But you can’t quite commit. It strikes you as a little too popular, or maybe a little weird. The rhythm isn’t perfect with your surname, or it sounds kinda close to an actor/athlete/brand name that others might recognize.
How do you resolve your dilemma?
Here’s one thought: play King of the Mountain.
Remember that game? Someone is at the highest point on a hill, and everyone else rushes that person, trying to knock the King down and claim the peak. A successful challenger becomes King, and the cycle repeats.
When it comes to names, crown that long-time favorite name King. But then go on a search for something you might like better. If your search comes up empty, then there’s your answer: your first choice is The Name. But if something does knock your favorite from its lofty perch? Well then, that’s another kind of answer, every bit as valid.
I think it works well because:
- It allows you to acknowledge that yes, you DO have a favorite. And that might be your child’s name, and you’d be pleased if it were to be your child’s name.
- But you’re done looking yet. So it’s reasonable to still search name sites, flip through books, and ponder possible combinations.
I’ve seen a few families do this without really articulating their process, and it seems to work well. You’re not rushed into a final, final choice, but you’re also not left feeling like you don’t have a good option, either.
Does this approach resonate for you? Did you have a favorite that you measured other names against?
The Modern Family twins have names! At the end of last season, Haley Dunphy Marshall welcomed boy/girl twins with husband Dylan. Their names weren’t immediately revealed, but we learned them a few weeks ago: Poppy and George. Yes, I’m late to the party. But I find these names fascinating – I think they may help mark the new mainstream. Could both names be headed for the US Top 100? Maybe …
Did you notice this comment in a recent Swistle post? They’re looking for help naming a sibling for Boston, Scarlett, Isla, Raider, and Miller. But what I leapt out at me was Raider. It felt a little extreme, and indeed, the mom wrote, ” … I have extreme name regret over Raider’s name … I worry about his future trying to get a job and being taken seriously.” She notes that they considered changing it to Rider, but her husband wasn’t convinced it was a problem. I’m of two minds: yes, I think it will be perfectly fine; and yes, I would raise an eyebrow if I met a person named Raider.
Did you follow Ren’s Halloweek posts? They were so fun! My favorites were the mythical creatures list – I mean, how great is Qirin? – and Halloween-inspired place names. I was just thinking about Gatlin …
I keep thinking about the continuing popularity of raindrop and liquid names … does it mean that in another generation, we’ll be crazy about names with strong consonant sounds? I mean, I’d love for Gertrude to make a comeback …
This list of Regency Romance Character names just plain made me smile. Looking for a name for a reformed rake or a woman of character? This list has it all!
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!