The Name Game

When you find out that you are pregnant, a tsunami of emotions comes rushing over you and then comes the questions that you begin to ask yourself:

1. What will we name the baby?

2. What school should we try and enroll in?

3. How much do baby items cost?

And the list goes on and on.

When we were pregnant with Jack, we had a million name suggestions from everyone under the sun.  It drives me crazy when people do that.  Or they ask “What names are you considering?”  My response used to be a short list of the real names that we were mulling over for Jack, and then people would have the gall to come and say “Oh that name is terrible” or “Really?  You like that name?”  This absolutely drove me nuts and from then on, we decided that we would keep our chosen name a secret until the baby was born to avoid all of the negative comments, because at the end of the day, who really cares if other people like the name?  It should really be up to the parents for the name choice.

So, a little over two years later, here we are again in the same boat with the names.

Please also let it be said that Jack was not officially named and decided upon until about 2 weeks before he was born.  My husband and I can be very stubborn when it comes to the name game and are not really willing to concede to the other person’s wishes.  We have made lists, compared lists, asked very close friends and family for suggestions, bought every name book out there and the list goes on.

There is often times a lot of pressure when choosing a name, and one main thing that comes to mind is to think if the name would signify a professional person when this baby eventually goes on a job search?  Would someone in an HR department read the name and think that he was not a worthy candidate because of his name?  I’m probably highly overthinking this, but these thoughts do cross my mind when trying to come up with the perfect name list.

I have one or two names that I do kind of like, but would have to talk Chris into both of them.  We have some parameters for what constitutes as a good possible name:

Short first name (due to the lengthy last name)

Nothing of the 80’s era- (ie) Christopher, Michael, David, etc…

Nothing too “Hollywood”- (ie) Apple, Desk or any other inanimate object

Nothing exceptionally popular right now.  I hated being the second Molly in my elementary school class.

So, please feel free to offer your suggestions.  I would love to hear some as we seem to be at a dead end for this baby’s name.

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4 thoughts on “The Name Game

  1. names are SO HARD! If/when we have another Im totally at a loss!! I honestly don’t think Id be of any help but I can’t wait to hear what you guys pick!!!

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