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  1. Desperately working on naming our second child, a boy, due to arrive in less than one month!
    I am sure you are a reader of Swistle’s baby name blog,
    http://swistlebabynames.blogspot.ca/ but if not, you have to check it out. I am an avid daily reader, for all of the reasons you listed – curiosity on how people choose names, and if there are patterns, challenges, etc.

  2. I too have to have my names picked out before I become pregnant. My first was a boy. We gave him my dad’s middle name…something I had always wanted to do. I had a list of names and the only one on the list my husband liked was Elijah. So our son is Elijah Gary…Elijah means Jehovah is God and Gary means spear carrier. When I was pregnant with Elijah, we already had our daughter’s name picked out. We wanted to name her after both of our mothers, but didn’t want her to have their exact names. So one day I ran across the name Aleezah and told my husband thinking he would hate it and he immediately fell in love with the name. My mom’s middle name is Allyson and his mom’s middle name is Maria, so we named our daughter Allyzah Marie. Allyzah means joyful one and 3 weeks before she was born we opened a children’s home and received 15 children. Those first 2-3 weeks were HORRIBLE! Everything was chaotic as we were trying to figure everything out and trying to love on children who weren’t sure what to think, etc. When she was born, she was literally the peace in the midst of the storm. She’s been a joy to have and the timing of it all was perfect! I made my husband sit down with me a few days ago to brainstorm on names, esp boy names, and we now have our next 4 children named, granted, my husband still wants to wait at least 2 more years until we get pregnant again.

  3. When picking names we both went to a website and made separate lists then swapped lists and crossed off the no’s. There were still a few names after that so we discussed and came up with 2 names that we both loved (by this time we knew we were having a girl BTW but picked one boy name just in case). The names were going to be a secret until the baby was born so we could see her and decide. Then my water broke at 27 weeks and she made an early entrance at 29 weeks. I chose between the two (I felt I earned the right with 2 weeks of hospital bed rest) and decided on Elise Jeannine. Jeannine is his grandmother (who is from France originally) and come to find out she had a Tante Elise. It suits our strong, small and healthy daughter well 🙂

  4. Well the problem I’m having is I’m almost 6 months pregnant with a baby girl(thrilled) but my hubby and I can’t agree on a name. I’m so frustrated. I got a book and picked out over 30 names and he didn’t like one! Help!

  5. We have a children’s literary theme. Amelia (‘Amelia Bedelia’), Matilda (by Roald Dahl), and Finn (as in ‘Huck Finn’). Matilda’s name also represents her birthplace – she was born in Australia, so she is our “Walzting Matilda”. :). There middle names are a totally different story, the last one in particular. My son, four months old, has the middle name “Lucky”. After a high risk, complicated pregnancy, and three rounds of preterm labor beginning at 20 weeks, we felt very “lucky” just to have him here.

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