For those of you who preplanned your children's names, or at least thought that you were planning them, did you keep the names or did you end up using different names?
And by preplanning, I mean like before you even got pregnant but were just thinking about having children?
Hi Whitney, We adopted our son and kept his name as since we were so blessed by the gift that we recieved, we felt that keeping his name would be an honorable thing to do. For a mother to give birth and then to have to let go , is the hardest thing to do. I hope that one day our son can meet his natural mother again , and they will have a good relationship between them.
Yes I have i had always wanted to name my son Lyn'shawne Jaden ........ from the age of 16 and i did a few years later.
Now i am pregnant and , I really don not now what name to give to my babie. The doctors told me that will be a girl, I like a lot of names, but I can not make a pact with my husband, he does not like the names that I like... So I will just wait until I will born....
My sister had the same problem between her and her husband. They couldn't agree on a name, no matter how hard they tried. He hated everything she suggested, and his suggestions were just strange. NO one liked them. LOL! They finally settled on a name about a week before their daughter was born. They went with Madison.
When I was young and before children, I used to say I would name my girl Tiranny Anastasia, it's very different, but I like how it sounds. It's pronounced, T e a r a n n i e. I love it! If a boy, I was going to name him Colton. Well, I ended up having two girls, and I named them Brittany Sierra and Meaghan Kylie. Never had a boy, and I can't have anymore children, so,,,,, anyway, good luck!
I'm very suspicious of names where you have to say, "it's pronounced XXX". Lifetime of mis-spellings and frustration ahead, I reckon.
"Brittany Sierra and Meaghan Kylie"
Hope you don't live in the UK! Here, they'd be chav-central names.
That is so bizarre. My Husband and I have said that is what we would call our little girl (if I ever get pregnant and the baby is a girl). I found the name, and he loved it. The only problem I can find with that name is it's actual meaning is 'Son of Matthew', and my Husband is called Richard LOL.
I can see another problem. She's a girl, not a son of anyone!
I don't like Madison, it sounds very masculine to me.
Until you can get your hubby to sign a pact to allow you to name the baby maybe you could cajole him into agreeing that if it's a pink(girl)you keep the name of your choice and he shall not grumble but if it is blue(boy) he will name him as he deems fit and you shall not fume and fret.
Isn't that fair enough for both of you and remember there will(hopefully)always be a next chance.Then the other partner names the baby irrespective of whether it's blue or black(oops pink)!!!
If even that does not settle the matter then maybe you could give your baby doll an Eastern Name-"ANAMIKA" which actually means someone who is nameless!!! Believe me ur baby will have a unique name till you can coin a name that you both cherish equally..What say?!!!
I think I had names picked out years before I ever got pregnant, but I ended up picking names after I found out I was pregnant. I had had Caleb picked out as a boy's name, but after my grandfather passed away (I was pregnant at the time), I opted to use my grandfather's name instead.
As for my daughter, I did not use the girl name that I had picked out years before. I named her after my great-grandmother.
I have names in mind and intend to use them once my child is born. Although a passing of a loved one may intercept this.
Yeah, I always liked Matilda for a girl and Elliott for a boy. 3 years I got the Matilda (Tilly) and hopefully I'll get Elliott at some point. Thankfully my partner loves the names too so I shall hopefully get my wish!
And congratulations and good luck Anngell_22
I can not address this question seriously because I listened to the Dane Cook joke about names.
Its called: My Son Optimus Prime By Dane Cook
One can choose a name starting with alphabets A,B or C. It will help your child through out his/her life because in most of the lists they go alphabetic and your child's name will come in the top or near that automatically.
Just like front page of a search engine.
In India, baby names are decided with their Zodiac signs and in most of the cases it is suggested in the horoscope.
Usually in terms of listing and order, that all goes by last name, not first. IE in school, you are typically put in order by last name not first. When being called in order in official business, it's usually last name. You could name your kid Zoe Alexander, and the kid would generally be called first because of Alexander being the last name, versus last because Zoe is at the end of the alphabet.
WE didn't know if our baby was a boy or girl until he was born. We had a girl's name ready, but hadn't agreed on a boy's name, and had to decide the night before his brit (Jewish circumcision and welcome-to-the-world ceremony).
Can I suggest some Indian name for a boy?
Anil (water) AAkash(Sky), Arun(sun) Ajay (can not be conquered), Amit (infinite),
Barun(god of air),Bajra(Thunder), Bajrang(the mighty body),Balkishan(baby lord Krishna)
this is really great and amazing.thanx a lot for such a nice sharing...so you have any website regarding this information..because i want to knwo more about names and all.
If you are looking for general baby names then http://www.babynames.com/
but if you are looking for exotic (i.e., Indian names) then http://www.modernindianbabynames.com/
It seems that you are started loving India. Wanna come here? Economic growth in India is also amazing. It was more than 9% last year, 2nd highest in the world.
So nice place for the Americans in financial crisis.
@Thranax - Lol, I don't know mate, I've done some traveling and sometimes I understand the English in other countries better than I do in ENGLAND! I was amazed at the Ducth a few years ago, it seems that from a young age (I think 3 but maybe wrong) they start learning English, and its common for the mother to talk to them in Dutch during the day and their Father will come home from work and speak in only English so they can practice both languages each day.
@LondonGirl - I think not knowing is the best way, its a very traditional way to view child birth. Plus its a nice surprise!
After all that effort, it was nice to have a factual revelation to look forward to!
In my husband's culture, you don't think about the baby's name at all until after it's born, so getting any kind of input from him when I was pregnant was like pulling teeth. Fortunately, I'd spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of names I like thanks to my fiction writing, so I had a first choice and several secondary choices picked out pretty quickly for a girl. but he had some reason to reject every single boy's name I ever suggested to him, and I still don't know what we would have done if she had been a boy. (We didn't know in advance either.) We did end up giving her my first choice girl's name and it's turned out to be perfect on multiple levels for her - couldn't have fit her better if we'd known her in advance.
There is a large number of people in India speaking English even more than UK!!!
And i suggest you to learn some Indian language as we learned English.
We never knew what our child would be so we had to have two names picked out. I went through every book I could find including the tv guide looking for names. We named our son Troy when there were no Troy's around from there we went with all T's for our kids.
One thing we had a favorite boy's name picked out for our second child but we ended up having a girl. Then a friend of ours had a boy and what did they do they used our favorite boy's name and when our second son was born we had to figure out a different name. I have to tell you I wasn't happy. Keep your favorite names to yourself or someone will use them for sure.
I kept the name. I thought about changing it at the end of the pregnancy, but knew I would later regret it if I did. I'm glad I stuck with it.
When I was pregnant for the first time with my daughter, I did not like the idea of picking out the name before she was born. It just kind of felt weird for some reason. So, we brought a list of our top 10 names with us to the hospital. However, at the time, we were both leaning towards one of the names and kind of thought that would be it, we even told the nurse. But after she was born, it did not feel right anymore. We took almost a whole day and went through the list again, deciding on a different name. And now I feel GREAT about that decision and love her name!
With my son, we did pick out the name before hand (it's my father-in-laws nickname) - but we did not tell a soul until the second he was born. For some reason, it felt ok to know the name, as long as no one else did
I had names picked out before I ever got married. Didn't go with any of them. Don't think my wife had any in mind before me.
After being married we had names in mind for a boy or girl and didn't go with it for either of our children.
Had our son been a girl, she'd have been called Hannah Elizabeth.
He is actually called Isaac Alun.
i had a lot of names in my mind months before my son was born. Oh, let me say that even when I was still single, I have baby names listed. I didn't use 'em
I Had my own little rule when naming my two daughters. Their middle names had to start with the same letter as their first name, and had to consist of one syllable: Jasmin Joyce & Samantha Shayne.
I'm coming into this discussion quite late, it seems (like 17 years late, as my only child is almost 17:). My two cents on naming children.
1. Make sure the name goes with the last name and they sound good together -- not two "esses" colliding in the middle (e.g, Moses Sanders).
2. Go with a traditional spelling. I know people try to get creative but put yourself in your elementary school child's shoes. S/he does NOT want to stand out for having an odd or oddly spelled name.
3. Think of how the name will age with your child. Some names work for kids but seem silly for a college aged child or adult. Other names seem to condemn your child to old age at the ripe old age of 4.
4. Don't forget to consider all possible nicknames/shortenings of the name.
In our family we had a tradition of picking a middle name to honor someone in the family. It did not have to be someone dead. My middle name (Elizabeth) is after my dad's mother. My sister's middle name (Esther) was after my mom's mother. Note she ended up changing it to Erika:). My brother's middle name is my mother's maiden name.
When it came time to name my child -- and I did not want to know the sex -- we had one boy name and one girl name picked out. My son is named after my favorite uncle and his middle name is after his father's (deceased) grandfather.
In a way it's a blessing that my current husband and I never got pregnant, as he insists (and I think he is serious) that he would want to name a male child WULF.
I saw that movie werewolf and that certainly isn't funny when the kid starts going to school. I feel one can pick a name from the tradition in which one comes from but at the same time it shouldn't be too difficult to pronounce for most. I have seen complex names Dhrishtadyumna or Yudhishtir are difficult names (of course they can be shortened too). Just my two cents.
I bought a book of names for my kid, but I didn't choose a damn one out of the million names, I chose Jon-Marco, I was going to go with the spelling Jean-Marco, but I figured everyone would call him Gene, so he took my first name with an additional "flare". We skipped out on the middle name because we thought it get a little too long at that point. Everyone was like huh? when we first said it, but after a few times, I got the "cool name" thing and he acts like a Jon-Marco.
I wouldn't name my kids Booby or Penissica unless I didn't love them and unless I was a bad bad person:P!!!!
But we are at that stage now, planning for '09 if nature will give us that blessing, and I have fun inventing names, sometimes I think I invented one but I google it and end up finding it!!! Although I have a couple ones that didn't come up yet and that sound really good so Im happy!!!
Me and my lover have original names so we like to keep it this way for our whole family, makes us even more unique eventhough we all are !!!
When you were pregnant or when you'll be, do you want to know the gender of the baby??
I think I do...but haven't completely decided yet cause I think there are good points to both situations...!!
I'm 3 months pregnant and my other half and I have discussed names on and off for a while, even before I fell pregnant. We've both agreed that for a girl we like the name Melissa Hope, but the only thing we can agree on for a boy is that the middle name will be James (my father's name). I always liked Adam as a first name but my partner is unsure because of the biblical connections. Besides, he is of the belief (affirmed by some of you here) that you can't truly pick your child's name until it's born. I think he believes that the right name will just pop into place when he sees the baby. Maybe it will. So for now we call it Prawn - based on what it looked like on a scan done at 7 weeks!
Cameron James, Benjamin James, Matthew James, Duncan James, Allistair James, Robert James, Grenville James, David James, William James, Sydney James, McKinley James, Lyndsay James, Drummond James, Ian James, Jonathan James....
What's wrong with the Biblical connections in relation to Adam?
James is a Biblical name too (-:
I know, and I have no problem with them, but my partner is worried that it will cause problems for our child in school - he used to go to school with a boy called Adam and he would constantly get teased about Eve, apples and figleaves...I think he's worrying unduly but he's a stubborn one!
Fair enough - one of my nearest and dearest is called Adam, and never got teased about it!
When my wife and I were wating for our first to be born, I really wanted to name her Jovi Starr but my wife was having no part of it. The girl in the movie Elf was namd Jovi and I liked it.
So we decided to name her Gianna Starr which I also love and still do. We get to call her Gi Gi, Geeg, Geegers or Geegerino...depending on our mood that day.
Our second one we named Lola Skye. We call her Low most of the time but my wife calls her Leets sometimes...I don't really get that one but...whatever.
I did not name my children the names I had planned growing up because they were all based on the boyfriend at the time name. Do not think my fiance would have agreed with that!LOL!!! I think the baby naming thing comes a long with girls planning their wedding and life together forever with the current beau.
Many of my friends laugh at me because I wish to call my first child Stanley, a good British name.
Choosing a baby name is so hard...there are too many great choices. My favorite baby name book is The Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg. For anyone trying to choose a name, I highly recommend this book!
We actually had an easy time, the names just fell into place. We bantered back and forth until one just stuck. But we stayed close to family names which makes it easier.
Take your time, you will find one. By the way Stanley is a great name. Second on our list, but when with my middle name for my son instead.
Glad to see I'm not alone bgpappa, I hope my partner feels a little more like the both of us
Well, our girls were easier to name than our boys. It took us a weeks, literally, to figure out suitable names for them. We either had middle or first, but both took us a while. We didn't mind because we didn't want to name them wrong. Now I feel we were totally right to wait.
Choosing a baby name is so much more important than just a name, i would suggest you put in some thought and cross check for what it means. some names sound so classy but dont mean anything..
.I have always wanted the name mahek for my daughter it means fragrance..and if it were a boy i would name him armaan it mean wish.
Yes and no. I chose my oldest son's name when I was 14. When I was pregnant I told my husband what I wanted to name him if it was a boy and he thought about it for a minute and said it was fine with him--he liked it. We did go through other names, but none either of us like better. My other two boys were not named until they were born. We never agreed on another name, or a girls name--ever. My oldest actually named my second (and I do LOVE his name). My third was simply the name neither one of us had a huge objection to.
I never looked at meaning. I could care less. Words tend to have the meanings we attach to them--they evolve. Look at "gay".
It's Hebrew for joy. Presuming said hypothetical child is a girl. Not sure I want to raise a boy.
one doesn't always get to choose.....
Seeing as this kid is hypothetical Be a shame to waste a great name like Gila on a boy.
I wanted to name my daughter Alimay for the first 6 months of my pregnancy. Pronouced (Ally - may). Everyone kept telling me that it sounded like a hillbillies name. I kept say so what it's spelled Alimay and I love it.
Finally took my mom giving me her "look" and saying "Stephanie are you seriously gonna name her Alimay?" My mom has a off beat name so if it was that odd to her I was respectful enough to reconsider. When I found out Elly May really was the name of the girl in the Beverly HillBillies I changed it to Allyson.
I didn't care much, I just wanted an Ally.
Cool names are: Ada, Bella, Sophia, Eben, Aidan, Connor
Ada and Eben are Danish... Ada means "noble," Eben I thought meant "tree" in Danish, but it might be Hebrew.
Long before I was married or had my children, and I was young and single and had the time for a few hobbies; I did a lot of drawing. Once I drew a little boy with dark hair and a certain hair-cut, and all the while I was drawing I was thinking his name was "Christopher". Then I didn't think much of the drawing or the name.
About ten or so years later I was expecting my son. My husband and I didn't know what the baby was but, after going through a list of the few names each of us had in mind, we decided on "Christopher". It didn't have anything to do with it being my favorite name, because at the time it wasn't. It was more that we agreed on that one name and not on any others. We had the name all set before he was born.
My tiny son was born with a thick, brown, hair and a head just like the little boy's in the picture. As he grew into a toddler and preschooler, he looked so much like the little boy in the picture it was kind of weird.
When my daughter was born we could not agree on ANY names. My husband kind of was ok with "Katherine", but we never really came to an agreement. My daughter was born and left without a name until the nurse came in and said I had to name her if I wanted to bring her home. My husband was not at the hospital, so I named my daughter, "Katherine," - and told her father once he showed up. He isn't one to find decision-making easy all the time; so when he arrived I said, "I name the baby, 'Katherine'. They told me I had to tell them her name.'" (It's kind of an awful story, I suppose, but I kind of like that I didn't have to further mull over HIS list of unacceptable names. )
I think they're both great names.
I wonder how many new babies are now being called "Harry", "Hermione" or "Ron" (from Harry Potter) or even "Bella" or "Edward" (from Twilight)! Sounds ridiculous, but i'm sure it happens.
Think twice before giving your baby the first name of a parent. I'm a junior, and for several reasons I wouldn't recommend it. The same goes for II, III or IV. Each child is an individual who deserves his own individual name.
I'm partial to traditional names and not a believer in "cute" names like "Moonbeam," or made up names that sound like chemical compounds. Ditto for new or misspelled traditional names.
Give some consideration to how the first name you're considering sounds when it's pronounced with the baby's last name. The first name should be easy to say along with the last name. If you have a long last name, consider a first name on the short side and vice versa.
I like names that work in several languages. For example, Sara or Sarah, Linda, Anna, Michelle and others work in English and other languages. The more languages, the better.
Androgynous names, especially for girls, are in fashion, e.g., Brooke, Taylor, Reece, etc. I guess they're okay, but be careful about burdening your son a name that sounds like a gir's name, as in the song A Boy Named Sue." This will subject him to unnecessary grief from his peers in school.
And be careful of initials - you don't want little Catherine Ursula Tanya Thompson having a difficult time at school...
Haha, yes. I have a cousin who is EAR. Which is not as bad as poor little Catherine's initials, but bad enough. They actually realized it before she was born, but liked "Emily Anne" so much they kept it anyway. My uncle said he was stuck with Gustav and he survived, so she could be stuck with EAR and survive, too.
Would not be surprised if she is the first girl in several generations from that side of the family to take her husband's last name though!
Speaking of really unfortunate and/or cruel names, my grandfather once worked with a man named Harry Butz.
And be careful of initials - you don't want little Catherine Ursula Nancy Thompson having a difficult time at school...
My best mate's first two names are Rebecca Catherine, and she did get called "arsey" (R. C) quite a bit.
I suggested as a joke to my fiance:
But that didn't go so well so we agreed on Shayne and Gracie, of course that's if the plan goes well for us to have one boy and one girl. Think I've been kind to mother nature, so hopefully she might return the favour :-)
One more thought--consider what the name rhymes with. My wife had the misfortune to be named "Tucker" which not only sounds more like a boy's name but rhymes with a couple of other words that you'd best not have your child's name rhyme with. To compound the problem, her last name was Tilley. This of course caused much confusion and required her to continually explain that her name was Tucker Tilley, not Tilley Tucker. Her parents must have had brain fade when they named her!
My last two boys are named after hockey players Landon (Lanny McDonald) and Cameron (Cam Neilly) ...my daughter ...Earth .... 'Terra' and she absolutely loves her name..but she did run into a Dr. who once said...nobody spells their name like that...Oh she was mad.. poor Dr. lol
i think names like Amy, Nadia; or arabian names are very nice like Aisha, fatima, fatma, Faten, Nadia, Nour, Nora, Nada, Sammer, Esra, Sara, Dena, Marwa, Warda, Zahra, Amira....and many more.
if boy; there are also nice arabian names and the most well known some islamic name like:
Ali, Ahamed, Mostafa, Khaled, Omer, Baker, Salah, Hesham, Sherif, Ashraf, Sharaf, Nader, Ramy, Maher, salem, Shaker, ...., and many more
I knew that I wanted a particular name, for years before I ever had a baby, but decided to go with a traditional family name during my second trimester. I don't know why, but I really am glad that I did.
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