One of the biggest decisions we, as parents, make for our child is what they are going to be called. It is so hard to make the right choice and there are so many points to consider. Whether you pick a name that you love, one that means something or just one that you think suits your newborn baby, that name is going to be with that child for the rest of their life.
When it came to naming Ted we scoured the internet, considered family names, wrote list upon list of names, pairing them with his surname to see if they worked. We had girls names before we knew he was a boy, I had my favourites and Joe had his.
I wanted to share with you some of the names we came up with!
Top of our list was Dexter, we are huge fans of the TV series and the name is lovely. We were quite set on this for months into the pregnancy but towards the end I started to get a niggly feeling that my boy wasn't a Dexter and no matter how much I loved the name it wouldn't feel right calling him it. I have since discovered that Gemma at My Mills Baby has a lovely little boy called Dexter and it suits him perfectly.
We also liked Evan but felt again we couldn't see ourselves calling his name when he was coming out of school or talking to people about him. It just didn't feel like his name.
We decided early that we wanted Ted to have a middle name from a family member and with our parents having quite modern names that really didn't suit a baby we decided to go for Joe's Grandads name - Stanley. It is a lovely name and I like that it is quite old fashioned to go with his first name.
Girls names we liked were Leah-Rae and Matilda (Matty) and I think Leah will be a name we will consider again if we ever have a girl.
Other names we had were Sebastian, Jensen, Hunter, Aria and I was told no from the offset with Aurora or Briar Rose!
My top tips for naming a baby...
- Think about the spelling, try not to over complicate it or your child will have a lifetime of frustration from having to correct people constantly. Also think about the length of the name as they will have to write it more times than you can count.
- Google, find out who they share their name with. The last thing you want is your child having the same name as some notorious gangster or a stripper!
- Don't be afraid to be original, there is nothing wrong with a child having a quirky name, I liked Jet and Brann. But just remember that you will be referred to as Moxie Crimefighters Mum or Pilot Inspektors Dad! Yes they are actual celebrity's baby names!
- Consider their initials. Often children being children, will call each other names and if your name is Peter Oliver Owen you are not going to sail through school without getting a few jibes!
- My most important tip is to choose a name you love. You are giving that child an amazing gift and it should be a name that you have put a lot of thought in to and that you feel proud of as you do your child.
Do your children have quirky names or more traditional?
Any embarrassing initials out there?