It’s getting really close to the wire and we’re yet to decide on a name for our second baby. First time round wasn’t easy but we eventually came to a decision for each gender with time to spare before the birth. This time round is proving more involving! Probably because we’re having the same gender again so can’t use our already prepared name. So what’s on the criteria list?
1. Complements the other names
There are names that go well together and others that go too well together – like alliterations. Saying it out loud has really helped us weed out quite a few. We also write it down and check the initials to make sure it didn’t make something offensive haha!
2. Biblical (with a good meaning)
For me, biblical names have such strong meanings and I believe that the meaning of a name does matter. It also narrows down my search field somewhat which is actually a good thing.
3. Doesn’t sound too similar to the first child’s name
Examples: Roland and Rowan or Ethan and Nathan.
4. Can’t be shortened in too many ways or ways I don’t like
I love names like Joshua, Samuel, Elizabeth etc but I can’t stand Josh, Sam, Liz.
5. Does not remind us of someone unsavoury or too close
This has ruled out some good names! It probably doesn’t matter that my baby will have the same name as say my previous neighbour who was jailed for murder but once the thought crosses your mind, you can’t shake it. Also having 3 Jessica’s running around when we meet with other parents may get a bit confusing.
I’ve spent most of my speaking life spelling out my maiden name – and it’s only 4 letters. I would like to avoid that for my child.
7. Not too obscure
Katherine with a K, Adam with 2 D’s, Sarah within the H etc. Just want the kid to say their name and move on. Life’s too short!
8. Liked by both of us
This is another biggy. More names have fallen down the way side because of this criteria. Maybe we should allow one overrule during the process!
Are we over-thinking the process of naming our second baby? Probably. They could easily change their name by deed poll, putting to waste all the hours of research but we owe it to the little one to at least try!