What do you do when you like too many names?
As an avid lover of names, I have an appreciation for a wide array of names. If you handed me a pen and paper and asked me to write down 50 names that I like my only problem would be which 50 names to pick.
There are so many wonderful names! It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes time to choose a name. I find that people in the baby name community sometimes have a hard time honing in and choosing a name. It could be that we love too many names, have too much knowledge, or realize the weight of what a name means. Most of us will have/do have a couple of children. That means we’ll only get to use a few precious names.
So, how do you narrow it down and choose a name perfect for your little one?
Make a big list
Don’t limit yourself, write down every name that comes into your mind. Pull out your books, surf your favorite name blogs, and allow yourself a full mental dump of every name you might ever consider. Once you’ve got a huge list of potential names down, start separating it out by names you like vs names you love. There are so many names that I think are brilliant and would recommend in a heartbeat, but I don’t know that I like them enough to actually use them. Add names that clash with your surname over to the pile of “like, but won’t use” list.
Run names by your partner
Even if your partner isn’t a name enthusiast, everyone has an opinion about names they like and don’t like. Although it is a bummer when your significant other scrunches up their nose at one of your favorite names, it is important that you use a name you both love.
You might also ask your partner to make his/her own list without seeing your list of names. Then you can compare the two and see if there are any names that appear on both of your lists.
Would you or your partner want this name?
There are many grand and glorious names that I treasure but I’m also glad my parents didn’t give me. It’s a good rule of thumb to use a name that either you or your partner would have liked to have been named. Can you picture it on yourself at 6? 36? 96?
Look to names you’ve loved forever
Many of my favorite names are the names of characters in books I read as a child. There are a handful of names that I’ve loved most of my life. I feel as though I’m always on the hunt for a new name to love, but I often comeback to names I’ve loved forever. There’s less chance for name regret when you go with a name you’ve enjoyed for a long time.
Name Significance/Family ties
When I look at my own list of name loves, certain names stand out. These are names that have significance to me for an array of meanings. They may be a twist on a family members name, the name of a place where you met your partner, or perhaps the name of a heroine in your favorite childhood story. Using a name with meaning adds to the story behind it.
Enjoy the naming process!