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s/o - How did you pick your child's name (or future children)

My son is Adam Lee. I picked out the name right after I found out that I was pregnant. I knew I was having a boy and the name Adam 'first man' seemed appropriate. Lee is a family middle name.

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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    My name was suppose to be Athena. My birth father was Greek, but died or maybe not or knows. So I wasnt raised greek. So kind of like a homage to the part of me i dont really know I would name my daughter Athena (she is also my favorite Greek Goddess) Alexandria (also greek) and Rae, after a lady i knew who was like a third grandmother. Im named after one of my grandma's so that name is off the list adn my other grandma's name just wont do.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I just picked names i liked, which went well with the last name, and which would be a benefit rather than a burden to the child as s/he grew to adulthood.
  • JohariJohari Posts: 673Registered Users
    My mom got my name from a book(my username is actually my middle name)but i kind of dont like it because its unique and not everyone pronounces it the same.

    Some Nigerians think im from their country but it seems to be a letdown when i tell them 'no my mom got it from a book'.One guy even said thats dumb and ever since ive had 2nd thoughts about why I didnt just get a plain simple name.

    When i have kids i might get it from a book too but try to get a common one,im only 17 though so im thinking far ahead.
  • SigiSigi Posts: 2,379Registered Users
    Bennett- I saw this in a baby name book. We liked it because it's different and not trendy.

    Preston- We liked it, but weren't 100% sure about it. We couldn't agree on any other names though, and about a week before he was born I started to have contractions and thought it was time, so I said we need to name this baby. So Preston it is.

    Soren- I wanted something different for this kid. My grandpa was Danish so I started looking up Scandinavian names and really liked this one.
  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    In my culture/religion we use the first letter of a deceased loved one when naming a child. So we narrowed it down to a few letters and looked for names.

    We found a name we both liked that fit our criteria. 1. Start with one of the letters we had 2. Was pronounceable for English & Spanish speakers 3. Had a meaning we liked 4. Was an uncommon name, but not an unheard of name.
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    Funny story.

    My dad used to watch WKRP in Cincinnati when I was a kid
    I loved the female reporter, Bailey. When I was pregnant, every name I tried was vetoed by my ex and my mother. Then, around 8 and a half months I was watching TV, and WKRP in Cincinnati was on. I tried out Bailey, and everyone else agreed. Her middle name is my first name.

    D2, I was convinced was a boy, and I'd planned on Benjamin. About 3 weeks before I delivered I said to my almost 3 year old that I should probably come up with girl names just in case. I liked Bella, but didn't want Isabella. Then I was like, whatever, it's my kid, I can name her whatever I want.

    I gave D1 the choice between Samantha, Nola, and Bella. She chose Bella. Her middle name is a passed down family name.



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  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    Babynames.com...lol
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  • cosmicflycosmicfly Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    My first son is Maxwell Krishna. His father was stuck on Maxwell and I was convinced he was a girl so I wasn't prepared with any alternate boys' names. My ex wanted an Indian middle name and I love the sound of Krishna.

    For my daughter, we had been throwing out girl names and when I said, "how about Maya? " my son who was 3 at the time yelled, "That's it! That's my sister's name! ". He wanted Maya Sunshine. Her name is Maya Sophia.

    My second son is Aidan James. We had chosen James for a middle name and Aidan was the only first name left after all the vetoes. We hesitated because it is so popular but our other choice didn't really go with either of our last names.

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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,675Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    We just picked names we liked. No family connections, special meanings or anything.
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    Kid 1. If it was a boy, I got to choose the name, but hubby got veto rights. If it was a girl, he got to choose the name, but I got veto rights. We both wanted a strong-sounding name and something that had a family connection. We ended up with Alexander Nanepashemet as a compromise. I wasn't interested in his first name being Nanepashemet (my godfather's name), but I was cool with Alexander.

    Kid 2. Since kid 1 was a boy, he got to choose both boy and girl name but I got veto rights. We ended up with Thelonious Lee. Lee is my hubby's , hubby's father, and hubby's grandfather's middle name.

    Kid 3. Same situation as Kid 1. We ended up with Carmen Antoinette. Carmen is hubby's departed sister's name.
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    I just picked names i liked, which went well with the last name, and which would be a benefit rather than a burden to the child as s/he grew to adulthood.

    This is basically my plan. I think it's important to think ahead and picture your kids as teenagers, young adults, and old people with the names you choose.

    As I stated in another thread, I also plan to make sure my kids names aren't too common. Just because I don't know someone by the name now, doesn't mean there won't be 5 of them in his/her kindergarten class! I have no issues with other people choosing common names (I.e. Hailey, Emma, Madison, Bella, Olivia, Jacob, Mason, Bennett, etc.) but I just find it so incredibly annoying when they act as if they thought it was rare! You had 9 months to do a one-minute google search.
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  • Jenny CJenny C Posts: 1,195Registered Users
    I have liked the name Lucy since forever and always knew I would name my girl that. I think of Lucy as a nickname though and I really didn't like Lucielle so I decided to go with the Italian version and name her Lucia.

    My 2nd daughter we decided In the elevator at the hospital. We were just like we better pick a name and my husband really liked Sophia so we just went with that. I really wanted to name her Veronica, but hubby vetoed that.
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  • sariroosariroo Posts: 1,958Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    As I stated in another thread, I also plan to make sure my kids names aren't too common. Just because I don't know someone by the name now, doesn't mean there won't be 5 of them in his/her kindergarten class! I have no issues with other people choosing common names (I.e. Hailey, Emma, Madison, Bella, Olivia, Jacob, Mason, Bennett, etc.) but I just find it so incredibly annoying when they act as if they thought it was rare! You had 9 months to do a one-minute google search.

    I agree with this.

    If we were having a boy, we were going to name him after my husband. His name is still fairly uncommon despite being connected to Twilight. I really didn't pick a girl's name until 2 weeks before I gave birth. I picked a first and middle name I liked and looked them up on the Social Security top 100 name list for the past 5 years and neither one was listed. Not that my child needed to have a "special snowflake" name, I just hated being one of a million Sarahs when I was growing up.

    Anyway, first name was a short name that I liked the sound and spelling of. Middle name is longer, a little more difficult with spelling but it was the name of a previous coworker's daughter and she used to say her name a lot and I just loved how it sounded. It is Irish and we have some Irish in the family and my husband's name is Irish so I went with it. My family was not in love with it at first but that's life. I could never see my child with a different name, it just fits her.
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  • ThickHairedQTThickHairedQT Posts: 542Registered Users
    We each made our own name list and would go through the list and say the possible name along with the last name out loud. We wanted a name that was easy to pronounce in English and Spanish and a name that had no family connection in order to squash jealousy and egos (the # of people who seriously wanted my baby to be named after them was ridiculous).

    I always liked the name Karina and was glad when SO liked the ring of it too. It was probably 1 of 3 names that we both agreed with.

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  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    Lilith Elyse...I loved Elyse as a first name, but he didn't. He liked it as a middle name. Then he said Lillith and call her Lilly. I didn't even have to think about it. I loved it. I got the middle name since he got the first. Lillith and Lilly both go with our last name.

    Bryan, III...My husband wanted our first boy to be the III. I wanted Myles Alexander. The boy didn't have a name until he was 26 hours old and I wasn't leaving the hospital with a nameless kid. We talked and he told me why it was so important to him and I was promised that our next boy will be Myles Alexander, so I agreed. The names fits him since he's very much like his daddy!
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    my future children

    - sookie: because it's a cool name and I like faeries.:toothy5:

    - Lucifer: it means the harbinger of light, you know, with the planet....venus, dope name.

    I also like Nyoka, it means snake.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    murrrcat wrote: »
    my future children

    - sookie: because it's a cool name and I like faeries.:toothy5:

    - Lucifer: it means the harbinger of light, you know, with the planet....venus, dope name.

    I also like Nyoka, it means snake.

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I didn't give my babydaddy any naming privileges. I figure when men can be pregnant and go thru hellish pain to give birth, they can name the vaby. Until then...pfffffftttt he gets veto rights only.

    I also didn't tell family/friends my names until after birth and the kid was already "named". I didn't want to entertain criticism, and only a real jerk will criticize at that point.
  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I also didn't tell family/friends my names until after birth and the kid was already "named". I didn't want to entertain criticism, and only a real jerk will criticize at that point.

    Good thinking. I learned that too after DS1. No one criticized the name we picked, but it squicked me out to hear people ask, "How is little [name] doing???" before he was born.

    When my SIL was pregnant with her first daughter, she told us everyone the name they'd picked. Her DD's first name is a nickname (ends in "-ie"), and I suggested that they giver her the formal version of the name and just call her the nickname. Now I feel like being critical about the name was kind of a jerk thing to do. So when she had her second DD last year and named her an even more nickname-y name, I kept my mouth shut about the name and complimented the baby on being cute.

    To answer the question for myself, I don't care for giving children nicknames as their actual name on the birth certificate. E.g. Rosie, Kate, Joe, etc. No thank you. We tried to pick first names that weren't too common or unusual that we liked the sound of. Their middle names come from family or personally significant names.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I did tried to search but the nc.com search engine doesn't go back to 2004.

    But those of you who were around way back then might remember me posting about my dilemma in naming my son. My dad had suggested the traditional Hindu name Karan (pronounced Curran) and DH and I both loved the name. But of course I was worried people would pronounced it Kar-en that he would be teased for having a girl's name.

    We were still undecided going into the hospital and we didn't even know if we were having a boy. After he was born, the nurse who came to give him a bath looked at him all wrinkly and red and said "he looks like a wizened old soldier". It was the most random comment ever but iwe took it as a sign that Karan should be his name because the original Karan was a Hindu biblical character who was a brave soldier known for his unwavering loyalty.

    So anyways we named him Karan. My dad actually passed away 2 months later and it's nice to be able to tell my son that his grandfather named him and have that connection.

    And I'm happy to report that 7 years later no one has ever made fun of him for having a girl's name. I think Karen is just not in fashion as a girl's name anymore.

    My daughter's name is Sandhya and thats just a name DH and I have always liked. It would have been my son's name if he had been a girl.
  • spring1onuspring1onu Posts: 16,528Registered Users
    If I were to have kids it would have to be something that flows well when they're getting in trouble so when you yell out first and middle name together, they know you mean BUSINESS. :lol:

    (probably another good reason for me not to have youngins)
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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    spring1onu wrote: »
    If I were to have kids it would have to be something that flows well when they're getting in trouble so when you yell out first and middle name together, they know you mean BUSINESS. :lol:

    (probably another good reason for me not to have youngins)

    Definitely. Because it is done often.

    Heck, when I hear my full first name, in my head I hear my mothers voice saying it, followed by my middle name.


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  • bcody09bcody09 Posts: 115Registered Users
    My fiancée's a II, so if its a boy we'd make him Mark Allen III.

    If its a girl we'd go with Lauren cause that's my middle name and maybe Abigail because its pretty.

    Just thinking ahead though.
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  • YomYom Posts: 1,146Registered Users
    My daugther is Ocean Jezebel.

    Funny story, when I was 10 years my mom was pregnant with my sister and my parents decided to let me pick a name for her. It was going to be either Ocean or Maluvaï. Maluvaï it is.

    When I found out i was having a girl I immediately thought of the name Ocean. Since she was prematurely born and has fought for her life, I think her name suits her perfectly. A powerful name for a strong little girl. I always liked the name Jezebel. (from Mick Jagger)
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  • ElizabethFaithElizabethFaith Posts: 429Registered Users
    Yom wrote: »
    When I found out i was having a girl I immediately thought of the name Ocean. Since she was prematurely born and has fought for her life, I think her name suits her perfectly. A powerful name for a strong little girl.

    I know I'm not a parent but I just want to say that I was born premature, too, at 1 lb. and 11 oz. My parents were originally going to name me either Nala (from the Lion King) or Faith Elizabeth. But after I was born, they decided on Nia Imani, which means 'purpose' and 'faith.' They wanted my name to have a meaning.
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  • curlybrancurlybran Posts: 510Registered Users
    I want atleast 1 of my kids to be named Chesley. I think it can be boy or girl. Chesley Ann/Marie or Chesley Dean. Its a mix of my parents 1st names, cheryl and wesley, and family middle names.

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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Yom wrote: »
    My daugther is Ocean Jezebel.

    Funny story, when I was 10 years my mom was pregnant with my sister and my parents decided to let me pick a name for her. It was going to be either Ocean or Maluvaï. Maluvaï it is.

    When I found out i was having a girl I immediately thought of the name Ocean. Since she was prematurely born and has fought for her life, I think her name suits her perfectly. A powerful name for a strong little girl. I always liked the name Jezebel. (from Mick Jagger)



    Maluvaï is an interesting name. I've never heard it in the USA. Is it common in the Netherlands? Does it have an English translation?

    I love the meaning behind your Ocean.
  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    My middle name is Rose, so I would like for my daughter's middle name to be the same. So far, I like Lila, Clara, and Evelyn.

    My boyfriend's middle name is Elliott, so I would like for my son's middle name to be the same. So far, I like Patrick, Spencer, and Stone.

    I'm leaning towards Clara and Patrick.
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