Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A rose by any other name...

When I was little, I got anxiety over naming my Barbies and baby dolls. Naming an actual human being that you can't change the name of when you get tired of it is WAY harder.

The thing that makes it easier is that I already know what I want the name to be if it's a girl. It's a family name, and a name I decided on when I was like 16 years old. I had a list of boy's names but suddenly when I pictured calling my child that, I didn't like them anymore.

Names on my boy list (none of which I think I like anymore):

  • Ryder
  • Desmond
  • Jude 
  • Titus
  • Declan
  • Theodore
  • Nolan
  • Chandler
  • Donovan
So instead of continually googling 'boy names' I went to the library and got the most recent baby name book I could find:

(Circa 2006)

So far it still hasn't helped me find more names that I like, but it has some rather amusing lists that I thought you might enjoy.

For instance, if I wanted my future daughter or son to be a fashionista, I might choose from the " Future Fashionistas" list which has names like:

  • Ant (B)
  • Barkan (B)
  • Blevin (B)
  • Calum (B)
  • Kenji (B)
  • Anoushka (G)
  • Chiara (G)
  • Elkie (G)
  • Joonypur (G)
  • Tirsa (G)
Or maybe I want my child to be a vegetarian. Well wouldn't you know, there's a list for that too:
  • A'Dhron (B)
  • Bonita (G)
  • Biondi (B)
  • Detra (G)
  • Kemper (B)
  • Fara Lynn (G)
The book is complete with other lists such as
  • Future Models
  • Future Doctors
  • Future Republicans
  • High Spirited Kids
  • Bad-to-the Bone, Death Row Names (obviously choosing from this one, the first name is Adolph.)
  • Scary Creepy Names
  • Names that make kids feel weird (why???)
Anyway, I've obviously got a bit more research to do. The good news is that I have roughly 6 more months in which to do it.


  1. I don't know why my last comment deleted. What I had said was:
    A) Titan would be an incredibly epic name.
    B) Kenji is really close to Benji
    C)Not that I should have a ton of say in the matter, but you should avoid double names. For example (Annie Lynn???) I mean come on. Unless you find a completely awesome two-namer that blows all the other ones that I have heard out of the water :)

    P.S. who wrote this book? Sounds like a good read.

    1. Haha don't worry...no double names here. I'm still considering Titan...maybe Titus? lol and Kenji and Benji are equally awful. I'll just name it Mallory regardless of gender.

    2. what's your girl name? I already know my boy name...is that weird? I don't think so...

    3. FYI, Jocelyn's awesome oldest brother has a 2 month old daughter named Grace Anna. Just sayin'.

  2. I'm holding out for another girl and the family name. I want to go on a pink shopping spree like I did when you were born. My vote is to not waste your time thinking of boy names, just focus on making sure it's a girl and you won't have to think so hard! Just my $.02.

  3. picking names is really fun! Waiting until you know what it is always seems like forever : )