Conventional wisdom is that it’s best to keep the baby name quiet until the baby is actually in your arms.
There are so many reasons – mostly the burden of unsolicited opinions, and, of course, the potential for name theft.
Other parents really haven’t quite narrowed it down, and are counting on looking at their baby to settle on a name. I guess it could help – a shock of red hair might point to Rory rather than Riley.
Or maybe you’re 99% certain, but it just doesn’t feel right to embroider it on a receiving blanket before you’ve inked it on the birth certificate.
Two people in our lives have recently welcomed babies. In one case, the couple announced the name shortly after they knew it was a girl. In another case, I don’t have a clue what they’re naming the baby. Even though we’ve talked about baby names for ages and – well, it goes without saying that I’m interested.
My husband and I have always fallen into the announce-immediately club. With our son, I sort of wish we hadn’t, because his middle name could have used some more mulling. But I’ve never had a moment’s regret about sharing our daughter’s name. Even though, yes, we did get all sorts of comments, and a handful of criticisms, too.
As with most things in naming – and parenting in general! – I don’t think there are any rules. It’s a question of doing what feels right for you and your family at that very moment.
And yet there are some strong opinions out there. So I’m curious: did you share your children’s names before they were born?
There’s a poll in this post – and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
- Speaking of voting, wasn’t Round #1 of Name Madness at NameFreak! incredibly difficult! How can I choose between Greer and June?
- And Happy Birthday Britney Spears! Time for the Pop Culture Baby Name Game. I’m entering Peter, as in Pan, as in both the live action version from NBC, as well as the prequel – titled just Pan – due in theaters Summer 2015, and already in heavy rotation in the coming attractions.
- A boy named Jazz, spotted by Names for Real. At first, it seems like a lot of name, but then again, we’ve been naming girls Jazzmyn and Jazlene lately. I like Jazz so much more than any of those Jasmine-inspired choices.
- All of the great November Babyberries – including our own Clementine Beatrice! Also, Bastian, Edie, and two Elowens. I think Elowen is really going places …
- Big in Japan.
- Things that I’m naturally pretty darn good at: spelling. And yet we all have words that we just plain flub. But because I’m so confident in my spelling, I can get a really big blind spot about these words. Which is a (really) long way of wondering if everybody else misspells poinsettia, and if that makes Poinsettia more or less wearable as a Christmas baby name?
- Does Friends really get credit for the uptick in baby girls named Emma? This article says yes. Ross and Rachel welcomed baby Emma in May 2002. Emma was #17 in 2000, #13 in 2001, #4 in 2002, and #2 in 2003. There’s definitely an impact, but it’s hard to separate the Friends-related rise from Emma’s already strong upward trend.
- Would you ever name your kiddo after a star athlete? Here’s a rundown of the most influential NBA players in terms of namesakes.
- I’ve never spent much time on The Name Garden, but I find this smoosh name rather charming: Bellafaye. Maybe not for a real, actual child. But as a middle name or fictional character? Kind of love it.
- A nice, reasoned perspective on choosing your child’s last name. Though I think it overlooks the realities of longer and more complicated last names. Stella Cruz Smith and Asa Edwards Allen sound great. But what if you’re working with surnames like Kukowski and Morgenstern? Mia Morgenstern Kukowski is somewhat less tempting.
- This sibset: Yaden, Arrow, Wilder, Scout, and Grove. Swoon!
- I wrote a list of reasons to ditch the family names. Now Meagan has a great post on reasons to embrace honor names! Can I add one more? It narrows down your shortlist beautifully.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!