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Old 08-16-2007, 11:52 AM   #1
 
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How did you determine you child's name?
We're stuck (like last time). We can't agree.
I prefer to have a name settled on before she arrives.

Did you use any helpful books or websites?
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Old 08-16-2007, 11:57 AM   #2
 
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My son's name just came to us, but it's in the Bible. I looked through the Bible and a book of African names, and would probably use those again for my next child.

I got a CD with thousands of names at a baby show that was made by Enfamil (only realized that after!) There are tons of websites but I think it's easier to look on them when you narrow down what type of name you want... Biblical, from a certain culture, etc. etc. etc.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:37 PM   #3
 
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I like the book "The Baby Name Wizard" by Laura Wattenberg. This is a neat, accompanying site that lets you look at a name's popularity over time: http://www.babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html

There's also the good old SSA.gov website - if you do a search there for baby names, it'll bring you to an area of the site where the government has been compiling lists of the top 1,000 names for girls and boys each year since the 1800s.
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Good ideas. We've done both and I'm still looking for something that we both like. Last time, I had a name that I thought we both liked up until the last week. He admitted there was no way he could see his child with that name. We scrambled toward the end to find names (boy and girl since we didn't know). I am happy with our final decision but it was stressful. I was fearful that the baby was going to be "baby lastname" for the first week of her life.

I will put this to prayer!
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Good ideas. We've done both and I'm still looking for something that we both like. Last time, I had a name that I thought we both liked up until the last week. He admitted there was no way he could see his child with that name. We scrambled toward the end to find names (boy and girl since we didn't know). I am happy with our final decision but it was stressful. I was fearful that the baby was going to be "baby lastname" for the first week of her life.

I will put this to prayer!
I was without a name for L for 2 days. She was almost a Sarah.
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Old 08-16-2007, 12:57 PM   #6
 
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Oh and I envy those of you who have used relative names as inspiration. My parents and grandparents names are not attractive at all!
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Old 08-16-2007, 01:39 PM   #7
 
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Our name isn't picked out 100% yet, but we're pretty sure what we're going to go with (I'm too superstitious to admit we're 100% on it).

For us, it was fairly easy. Since I'm Jewish, we knew we wanted to name the baby after a relative who had passed away. Two of my grandparents died shortly after our wedding, so that gave us two letters to work with. Secondly, we really wanted to use a Bible name. So, we thought of our Bible stories and also bible-name-websites and searched by first letter.

Now, if only we could agree on a middle name. I'm pretty set on what I want, but my husband's just not sold on it. It's the name of the grandparent whose initial we aren't using for the first name. My husband keeps saying we can save that letter for the first name of our next baby, but I'd rather use it now just in case, then use it again later too if we have the opportunity.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:40 PM   #8
 
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I have a baby name book, and I went through the whole thing writing down all the names (and their meanings) that I liked. Then DH went through my lists and checked off the ones he liked. Once we found out the baby is a boy though, we pretty much knew what his name would be. There seems to be only one boy name that we both really like. I made another list for middle names and we picked one out in about a week. The middle name isn't set in stone if we come up with something better, but we are both happy with the names we have right now.
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Old 08-16-2007, 02:54 PM   #9
 
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I read through several name books for DD but ultimately just decided on a name I'd like since childhood.

But with this baby, a boy, I just don't know. I haven't really started thinking about it...and boys names have neve come easily to me. It sems like the acceptable choices are really limited for a boy.

Back to the books and websites, I guess.
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:18 PM   #10
 
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I looked everywherenline searches, books-even read the credits after movies... there are actually some neat names in the credits.
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We got our first names from characters on TV shows we like (Buffy, Angel, and Alias) , and middle names from Uganda, which is very meaningful for us. We picked out both boy and girl names before we found out, and obviously ended up using the boy name.
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The front runner name for us for a girl is a funny story:

We were at an ice cream parlor and up on the wall was a huge thank you card from a visiting elementary school class. I noticed one name in particular and we both looked at each other and smiled. It was the instant front-runner.

Boys names: Mostly baseball players or movie characters!
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We got our first names from characters on TV shows we like (Buffy, Angel, and Alias) , and middle names from Uganda, which is very meaningful for us. We picked out both boy and girl names before we found out, and obviously ended up using the boy name.
When I first read your post - I thought you mean you were going to name your baby Buffy, Angel or Alias.
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I looked everywherenline searches, books-even read the credits after movies... there are actually some neat names in the credits.
Now that's a good idea!

It's good to know I'm not alone in this feat
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we chose two family names.

i think once i tried to pitch a combination of both of our names though...
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I like the book "The Baby Name Wizard" by Laura Wattenberg. This is a neat, accompanying site that lets you look at a name's popularity over time: http://www.babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html
I really liked this book as well! I thought it was really cool how she added suggestions on names for brothers and sisters for every name and the style family catagories. I think it was much different than any baby name book I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot!

I also liked "Beyond Jennifer, Jason, Madison & Montana..What to name your baby now" by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran. They also catagorize names by style, nationality etc. instead of the usual alphabetical list of names.

Those books were very helpful! I had a ton of helpful websites bookmarked too but I've since deleted them.
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I found a list of Catholic Saint's names and took note of all of the ones that were acceptable to me. We then narrowed it down from there.

We have a battle on our hands if Baby#2 is a boy. My husband has his heart set on Tomas. I don't care much for it when translated to English.
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Old 08-20-2007, 07:37 AM   #18
 
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I've found a lot of good websites out there--just put "baby names" into Google and a ton will pop up. There are some that let you search or browse by nationality, first letter, number of syllables, meaning, etc.

(And no I don't have a baby, but I use those sites when I do creative writing and am stuck for character names! )
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I've found a lot of good websites out there--just put "baby names" into Google and a ton will pop up. There are some that let you search or browse by nationality, first letter, number of syllables, meaning, etc.

(And no I don't have a baby, but I use those sites when I do creative writing and am stuck for character names! )
I was just about to type: When did YOU have a baby????????
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I've found a lot of good websites out there--just put "baby names" into Google and a ton will pop up. There are some that let you search or browse by nationality, first letter, number of syllables, meaning, etc.

(And no I don't have a baby, but I use those sites when I do creative writing and am stuck for character names! )
I was just about to type: When did YOU have a baby????????
believe me, I will let you all know!
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