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FFF: The Name Game: Choosing a Name for Your Baby

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Kim Kardashian and Kayne West decided to name their baby girl North West. I think it’s kinda cool. I definitely think it could have been worse. So, with all the name hub bub going on, I thought I’d do a post this week about baby names.

When choosing a name for a dog you should choose something with two syllables.  If you choose something with three it will be too long to say, and you will inevitably shorten it.  If you choose something with one syllable it can be easily mistaken for a command (since they are all one syllable words like, sit, stay and fetch).

However, when it comes to choosing a name for your baby there are no such rules.  To bad there aren’t because they might have helped out a girl I once knew named Marsha Mellow.

When my grandmother passed away decided then and there that if I ever had a girl I would name her June (see June Says Her First Word).  So, when I found out I was pregnant, I figured I had it covered.  I think I wanted a girl so much I just convinced myself I was having one.

Then, at our twenty week anatomy scan the ultrasound tech declared “it” was a “he”.  Uh oh.  We had no boy names prepared at all!

So we decided to start with something easy.  The last name.  Should it me mine or his. Since I really liked the novel Catcher in the Rye, I did suggest Holden Caulfield, but then I conceded.  It would make more sense to have his last name since we might get married one day and then I would have his last name too.  But, that too led to problems.

I had always liked the name Perry for a boy.  But Perry Berry?  Not cool.  I had always liked the name Harrison but Harry Berry? Same problem.  Being part Irish and having an Irish name (my parents met in Shannon Ireland, thank god it wasn’t in Scarborough) I liked Irish names.  But Aiden and Quinn sounded to female with Berry.

One thing we both agreed on was that we didn’t want a very common name.  I remember having a Tiffany A., a Tiffany K. and  Tiffany S. all in my grade one class.  So other names I liked such as Ethan and Noah were out.

One of Jeff’s favourite shows was Lost, and there was a (yummy) character on it named Sawyer.  I liked it.  He liked it.  It wasn’t just from the show, but literary as well (that’s where the character on the show got it) and it was definitely unique.  So Sawyer it was. For his middle name we decided to stick with the one that my grandfather, my father and my brother had and continue to pass it down.

With the twins, we had two names to choose, and this time we were ready with one girl’s name and one boy’s name (since boy/girl are the most common type of twins).  Then we found out it was two girls.  I had done a lot of reading, but I knew even without a book, naming them something similar would be a mistake.  I wanted people to see them as individuals, not half of a team, which is common when you choose either rhyming names or names starting with the same letter.  Plus, I really wanted to name on of them June.  I chose Baby A because she was the troublemaker up to that point and my Nana was a spunky lady.  (In the end I chose well since out of all three kids, June is the only one who takes after me).

For the second name, we threw around a lot of ideas.  Middle names we decided to name after our mothers, one each.  It was our way of thanking them for all they had done for us and preserving their memories.

Game of Thrones is one of my favourite shows and I had liked a lot of the names from it since I started watching.  I thought the names Arya and Sansa were both beautiful.  So did a lot of other people.  At my work the name Arya started popping up everywhere, so I decided that was out.  But Sansa, it went with Shannon and Sawyer and it was Sanskrit which I liked. (I have been a Buddhist for many years, one of my dogs was named Akasha and I have Buddha tattooed on my leg).  Luckily, Jeff agreed.

So there you have it, all three names.  So now it’s your turn.  Is there a story behind the name you chose for your child?  Did you even have a say?  Let’s hear.






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I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


9 thoughts on “FFF: The Name Game: Choosing a Name for Your Baby

  1. I wanted lorenz or kai for the first name. Dh hated lorenz but was ok with kai. Then he heard a lady at work named her son Vincent. I hated it. But over time its grown on me. I agreed finally at 35 weeks only if i could call him Vinnie. kai got demoted fkr his second name. Hense the Vincent Kai we now have.
    As for a girl if we were to have one Dh suggeated Clara but my siater is clare so i didnt want to. Other than that i like Kya but its very simiular to Vs middle name.
    I guess we will see when the time comes. Although i think im going to be a boy mummy.

    Posted by journey2dfuture | July 12, 2013, 1:11 pm
  2. I think Sansa is a gorgeous name. All your names are lovely actually. My son’s name is Saxon. I loved it for the same reasons you mention – it’s actually a name (so not some made up weirdo name) but it’s just not common. He has two middle names – one is my pop’s and the other is the first name of both his grandpa’s (they have the same name). We kept the name secret during pregnancy but we did tell our close family. I didn’t want to but XMan did. I wish I’d put my foot down more as his mother HATED the name and ranted at me in an email about how horrified she was by MY choice (as her son would never choose something so terrible). I was furious. Told her to back off and that we weren’t changing it but still the damage was done. I get along with her pretty well but I still remember that and how inappropriate it was. My family would never ever do that.

    Posted by mummyflyingsolo | July 13, 2013, 5:44 pm
    • I love that name! I cant imagine keeping itma secret like you. My mother hated Sansa! She came around eventually. Its hard enough for two people to choose a name, nevermind getting otherd involved!

      Posted by Shannon | July 14, 2013, 12:06 am
      • Yeah exactly! That’s why I say don’t tell them until the kid is born. People don’t feel they can say they dont like it to your face when there’s is a little baby there with the name. Plus, kids grow into their names I reckon.

        Posted by mummyflyingsolo | July 14, 2013, 2:45 am
  3. As a school teacher, there were soooooo many kids that had put me off certain names, so we had to be thorough. We also wanted a normal name, nothing obscure, but we wanted something uncommon. Like you said, I had grown up with 3-4 kids with the same name in class at school. We chose Megan because it was Welsh (hubby is Brittish) and it meant warrior and strong, a perfect name for a red headed girl! Her middle name is Rae, like my mum and I, named after my late granddad Ray. Boys names were harder for some reason. Everything I liked, hubby didn’t, and vice versa. I originally suggested Alec, but we settled on Alex, also a strong name. Since my daughter shared my middle name, we kept it going with my son and hubby. He is Alex Christopher. I don’t really like Christopher, but hubby really wanted it and so it was.
    So that’s our(long winded) story!

    Posted by linbritt | July 13, 2013, 6:46 pm
  4. When we were deciding on names for our children, we went through the baby name books and online websites. We looked at so many different names but all the “different” names I liked, hubby hated. We are really traditionalists in many ways, so we agreed that ultimately we wanted classic, timeless names. Although it wasn’t as important to my husband that we made sure that our child(ren) names could also represent their Polish heritage (as hubby is Polish), I wanted to ensure their names had European Spellings and could also be Polish and English names. Considering they are 50% Polish and 50% Canadian, this was important to me. We settled on Aleksander (Polish spelling for Alexander) and we call our son Alek for short. It is an extremely strong name like Michael and Sarah, and it means Defender of God. This is super fitting for us and our belief systems, so we fell in love with it. We have a lifetime of correcting people that it is not ALEX, but that’s okay, we knew that would be the case before we named him that. His middle name is Michael, after his Daddy. I feel the first boy should honour his father somehow with his name. We wanted a second middle name, but realized that the Government only recognizes one middle name, so what was the point really? The second boy (if we have one) will carry forward their uncle, my grandfather and my husband’s father’s name, in their middle name (Robert). As for the next child(ren), we already have their names planned out, and both girls names would be the same acronyms as our sons “AMB”. If it is a boy, we are still deciding on a name, but we have a few contenders. .

    Posted by Sarah | July 15, 2013, 8:59 am

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