Picking a name

We are looking for names that can be easily pronounced in English and Spanish. FI's name is not easily pronounced in Spanish at all and when he lived in Argentina as a child, it made things difficult for him. We have a couple in mind--they are names that we have always come back to when we would casually talk about names that we liked. We've liked them for years, so I think that's a good sign. But that might all change when we meet our baby in person.

I say forget about other people's kids unless they are family members, and dogs. Who knows how long they will be in your life, especially a dog! Your child will be with you the rest of your life and so will their name. Pick a name you like and try not to worry what others think.

I also recommend not telling people the names until your baby is born and named. If you like a name, then you like it. You will never find a name that everyone in the world likes, so all that will happen is people will say they don't like it and you will get hurt and/or end up changing your plans for your child's name based on someone else's opinion.

This from someone who does not have a child yet, so take it with a grain of salt if you want

Maybe you have some other dog names I'd like then

After Maya (a Pug), I stopped using people names for pets. My current pets are named Splash and Smudge...not very good people names. Other pets that I've had with people names were Ginger, Kerry, and Lilly. No help to you, though, since nearly all my pets have been girls.

My leftover baby boy names were Nolan and Kellan...my sons are all named with 'an' at the end of their names (Ryan, Evan and Tristan). You're welcome to them, since I don't think they'd make very good pet names.

My sister has a dog named Sam. My brother had a baby boy after that and named him Sam. It doesn't seem to cause any confusion in the family.
I've wanted to name a boy Christopher Michael since I was a kid. Hubby was okay with Christopher, but didn't care for Michael...so I suggested hubby's first name as Chris' middle name...and he almost cried...it was so sweet. If he had been a girl, his name would have been Christine Michelle (I think). #2 son is David and two middle names after his GFs..MIL apparently is still upset that my father's name is first--we decided on alphabetical order - and she is definitely upset that both his name were not used on his HS diploma - after all, BIL's diploma has all his names on it...okay, we're talking 27 letters as opposed to 31 and those 4 letters make a difference on a diploma. If they had asked, I would have asked that they use both initials on it.

Victoria Autumn is my oldest daughter's name (I love her name) Years ago I worked with a tall, elegant creature named Tori and I loved her name. Took me a while to realize that it was short for Victoria, but Victoria just did not suit her. My daughter goes by Tori or Victoria. We call her both and school calls her both. I was determined not to have a 'princess' after 2 boys, so what do they do? Tell her that she was named after a queen. She wasn't, I just like the name! Again, MIL doesn't care for it (actually told Tori that she hates her name) as she is a rabid Anglophile and holds Queen Victoria personally responsible for the downfall of the British Empire. (I can't win with names) Younger daughter is Alexandra Grace...wanted Grace as a first name, hubby didn't care for it, so he found the Greek word for Grace for me. We considered Bethany til I looked up the meaning "House of Poverty" and I refuse to give that to a child. Mentioned THAT to her and she said, 'well, how fitting'. We've never had tons of money like her other sons so....but that was so out of line. I make her sound horrid, but she is wonderful in a lot of ways...she's been there for us at some pretty difficult times and was such a Godsend when we lost our youngest son...so I tend to cut her some slack, but she's about run out of that!

Maybe check back in your heritage for popular names. I do love the name Emma, but that was soundly vetoed so...I considered Sydney for Tori, until I thought of Victoria and then no question about it.

Another hint is make sure that you can go to the front door and yell it at the top of your lungs...I tried that with a name or two (forgotten now) and died laughing...so those were off the list.
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Susan, your MIL sounds like mine--very helpful at times and someone you want to strangle at other times.

Good suggestion to practice yelling names.

The dog thing will get annoying. I have people tell me all the time that they had a dog named Bailey - I'm like, hmmm, thanks.
Originally Posted by babywavy
Yup, I have a dog named Bailey. I also have dogs named Lisa and Jake (this one I regret b/c I liked Jacob/Jake as a boy's name, I even thought about renaming the dog). I don't really get why people (in general, not just BW) get offended about this. I always have to bite my toungue when I meet a Lisa b/c I'd love to tell them that's my dog's name too. If I met a dog with my name, I'd be thrilled, but maybe I'm just a crazy dog person. DH's dad named a dog after him, although DH didn't go by that name at the time. He does now, so whenever they talk about the dog, it's "xxx the dog" to differentiate between them. DH was never offended, he thought it was pretty cool. Like I said, unless the pet is a young pet living in the same household as the child (as is our case with Jake), I would not let this stop me from choosing the name I liked best.
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The dog thing will get annoying. I have people tell me all the time that they had a dog named Bailey - I'm like, hmmm, thanks.
Originally Posted by babywavy
Yup, I have a dog named Bailey. I also have dogs named Lisa and Jake (this one I regret b/c I liked Jacob/Jake as a boy's name, I even thought about renaming the dog). I don't really get why people (in general, not just BW) get offended about this. I always have to bite my toungue when I meet a Lisa b/c I'd love to tell them that's my dog's name too. If I met a dog with my name, I'd be thrilled, but maybe I'm just a crazy dog person. DH's dad named a dog after him, although DH didn't go by that name at the time. He does now, so whenever they talk about the dog, it's "xxx the dog" to differentiate between them. DH was never offended, he thought it was pretty cool. Like I said, unless the pet is a young pet living in the same household as the child (as is our case with Jake), I would not let this stop me from choosing the name I liked best.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
Didn't Steve Irwin name his daughter, Bindi, after one of his favorite crocodiles at his zoo?

Susan, I'm a Torri. Not Victoria. Just Torri. My mom liked Torri and almost named me Victoria but my grandma campaigned too hard for it so my mom didn't use it to spite her.


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My mom's best friend had a dog with my name. The dog came first. My mom and her friend had their kids all around the same time, so we did a lot of stuff together till I was like FIFTEEN. That dog lived to be like 105 and IT PLAGUED ME. Ok, slightly dramatic, but it sucks sharing the same name as your friend's family dog. ONLY my mom would do something so scattered as name me after a freakin dog.

We named our daughter after our mothers and that was pretty easy. I had planned to name the next after my grandmother (I AM NOT PREGNANT) but my brother and his wife are expecting and they called it...so now we'll have to think of something else. They've also called it even if this child is a boy...for the next one. I'm not sure that's fair but I'm not going to start anything over it

Right now I have a short list of girl names I like (I am pretty certain if we ever have a boy, we'll name it after our brothers because oddly, they have the same names) but I'm keeping them kind of close. I like them and don't want them picked apart. It doesn't matter how much you love a name, if you trot it out for inspection before the baby is born, someone is going to say something to hurt your feelings.
I never had a problem naming my kids. There were always a lot of names I really liked. I didn't feel any pressure to use family or biblical names though...I just named my kids with names I liked and that I thought would grow-up well, and also that couldn't be shortened easily, because I don't really like nicknames. I even have several leftover names that I'm a teeny bit sad that I'll never get to use.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I don't like nicknames either. We almost named Harry "Henry" after DH's grandpa, but I really hate the nickname "Hank." Harry is a big family name too, and we preferred it, so we went with that. Our girl's name (not pregnant either!) is Anna Elizabeth, for two of our grandmothers and because Anna is not easily shortened.
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While pregnant Cool Hand Luke was shown on tv and I fell in love with the name. But it was still a toss-up between a few boys names. So when Luke was born and having trouble breathing right away DH had to soothe him by saying "Okay baby, it's okay" since I hadn't given the green light on a boys name. I had to see him to see if he was a Luke!

We still have a girls name stashed away that we totally agreed on.
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Right now I have a short list of girl names I like (I am pretty certain if we ever have a boy, we'll name it after our brothers because oddly, they have the same names) but I'm keeping them kind of close. I like them and don't want them picked apart. It doesn't matter how much you love a name, if you trot it out for inspection before the baby is born, someone is going to say something to hurt your feelings.
Originally Posted by CGNYC
I agree--if you know you like the name, that's all that matters.

The dog thing will get annoying. I have people tell me all the time that they had a dog named Bailey - I'm like, hmmm, thanks.
Originally Posted by babywavy
Yup, I have a dog named Bailey. I also have dogs named Lisa and Jake (this one I regret b/c I liked Jacob/Jake as a boy's name, I even thought about renaming the dog). I don't really get why people (in general, not just BW) get offended about this. I always have to bite my toungue when I meet a Lisa b/c I'd love to tell them that's my dog's name too. If I met a dog with my name, I'd be thrilled, but maybe I'm just a crazy dog person.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
i'm a crazy dog person too.. and a member here named their child the same name as my dog.. but i chose that name for my dog because i loved the name, and for the time being our dog is like our child..
our best friends have a dog that has the same name as a curlies child.. but they chose that name because they loved it, and their dog is like their child too..
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
How did you decide on your baby's name? I'm having a bit of trouble.

One issue has to do with names I like, but I know people who either have that name or have named their kids that. And especially if it's people I or DH interact with, I would feel awkward if our kids had the same or similar names.

Second issue has to do with a name DH likes, and I actually like too, but the short form of the name (the one we would use most often) is the same as my boss' dog's name. And I know the dog. He brings the dog into the office, it comes into my office and puts its head on my lap. He does agility shows with the dog, and office conversations on Mondays frequently include "So how did you and Xxx do at the dog show this weekend?" I can't call my child the same name as a dog I know! Every time I called my child, I'd be seeing a standard poodle in my mind.

I'm having a hard enough time finding names I like at all, so this is really starting to get annoying. Any suggestions?
Originally Posted by jce
i had/have the exact same problems you mentioned!!!

for as long as i can remember i was dead set on naming my daughter maia elizabeth. to me, it was the perfect name. not too ordinary, but not so crazy that shed never be able to get a job. SO's has a neice named maija, so that name was out the window. so i said okay, ava elizabeth. then his dumb mother informed us that one of his cousins had a baby who they initially named avery but decided they didnt like it so they were changing it to ava. jerks.

somehow the man and i made an agreement that if he stopped 2 of his bad habits, he could have full naming privileges. his contributions were dionysis (yes like the greek god), phaedra (i think he read that in a book) and majerle mae (both are family names). i chose the lesser of all evils. BUT i wasnt too happy about it because he had a dog at the time named.....marley. he claims that theyre spelled differently but im not so sure. i hate seeing all those books about that damn dog named marley. as a matter of fact, a picture of his dog marley is looking at me right now (RIP marley. he passed a few months before the baby was born.) just a few weeks ago SO's dad called to say that they got a new dog and they were going to name it marley jr, but decided to name it majerle mae instead.

see the madness i have to deal with??????
DH and I argued about names. I wanted to stab him in his sleep - his taste was so freaking boring (I like classic, but not super common names) I wanted to kill him.

We pretty much had to table all discussions until we found out the gender of our baby. We had a sort of a short list of girl names we liked - Fiona, Maeve, a few others but nothing for a boy. Once we found out our baby was a boy, I printed out the top 1000 names from the social security web site and went through it, crossing off every name I hated. Then he did the same thing. Eventually we got to about 20 names that were tolerable - Lucas was the only name that we both really loved - we didn't really agree on middle names until a day or two before I went to the hospital, but one is my husband's middle name and the other is the first name of my father and one of my grandfathers.
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There is no way on God's green earth that I would have named either of my girls after our moms...Mabel Winfred and Ruby Eileen. Hope I am not offending anyone, but our last name is 10 letters long and German. I had to be careful and I just don't care for their names for my girls...there was NO configuration that I could stand. Actually, told hubby that and he felt the same way. MIL asked why we didn't we use one of her names...and I told her that I would have to use both grandmother's names so........
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There is no way on God's green earth that I would have named either of my girls after our moms...Mabel Winfred and Ruby Eileen. Hope I am not offending anyone, but our last name is 10 letters long and German. I had to be careful and I just don't care for their names for my girls...there was NO configuration that I could stand. Actually, told hubby that and he felt the same way. MIL asked why we didn't we use one of her names...and I told her that I would have to use both grandmother's names so........
Originally Posted by susancnw

Oh yeah, well my grandmothers are Bettye Alyce (my great grandma had an affinity for the letter "y") and Berta Buna. I'm not even making that up. She was named after her grandmothers, Berta Tabitha and Sara Buna. My great grandmother's names are Leona, Zelma, Stella and Maude, and I don't think I'll be using any of those either. I will probably try to incorporate my mom's middle name as a middle name for a daughter, it's Annette.
Zelma and Stella are pretty.
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We just used our fathers' names. His father's name is common, but has an unusual spelling. My father's name is common, but only among Hispanics/Latinos.

We didn't decide until a week before DJ was born. I liked Caleb, Brandon and Brooklyn. He hated the first two, and he's from Brooklyn so we decided that one would be kind of corny. He liked Franklin and his first name. I said hell no to his first name and Franklin reminds me of Franklin the Turtle.

I like family names, personally. If I have another boy, I'll try to use my brothers names or my great-grandfathers' names (Aaron, Antonio [actually, I'll probably do a variation of his nickname because I'm not too fond of Antonio], Caleb, or Andres). I like more creative girls names, but I'll try to work in Sarah or Catherine (my deceased grandmother's first and middle names).
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Last edited by Po; 01-23-2008 at 05:11 PM.
Another hint is make sure that you can go to the front door and yell it at the top of your lungs...I tried that with a name or two (forgotten now) and died laughing...so those were off the list.
Originally Posted by susancnw
Thanks for all the input so far. I've got lots to think about. The above from Susan was rather helpful - already ditched a name I was pondering.

And as many have suggested, haven't told a soul any of the names I'm seriously considering yet! When they ask, I either say we haven't decided or give odd answers, but with a straight face. "This week I'm thinking Cleopatra or Caligula." They never know if I'm serious or not, so it shuts them up temporarily.
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We just used our fathers' names. His father's name is common, but has an unusual spelling. My father's name is common, but only among Hispanics/Latinos.

We didn't decide until a week before DJ was born. I liked Caleb, Brandon and Brooklyn. He hated the first two, and he's from Brooklyn so we decided that one would be kind of corny. He liked Franklin and his first name. I said hell no to his first name and Franklin reminds me of Franklin the Turtle.

I like family names, personally. If I have another boy, I'll try to use my brothers names or my great-grandfathers' names (Aaron, Antonio [actually, I'll probably do a variation of his nickname because I'm not too fond of Antonio], Caleb, or Andres). I like more creative girls names, but I'll try to work in Sarah or Catherine (my deceased grandmother's first and middle names).
Originally Posted by Po
That cracked me up-- I love Franklin the Turtle!!

I'm glad you are not planning on sharing any of your name choices beforehand-- it is just asking for trouble from family members. I told my family that they aren't finding out the (very in the future!) baby's name until it's on the birth certificate and can't be changed

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