Friday, 16 August 2013

Whats in a Name?



With the latest Top Baby Names of 2013 being released this week it got me thinking, what is in a name? 

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. 

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Do your children have quirky names or more traditional? 
Any embarrassing initials out there?





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11 comments:

  1. It can be so difficult naming babies. We struggled! I tried to give my daughters simple names but with a strong meaning behind them. The meaning was the most important for us.

    My eldest's name means 'guide to righteousness' and my youngest means 'intelligent, noble and eminent'.

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    1. Thats one thing we don't have with Ted, a meaning. Because Ted is often short for Theodore or Edward it doesn't have a meaning but I think he will be ok with knowing his name is original :)

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  2. Love the name Dexter, it's unique but lovely, also trying to find a boys name that's cute but also manly for when they're an adult..if Abbie was a boy we liked Max :). I agree with really thinking hard about your childs name, it's theirs for life, yes it's unfair that you maybe can't call your child exactly what you want incase of bullying but thats what kids are like, it's not right or nice! Like the baby that's called Hashtag...not funny xx

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    1. Yes there are some horrendous names out there! I have an ancestor along the line called Fanny Trimmer...hmmm! Abbie is a gorgeous name and suits her so well! My cousin is called Max and my friends little boy is called Maxy which is adorable! xx

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  3. Awww I love Ted. It's one of those names that suits a baby, boy and man. This is what I found most difficult as there are so many lovely names for boys that just don't translate well for adults.

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    1. Yes we wanted him to have a name that works as a man too. Its so funny hearing babies with grown up names like stuart hehe

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  4. It is a nightmare. I had lots of girls name options (although I doubt my husband would have agreed to many of them), but only 2 boys names. Thankfully he liked the one that wasn't number 2 in the charts!

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    1. I know Ted was nowhere near the top of the charts and we always get compliments on his name so made a good decision :)

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  5. my maiden name is Summers - which in fact made me Jaime Summers (she was the bionic women years ago) to top it off my middle name is Ann ... yep thats right Ann Summers ... i fear i may not of been loved!

    Thanks for linking up with #PoCoLo x

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    1. Oh Jaime! This did make me giggle, aren't parents cruel! :)

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  6. Love Ted Stanley, what a great name! We went for family names (Grandfathers) for our oldest, one we both liked for number two (with a family middle name) and then the wee girl is just a name we loved - her first name means a vision/dream - and as we didn't expect to have a girl, it seemed appropriate! Her middle name is a nod towards both grandmothers :) #PoCoLo

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