I had chosen out both boy and girl names long before I was ever pregnant, based on personal preference and wanting to honor a family member. Luckily for me, my husband likes traditional names like I do, and even liked the boy and girl names I had chosen. He also liked the idea of sharing our middle names as the baby’s middle name, depending on whether we had a boy or a girl.
When we were pregnant with our second baby, the naming process was a little more difficult. Our first baby had been a son, so we still had our preferred name for a girl, but finding a boy’s name that we liked proved rather difficult. Many of our family and friends were also having boys, and also loved traditional names, so our available name pool was shrinking. We finally settled on a boy’s name a week before I gave birth, and decided to use my husband’s name as a middle name, so that both boys could have one of their father’s names. That’s how it all played out.
When pregnant with our third baby, deciding on names got even harder. The girl name that I’d loved for so long sounded much like our second son’s name, so we bid it adieu. Again, we finally settled on both a boy and a girl name the week before I gave birth. This time, we had a girl, and her name suits her perfectly.
This article over at GQ about baby naming rules is pretty humorous, sure, but I agree with the points in the article. I’m not a fan of made-up names, for the reasons they listed.
Did you have a hard time naming your babies?