I’m a planner by nature, but for years I didn’t recognize it. My assumption was that everyone made a spreadsheet about possible summer camps for their kids to attend right around the holidays, and brainstormed Christmas gift ideas before Labor Day.
And maybe we all do this at least sometimes, because the pace of life demands it. But me? I love nothing better than looking ahead, preferably with a day-planner and markers for color-coding.
What does this have to do with baby names?
Plenty of us have made lists of our favorite names forever. That’s usually not about planning. It’s about enjoying names as a hobby.
And yet, I wonder if planners feel more confident about their name choices – and if they’re willing to share those names sooner.
A few months ago, I wrote this list for Nameberry: When Should You Share Your Baby’s Name? Around two thirds of the respondents said that they share names only after the baby is born.
But a significant minority – around 20% – shared their names before their child arrived, as soon as they’d made a choice. That definitely described my experience, and reflects others I know who I’d call organized – much more organized than me, in fact.
My more free-spirited friends tend to text from the hospital, still undecided, debating the merits of Luna versus Marlo as the birth certificate forms languish in the corner. (Think of the fabulously creative Jools and Jamie Oliver. If they have a name for baby #5, they’ve yet to share it with the world.)
Planners, I think, need to mentally move on. And so our deadline for choosing becomes sooner. And because we’re used to following a decision process, we know when we’re done.
Of course, it’s not as if being a planner is a genetic trait, something that you are or aren’t, like being over six feet tall or having flat feet. And I don’t mean to imply that planning is good. In fact, if I’d been less locked into our son’s name, we would have chosen a better middle.
I’d love to know: do you consider yourself a planner, and if so, did you choose your names earlier? Did you share them sooner?
Let’s see if I can get this into a single poll:
I’m not sure that captured all of the possible answers, but I’d love to hear your experience and thoughts!
Now, on to the name news!
- Michelle nicknamed Millie might be the most brilliant nickname ever. It completely revives a mom name and makes it 2016-ready. I’m a sucker for so many names on this list. While I do think WYSIWYG names are the prevailing trend, there’s no reason that a nontraditional nickname can’t work, too.
- Am I the only one watching the Olympics for the names? Here’s just one of the great stories: the Trio in Rio!
- Brazilian baby names, via Baby Center UK. If you’d like to visit the original site, it’s here. Arthur is #2 on their boys’ list, and Alice is tops for girls!
- One more Olympics(ish) story: 2008 silver medalist in gymnastics, Alicia Sacramone, and her NFL husband, Brady Quinn, named their daughter Sloan Scott. I think Sloane/Sloan is going to be big for girls, but I’m surprised at Scott in the middle. No word on what inspired the choice, but I’m surprised that I like the brisk sound of three single-syllable, unisex names together: Sloan Scott Quinn.
- I hear parents say this all the time.
- Do these names strike you as particularly suited to the American Midwest? Galena sounds Russian to me; I find Lincoln broadly popular. But Prairie maybe … I would be curious to hear from any readers with Midwestern ties!
- This is my favorite celebrity baby name in a while. But I wonder why the sister and brother have such similar middles? There must be a story …
- Speaking of celeb names, Cat Deeley went the Adele route, and revealed her son’s name via a necklace!
That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!