all girls and me and my husband were so excited. I immediately knew that one would be called Kennedy Aubrie Isabella. Kennedy was my dad's name and he passed away when I was eleven, Aubrie was my gran's name and Isabella was my younger sister's name. We let our oldest daughter Alexia (7) name the other four and she picked Eva Adelaide Frances, Paige Alice Olivia, Camryn Penelope Elaine and Maria Cherry Susanna. She picked out all the first names herself and I helped her with the middle names which are all after family members.
- —Guest Brenna Fenton
Ask Older Kids.
- I have an older daughter called Eve form a relationship in college and when I fell pregnant with twins when she was nine she was so happy.My husband (her stepdad) has raised her since she was two and we decided to let her name the twins. We found out that we were having a boy and a girl and when we told Eve that she could name them both she was so happy. She told all her friends and got them to help her. I was six months pregnant when she finally decided on the names. She said that the girl baby would be Belle Eliza Autumn and the baby boy would be Blaine Patrice Harrison. Eliza was after her Nana (my mum), Autumn was after her Granma (my mother in law), Patrice was for her Grandpa who is in the army and Harrison was after her uncle (my brother in law). I adored the names Belle and Blaine and I admired her for honouring her family with their middle names. Now the twins Belle and Blaine are 3 and Eve is 13 and she adores her little brother and sister.
- —Guest My Amazing Kids
Your Babies-Your Pick
- I have nine kids and they all have individual names. My oldest is Alexandria Michelle (Alex.) Next is my fraternal twins Lauren Shelia and Chelsea Margaret. Then it's Ace Benedict, Rauiridh William (Roory) and Dana Finn (Da-na not Day-na). My next twins are identical twin girls called Demi Anne and Addison Makayla. My youngest is Hope Grace. Her name was picked because she was born prematurely and we held all hope. Chelsea & Lauren's names were just names that I liked and I didn't want them to be the same just because their twins. So when picking your kids names just go for the ones you like.
- —Guest Kathyryn
- I've always known right from when I was about twelve that I if I ever had a daughter I would name her Alex. Sure enough when I fell pregnant at fifteen I named my baby girl Alex. I had always liked Natalia and Adrianna for twin girls and when my twins were born that is exactly what I named them.
- —Guest Chelsea
Double Barrel Second Names
- If you have a double barrel last name don't give your child a long first name! It just doesn't sound right.
- —Guest EliseSmithHoward
I don't know :)
- For the most part it seems there are three main questions; when are you due? What are you having? What is the name? This is my second child and to avoid any defensive answers due to anyones judgemental two sense I simply state: I don't know (with a smile) but I am taking suggestions. People want to feel a part of a new babies life and value. As a person themselves. My suggestion is simply to say "I don't know but I'm taking suggestions" - remember to smile, make eye contact and truly thank them: example; "thank you those are nice names" (while smiling of course). Warning do not say anything such as "Oh yes I'll write that down" or statements that will box you into a corner because badgering & guilt trips will continue for your interrupted agreement. The name is yours to choose! Happy research :)
- —Guest EHoney
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