Neil and I started considering baby names around week 17 of our pregnancy. We sat down and both made our own list of about 10 boy names and 10 girl names (although I am pretty sure that my boy name list was like 15 and girl was around 6). Once we finished our individual lists we exchanged them and crossed off any that we didn’t like from each others lists and then from our two lists we then created one master list.
We then considered the following things:
- nicknames/shortening of name
- how it sounded with our last names
- for girls names how it sounded with our pre-determined middle name
- ease of pronunciation and spelling
The things we didn’t take into consideration:
- opinions of family and friends
Girls Names: Here are a few of the girls names that made our lists (either his, hers or ours) at some point in our naming process [note this list may or may not include the final name choice – you’ll just have to wait to find out!]
- Edith (Edie)
Boys Names: Here are a few of the boys names that made our lists (either his, hers or ours) at some point in our naming process [note like above this list may or may not include the final name choice – you’ll just have to wait to find out!]
- Peeta (loved because of Scandinavian roots but removed from list for obvious reasons)
Eventually we whittled our lists down and came up with five boy and five girl names that we really liked. Then we let things marinate for a while and took a few weeks off from really discussing names.
Around Week 23, we started to really talk about names again and slowly started to reduce our list. By Week 24 we had decided on our boys first name and middle name but we were still debating over our girl’s name.
By Week 26, we had narrowed our girls name down to two options although we were leaning more towards one and eventually settled on it(or so we thought). Then, around week 33 I came across another girls name that I really have been drawn to and we debated over it for a few weeks but ultimately decided that the name we were leaning towards originally was the girls name wanted to go with.
Now here we are Week 37 and we are ready and waiting the arrival of our little boy or girl. Part of me wonders if we will have a change of heart about the name when we meet them? Will we need to go back to the drawing board? Or will the name that we decided on be just right?
How did you go about choosing your baby name(s)?
- BabyKerf: A Rose By Any Other Name
- Bug Child: What’s in a Name?
- The Bump: A No-Stress Guide to Baby Naming
- Daily Garnish: What’s In A Name? Choosing One for a Baby Boy