How did you choose the name of your child?

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  1. prettydarkhorse profile image62
    prettydarkhorseposted 11 years ago

    How did you choose the name of your child?

    What factors did you consider?

  2. CarolineVABC profile image67
    CarolineVABCposted 11 years ago

    My husband saw the back of our newborn son's head, which resembled his father. So, we have decided to name him after his grand dad, and his dad was also named after him. Also, I liked the nickname, 'Nicky"! Unfortunately, my father-in-law is no longer with us. He went to be with God about six years ago.

  3. profile image0
    Lizam1posted 11 years ago

    Both my children have a combination of  Persian and English/celtic names to reflect their family backgrounds.  We chose names we liked as well as their meaning and easy pronounciation and spelling in both western and eastern cultures.

  4. btrbell profile image86
    btrbellposted 11 years ago

    Among all the other things you have to do to get ready for a new baby, probably one of the most important decisions is what to name your new baby. read more

  5. Sharkye11 profile image90
    Sharkye11posted 11 years ago

    When I was expecting, we had chosen our boy names--after my grandfather and my husband's father. But we hadn't settled on a girl name. I had a long list of names that I liked, but my husband hadn't agreed to a single one wholeheartedly, and he was convinced we were having a boy, so he didn't choose a girl name that he liked either.

    One night we were watching television, and suddenly this name just popped into my head. It was an old-fashioned name that I liked, but hadn't really thought about for a long time.

    I had always liked it since I was a little girl. I said " I want to name her 'D-----" . He thought about it two minutes, then agreed. Three minutes later, He picked the middle name, Renee, and I was thrilled because it is a family name on my side, and was supposed to be my name. He didn't even know.

    Its strange, because all the names I like are either English, Irish or Hebrew, (to celebrate heritage) but we ended up with a Greek name, and have never regretted it.

  6. caseymel profile image92
    caseymelposted 11 years ago

    For my children, I used names that both my husband and I loved and agreed on.  They had to sound good with our last name and their initials couldn't be made into something that they would be made fun of in school.

  7. velzipmur profile image80
    velzipmurposted 11 years ago

    Interesting question, my husband and I were riding in the car and a Whitney Houston song came on and I said "THAT'S IT!" and so her name is Whitney.

  8. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 11 years ago

    my mom insisted that my daughter to be called the name that she intended to name me but my dad had his own idea. So, i name my daughter after her desired name. Same goes with my son.

    1. Li Galo profile image76
      Li Galoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That's cool.  My grandmother chose my name also!

  9. Cristale profile image83
    Cristaleposted 11 years ago

    I considered factors like when he would be an adult and and the level of masculinity behind the name. I chose the name because it is very diverse and a strong manly name. A woman I was working with mentioned a guy that she had dated in the past, and that was his name.

  10. agapsikap profile image60
    agapsikapposted 11 years ago

    I have five kids, therefore I have five different stories.
    First, we've got the name from a book that listed thousands of baby names which means 'rich and bright'.
    Second, I have given the first name and the other came from the bible which is my husband's idea.
    Third, is from the bible which was carefully chosen by my husband .
    Fourth, is the combination of our initials.
    Fifth, the name came from his late grandfather.

  11. Becky Katz profile image81
    Becky Katzposted 11 years ago

    Our oldest boy was named after my dad, whom we both adored. He was a special man. His middle name was also my dad's brother's name, and out of the Bible.
    Our second son was named as we were coming out of delivery. We had no idea and finally just decided to name him when we saw him. It is David Nathan, out of the Bible. King David was kept on the straight by Nathan the priest. They were always getting into arguments and Nathan would win. Our son is his own worst enemy.
    Our daughter is named after my mom, my husband is big on things like that. Her middle name is Anne, which I have always liked. It sounds good with the rest.

  12. somethgblue profile image73
    somethgblueposted 11 years ago

    This question of course reminds me of the ancient Native American tradition of naming children after the first thing the husband sees after the birth of his child.

    When asked by his grandchild how Native Americans get their names, an old chief responds by telling his grandchild that . . .

    "The father looks outside the teepee right after the birth and the first thing he sees will be the name of the child, why do you ask 'two dogs fu@#$*&'?

  13. Jackie Lynnley profile image86
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 11 years ago

    I tried my best to think of names there was few of. I mean how many Linda's did you go to school with or Bobby's? For my son I chose Brian and well so did everyone else so that wasn't so good. For my daughter though I chose Jill, and that seemed to work out pretty good. She never met up with another that I know of. I sure didn't.

  14. MarleneB profile image92
    MarleneBposted 11 years ago

    My oldest daughter - My husband and I waited until we were five years into the marriage. We wanted to wait until we were ready to have children. One day, we were introduced to a friend whose teenage daughter was beautiful. She had a name that was the most beautiful sound to my ears. I had never heard that name before that day. When we got home, I told my husband that if we ever have a girl, I would love to give her that name. So, a year later, we had a girl and named her that name.

    My youngest daughter - Born three years later. I was sitting on the couch watching a toothpaste commercial. The female character was really cute and had a cute name that I had never heard before. Thankfully, the name was spelled out in a caption on the screen or I would not have known how to spell it. I told my husband that if we have a girl, I wanted to give her that name. That night I went into labor. My daughter was born, and of course, we already knew what her name would be.

  15. BOGOBabies profile image60
    BOGOBabiesposted 11 years ago

    We knew we were having two babies and wanted to find two names that went well together, without being too cutesy. At first, my husband was convinced we would have two boys and his ideal names were "Cash" and "Rango." Thankfully, God gave us girls. I started brainstorming once we knew we were having girls.
    We bought a book at a second hand store that had a lot of random, rarely used names. It was fun to browse through, but the names were crazy. My dad was actually the one who found our first baby name--Jasmine. He saw it in the random book and he liked it. The more he said it to us, the more we liked it. I already liked the name Lily, so we decided we could have two flowers. We thought having the flower link would be cute, without being overbearing--not everyone makes the connection.
    For the middle names, we decided to use family names. At first, we were going to use my sister's name with Jasmine and a random name with Lily. But after additional ultrasounds, it started to look like Lily was taking after my sister in a lot of ways--so we switched it up. Lily has my sister's name as her middle name (and it was good choice, she often reminds me of my sister). And Jasmine has her great grandmother/great aunt's name as her middle name. One name for each side of the family.

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    lesliebyarsposted 11 years ago

    I named him after his father. He always wanted it that way so I said if it's a boy no problem and it was a boy.

  17. Deborah-Diane profile image82
    Deborah-Dianeposted 11 years ago

    The names of all of our daughters came from our family tree.  We chose them both because we liked the names and because they reminded us of someone we loved!

  18. Nellieanna profile image68
    Nellieannaposted 11 years ago

    My son's name was inspired by Steve Allen.  It isn't Stephen, but Steve with Allen, not Alan as his middle name. 
    My daughter's first name was for her paternal grandmother, Mary. Her middle name, which has always been the one used, was a combination of her father's name, Dannie, and my middle name, Anna.  Had thought about making it D'Ann, which would give both our names equal visual precedence; but decided it would simply be Diane, same as D'Ann would have been pronounced, without the theatrics, and to save her endless explanations in school and beyond.  Her dad always had to argue that his name wasn't Daniel and that his middle initial had no period.  Her brother did have the problem of defending his right not to be Stephen Alan! 
    She later changed the spelling of hers to Dyane, showing  she was unafraid of being out of step!  :-) 
    Hello, very prettydarkhorse!  Long time, no see!

  19. moonlake profile image87
    moonlakeposted 11 years ago

    All from the TV guide. Seems strange but that is what we did and at the time we named them in our town there no children with their names.

  20. PatrickC profile image60
    PatrickCposted 11 years ago

    I figured since it was a daughter I'm naming and not a son I couldn't use my name due to me being the father. My naming logic then became the letter count of both the first and middle names. I have 7 letters in my first name and 4 in my middle name so I wanted to give my child a 4 letter first name and 7 letter middle name. Sharing the last name we both have the same character count in our full names. This really made choosing a name easier as it narrowed down the choices a lot. We, quickly, ended up with Jayd Ana-Lyse.

    ...and I don't count the hyphen in the letter count even though it is a legal character so it does not throw my logic off.

  21. Babytech profile image68
    Babytechposted 11 years ago

    Ohhh, it was so difficult. Before I have found out if it was a girl or boy, I had a lot of names for a girl and no name for a boy. A few weeks later, the doctor said: It's a boy. We still had no name for him. I could not decide until two months before his birth.

    Our choice: Luca.

    Funny is that my mother-in-law proposed several boy names. I've turned down all. None seemed to fit. A month after Luca was born I found in a magazine a piece of paper with 10 or 12 boy names. Who do you think was on top of the list? "Luca", obviously smile

  22. Li Galo profile image76
    Li Galoposted 11 years ago

    We had problems naming our kids.  The first one didn't have a name for 10 days!  We just went around calling him baby.  We ended up naming him after a dear friend that passed away.  The second one was not named for 3 days!  We ended up naming her after her father.  The last time I was pregnant, I said we must name this child by the first day!  That child was named after my favorite opera.

  23. Victoria Anne profile image91
    Victoria Anneposted 11 years ago

    I don't have children myself, but I was named after my father. His name is Victor Andrew and mine is Victoria Anne. If I had been a boy I would have been Andrew. Since I was his only child and he didn't plan on having more I guess he wanted me to have his name.

    A story I always thought was cute - when my best friend was 5 and her mother was pregnant with her little sister they let her pick the name out of a few they had narrowed it to.

  24. RosesProse profile image56
    RosesProseposted 11 years ago

    There was a little girl in our neighborhood and her name was Robin.
    For some reason that just seemed to fit her especially since she was born on the first day of Winter.
    So I suppose that's why I chose that name for my first daughter.

  25. sriramapriya profile image46
    sriramapriyaposted 11 years ago

    By birth time, Day and by Star we can choose our baby name

  26. Elderberry Arts profile image93
    Elderberry Artsposted 11 years ago

    I wanted to chose names that where unusual but not odd or going to stand out too much. I liked Jacob and Joshua for my boys but their dad didn't and they are called Andrew and Jack. My daughter's name is Emily.

  27. JulieBoydCole profile image61
    JulieBoydColeposted 11 years ago

    I named my children after my Grandfather and Mother, because they meant the world to me and I wanted my children to know that they were special. Both were unusual names not used often and I like that too.


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