Choosing Baby Names

I have a weird tendencey to look up baby names. All the time. I like looking up their meaning. How they rank in popularity. People in pop culture who have that name. Whatever. Nameberry.com is a great site to do this. I especially love all the crazy lists they have like- “If you like Ella, you’ll like these” or “Old lady names” There’s a ton of awesome lists and forums like that.

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First off, lets talk the popular list. I LOVE these. It’s so fun to see what names have become trendy the past year.

2012 Most popular boy names-

1. Liam

2. Ethan

3. Noah

4. Mason

5. Jacob

6. Jack

7. Aiden

8. Jackson

9. Logan

10. Lucas

2012 Most popular girl names-

1. Sophia

2. Isabella

3. Emma

4. Olivia

5. Ava

6. Emily

7. Abigail

8. Madison

9. Mia

10. Chloe

 

I have a sixth sense in that I always seem to like uncommon girl names that become very popular. If my son had been a girl he would have been named Stella. After he was born this name became one of the top girl names that year. Shortly after, I decided a future daughter of mine would be name Charlotte and now that’s on the popular list. My next pick was Olive. I never thought  this would reach popularity but Drew Barrymore just gave birth to a daughter and named her Olive. I’m predicting that this will be a top name in 2013. Now I’ve come up with a fourth girl name for a future daughter and I’m not telling anyone so I don’t jinx it in the hopes that it stays uncommon.

For the record, I’m not pregnant. My husband and I do, however, have two more boys names picked complete with  middle names so we’re pretty set for the future. When choosing baby names, do most people plan ahead like we do, or do you still debate it until the baby is born? It also always interests me how people choose names for their children. Do they just choose strictly based on what they like? Go with a current trend or something off the popular list I talked about earlier? Name all their children with the same initials? All the kids in my husbands family have a D first name and a middle name that starts with L. Pretty cool. Name after relatives?

All of the  names I have chosen are named partly for loved ones. When it comes to names, it’s important to me to name my child after someone loved, missed, looked up to, or honored. Personally, I don’t think there’s any greater gift than someone naming their baby after you. I love that. My son is named after both his grandpas. My dad’s middle name is his first name and my husbands dads middle name is his middle name. It just so happens that all the names we have picked for future children are also named after relatives plus the first names end in S and the middle names in L.

 

So what about you? How did you choose your children’s names? Are they named after anyone? Do your children’s names all share something in common? Did you use any name books or sites to help you choose names? I love hearing about this kind of stuff so please leave us a comment and let us know!

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