Aware of the fact that Pancake isn’t an ideal name for a baby, with less than 12 weeks until our due date is upon us, and aware that over 33% of parents decide on a name in the second trimester, we’ve decided to take another look at baby names.
Sadly our previous short-list which we kept on my mobile phone, vanished not so long ago following the Beta testing of the latest Windows Phone 10 OS update. So it’s time to start over again…
All Hail The NameBerry
This time we’re keeping track of our list on NameBerry, a website we discovered back in February, and one I find rather addictive as it shows what people are searching for in real time (Ulysses, Lark, Sawyer, Ichabod…).
Trying to drum up a list of baby names we like that aren’t already in use by our immediate family is proving a little difficult.
We both like old fashion names, but due to our surname, we are restricted somewhat as name compatibility comes in to play with certain ones. Even if we wanted to, there is no way we could choose Autumn, Jack, David or Dee – work it out 😉
Baby Name Considerations
As we give more time to thinking of baby names, we’re also aware that there a number of additional things we need to give consideration to such as initials and possible nicknames. I guess as you only get one chance, it is worth trying to anticipate any potentially embarrassing ones that could cause issues in the future.
So our baby name list is live, and over the next few days and weeks we’ll hopefully drum up some more boys names as currently it is 15-5 to the girls!
Baby names… where do you begin?
I had no idea that Baby Names is like entering a strangely unique world, after all until a baby is on its way, most of us just accept our own name, and those of our friends, without any question. It was decided for us, and most of us trundle through life being know what was given to us by our parents.
Now we’re responsible for a lifelong label! I guess first of all ruling out names that simply don’t go with your surname due to comedy value (and most probably bullying while at school) is a good start. Then theres the friends who had babies before you and have claimed one of your favourites. What about passing on parents names, but without upsetting the other side of the family?
Then there are the unconventional names, which we’ve ruled out. No Apples, Nutella is a definite no as is Ambrosia (can’t help but think custard) and Velvet just sounds like a stripper from Vegas!
I think we’ve also agreed to steer clear from unisex names such as Hilary to save any confusion in the early years, and again, to reduce the likelihood of being picked on at school.
A quick Google revealed a website called NameBerry which truely opened my eyes to this mysterious world. So many names, so many meanings and so many “Why the hell would you call a baby that?”… Most of last years Top 10 are pretty cool, some we couldn’t possibly use but certainly two that we’d already short listed before knowing they were so popular.
It’s actually quite good spending a bit of time on sites like NameBerry, just to give you a bit of inspiration. You can even see live names being searched, most of which are sensible, but occasionally you see Katniss appear (a great trilogy).
2014 Top 10 Baby Names