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Who came up your child's name? Was it a collaborative effort or did you/your partner insist on the name?”

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  • Definitely collaborative effort. We both agreed on the first and middle name for both children. I actually wanted to give my last name to the kids but my husband got upset. (I never changed my last name after getting married).

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 27th July 2008

  • With my first son, I made up long lists of names and my husband rejected every single one of them. Then we were watching A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen when I was about 6 months pregnant and we both thought the actor who played Dorian Gray looked like a mix between us (he`s Guatemalan, I`m Canadian). And it hit us both at the same time, Dorian was a great name. I chose his second name, Gabriel, after the archangel and because I liked the sound of it in Spanish with his first name (Gabrielle).

    Our second son was easier. I suggested Dominic, Dante and Diego. My husband said no way to the first and last, which left us with Dante. My husband picked the second name this time around, after a singer he likes, Luka. And that was that. :D I love both our boys` names.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Genesis on 26th July 2008

  • We talked through the names before the children were born. My brother insisted that my daughter would grow up hating her name and go by her middle; he was wrong. She loves it, and loves the uniqueness of it, too.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Daisy on 19th July 2008

  • I would also like to add that our last name is VERY common (think Smith but thats not it)
    so I wanted unique but not over the top names.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amanda on 14th July 2008

  • My husband named our son Kolten Alexander. I didn't like Kolten at first both then I fell in love. However when I was pregnant with my daughter, my Mema (grandmother) passed away. I wanted her name to start with a K like her brother. So I narrowed it down to Karma or Karisma (I liked Karis too) but he was sold on Karisma and we had decided on her middle name long ago. So I decided to combine Karisma with Joy (memas name was Joyce) as her first name and Alexis as her middle name so they have the same initials.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Amanda on 14th July 2008

  • I found out after I was pregnant that my husband insisted that if the baby was a boy that he be named after his father. While I adored my father in law, his Turkish name was not what I had in mind for my child-my family would never be able to pronounce it, it was three syllables with no obvious got ugly here to the point where i told my mother that i was going to write that the father was unknown and name the baby myself-after all i had been naming dolls, pets all my life and had thought there would be was resolved by giving our son his grandfather's american nickname with his turkish name as a middle name. My advice-have this discussion before you are pregnant

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Zicci on 11th July 2008

  • I basically made a list of names that I liked for boys and girls and he went through and crossed out the ones that he didn't like, which was most of them. We then finally came up with our two choices, one for a boy and one for a girl and just stuck with that. I hope we have a girl next time because we already know what name we want!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by oceans mom on 11th July 2008

  • David Leavell was the first name that I suggested when we learned I was preg. My husband quickly vetoed it b/c he felt that David was too common. 9 months go by and we had not come up with anything. In labor and delivery I told him I did not want my baby born w/o a name and I'd stop pushing. That was when he asked why I liked David Leavell. I told him that if I could name him after the two men I loved the most - my father's first name and my husband's middle name - how could he go wrong? After hearing my reasoning he loved the name. (Besides, there was no way I was going with Mortimer which was one of his suggestions - I think he was pulling my leg, but I'm not totally sure!)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by on 11th July 2008

  • It was all me. I didn't give my ex any input. I wanted to give my son a unique name so I named him Lorenzo. My grandma lives in Guadalajara, Mexico and on the conner of her street is a Catholic church dedicated to St. Lorenzo. I'm happy with the name I chose for him, he's one of a kind :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by DG on 9th July 2008

  • We both worked on my first son's name - started with the baby books, made lists, worked our way down to a final three and then finally decided. His middle name is a family name. For our second son, it was harder since we'd already ruled out so many boy names the first time around. We were quite frustrated that we couldn't agree on anything so we took a break from the name discussion...and then it just came to me. Our oldest son chose his baby brother's middle name. My daughter's name was probably the least collaborative effort. After two boys, I was ready for a girl and already knew her name, having selected "girl" names for the previous two boys that we obviously did not end up needing.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Jen S on 8th July 2008

  • My husband and I knew what we'd name our kids even before we were married. Somehow the topic had come up and we'd most things in life. We are quite compatible. When my daughter was born, he didn't like Riley so much anymore, which was the girl name we'd chosen. After some back and forth and lots of name books, we found a new name. Riley is her middle name as its a family name and both our kids have family names for middle names.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Leslie Truex on 8th July 2008

  • My husband and I had it narrowed down to two names, Alex and Adam, and after our son was born my husband told me that I whispered "Alex" in the operating room the moment he was born (something I don't remember; emergency C-section). He told me I could have said "bullfrog" at that moment and that would have been his name :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Julia W. on 8th July 2008