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Picking names

NintoNinto Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So, my story is short. My wife and I are on our way to having a child, and we can't decide on a name. Lee is top on our list for boys, and for girls...Stella.

But, we're still going back and forth and there's so many options we can't decide.

I'm hoping you guys have some great suggestions, because all those baby name books are F'ing USELESS. Chlotilda? Really??

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    VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    What's your last name? That is very important because some names sound awful together.

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    NintoNinto Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Barker

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    RUNN1NGMANRUNN1NGMAN Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    You could look at the Social Security Administration's baby name lists. They have the advantage of being names that people actually use.

    http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Some unique names from my nieces: Sierra, Kayla, and... shit. I don't remember any of my other nieces name.

    God damn I have a lot of nieces.

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    SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I want to name my first girl Kelika Hoi.


    O_O is that werid?


    (mom's name in hawiian + bf's mom's name.)

    btw, please feel free to jack the name if you like it.

    I also really love just Hoi.

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    NintoNinto Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Sierra, Kayla, Kelika, sound good so far to me, I'll run them by my wife :)

    The SSA link is great, thanks! The only issue with it is that we don't want anything too common, or too Trendy, or too wierd...you know how it goes :)

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    ThomamelasThomamelas Only one man can kill this many Russians. Bring his guitar to me! Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Thomas Gregory. A solid name, one that carries weight. You can shorten it to Tom or Tommy for hanging out with the guys.

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    Teslan26Teslan26 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Elanor

    First person to get the reference can have a cookie.

    I like the more traditional names in general. Thomas, Charlie, Henry for examples as boys names.

    Girls, well, I always remember my uncle and his wife having the argument:

    "But that sounds like the name of a stripper...." I expect you can imagine the rest.

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    FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Not to sound like a dick, but Stella is the name of a beer. I can also see that being a name that goes quickly out of style... like Beatrice.. or Floe.

    Boy name: Aiden
    Girl names: Carmen, Hannah, Daisy, Celest

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    shugaraeshugarae Phoenix, AZRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Teslan26 wrote: »
    Elanor

    First person to get the reference can have a cookie.

    The golden flowers of Lothlorien, of course :D I've always had a soft spot for that name after reading LotR as a kid...

    Some of my favorite names...
    Samantha
    Robin (for a girl or boy)
    Rae or Ray (girl or boy, respectively - I'm biased on this one though :P)
    Carmella
    Luke

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    Element BrianElement Brian Peanut Butter Shill Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    For a boy, I've been determinded to name my first son Liam.

    Here are some of my nephew and nieces names which to me are pretty original:

    Boys - Fox, Crew, Ty

    Girls, Pepper, Olive, Aurora, Georgia, Marygold.

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    FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I always find this decision hard because you always think back to the people you know with those names.

    I knew a Liam. He was sort of a tool.

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    TalkcTalkc Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Jaden if it is a boy. I dont know girls names.

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    FiggyFiggy Fighter of the night man Champion of the sunRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Talkc wrote: »
    Jaden if it is a boy. I dont know girls names.

    You just added a J to my Aiden idea. Cheater.

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    Kate of LokysKate of Lokys Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Man... H/A is the kind of place you turn to for advice on naming your new pet kitten, because you will be guaranteed to get some hilarious suggestions. Your future child? Not so much. Sorry, but some of the suggestions so far have been bit borderline, and some have gone skipping right across the border into the land of "shit that will get your kid's ass straight-up beat down for the entirety of their grade school education."

    Instead of tossing out specific names, I'm going to offer some guidelines.

    - Using bizarre spellings of existing names does not make them original. Elyzibeth is still going to be called Elizabeth, but she's going to spend her lifetime painfully explaining how to spell it. Ditto Kayt, Robynne, Jessyka, Leesah, etc. Save everyone some trouble and just spell it normally.

    - Choose a name from within your own culture. If you have Hawaiian ancestry, then absolutely, choosing a name from that tradition would be a respectful and thoughtful and neat thing to do. But if the past five generations of your family have lived and died in rural Ohio, don't give your kid a name that means "peaceful mountain stream" in Maori or something just because you think it sounds cool. That's like the stereotypical white kid who doesn't speak or read a lick of Japanese getting a kanji symbol tattooed on his arm because somebody told him it meant "badass samurai warrior ninja from hell."

    - For the love of God, don't pick something based on current pop culture. There are measurable outlying spikes in names, especially for girls, depending on what movie was released the year the kids were born: Belle, Ariel, Mulan, etc. There are going to be so many Bellas and Edwards running around kindergarten classrooms five years from now. So many. Don't let your child be one of them.

    - When my parents named my sister and I, they deliberately chose very short names so we didn't get stuck with a nickname we didn't like. It kind of backfired. I am doomed to be blunt, curt Kate for the rest of my days, and when people wanted to get under my skin back in high school, they just called me Katie anyway because they knew I hated it. So, you might as well give your child the option of *having* a nickname. An Alexander can be Alexander, or Alex, or Alec, or Sandy - that can encompass a wide range of personal tastes.

    - Some names just never go out of style. Something like Katherine or David might seem boring and unoriginal, but they're good solid names that aren't tied to any specific fad or time period, and while a David may not ever hear the sentence "Oh wow, your name is so cool!", at least they're never going to hear "Haha, Hermione is such a stupid gay book name!"

    - No matter how many names you have on your lists, and no matter how carefully you plan out ideal combinations of first and middle names to go with your surname, all of that is going to go out the window as soon as you see your child for the first time and realize that the single name that perfectly fits her tiny perfect newborn self is something you hadn't even considered until you actually saw her. So go ahead and plan - it's possible that the right name will indeed be forethought - but keep an open mind.

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    DarwinsFavoriteTortoiseDarwinsFavoriteTortoise Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    ^^^^^

    All good advice.

    Anyway, here are some names that I think would be nice with your last name that are classy and "solid".

    -Oliver

    -Richard

    -Daniel

    -Liam

    My top two would be Oliver and Liam, with Richard being very close.

    EDIT: Yes, Alexander is a fantastic suggestion. Also, I can't really provide any solid girl names, because I haven't thought about that before for some reason. Maybe Julia?

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Give your kid a middle name. It doesn't matter what it is, just give him or her a middle name.

    Trust me on this, it makes life far easier.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I like the name 'Gil' for a boy.

    EDIT: And no, it's not some faggy reference to Final Fantasy

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    poshnialloposhniallo Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Stella is nice. A timeless kind of name.

    Lee, I'm not so sure.

    I might have called my daughter Posy, but it doesn't work in the language where we live. Posy Barker? Hmm...

    I've always liked Sam for a boy.

    What's your ethnic background? My parents are Irish, so I nearly chose a traditional Irish name.

    I find most of the Biblical names boring - God how many Davids, Sarahs and Peters do you meet?

    To be honest, I think a lot of Kate of Locksys's advice to be a bit conservative. There's nothing wrong with an unusual name.

    Lastly, I think my middle name is really boring, and I don't know many people who like theirs. Middle names always seem to be the dumping ground for the names that lost the fight.

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    GrimmyTOAGrimmyTOA Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Consider starting a little tradition. Every male in my family for the last four or five generations has had the same middle name. I like it. It's a way of tying the generations of your family together without saddling your child with a (potentially) archaic first name.

    Generally speaking, I tend to second Kate of Lokys' advice. Conservatism, in naming your child, is not necessarily something to be feared.

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    Teslan26Teslan26 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    shugarae wrote: »
    Teslan26 wrote: »
    Elanor

    First person to get the reference can have a cookie.

    The golden flowers of Lothlorien, of course :D I've always had a soft spot for that name after reading LotR as a kid...

    *cookie*


    I hope that I'll pursuade the mother of my children to at least have that as a middle name for a girl :-)

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    EndomaticEndomatic Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ava Alana Barker

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Give your kid a middle name. It doesn't matter what it is, just give him or her a middle name.

    Trust me on this, it makes life far easier.

    Really? I hate my middle name. It annoys me whenever it turns up on anything.

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    Folken FanelFolken Fanel anime af When's KoFRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ever thought about naming your son/daughter after you or another family member?

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    mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I love kate's posts :P the ninja bit especially

    How's about Sarah. I like that name. Too common though.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I was named after my father. It would irritate me no end when he opened my mail. The way we got around it was by me making sure I put my middle initial on everything. Of course, some people wouldn't care and wouldn't put the initial on, but it made it easier for most things.

    I would say that if you want your name to continue through your children, give it to them as a middle name.

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    BetelguesePDXBetelguesePDX Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Here are some south asian names that are easy to pronounce and also beautiful imo:

    Girl: Saira (means princess), Anisa (means one who is loved), Zohra (Pesrian for Venus)
    Boy: Can't think of any :(

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    QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    As a huge nerd, I like this website because it lets you see how popular names are in a given year. You can either search for particular names or just move your mouse around on the graph.

    When I have to come up with names for stories I'm writing, I use a random name generator. I don't just pick the first name that shows up; I usually generate 50 and rifle through them until I see something I like. Your choice is obviously a bit more important, but maybe some of those combinations will inspire you.

    And last but not least, what might be most useful to you (or not), is Nymbler. It lets you choose a bunch of names you like and suggests other names based on your preferences. Kind of like how Netflix will suggest movies for you based on what you've rented. As you see new names you like, you can add them to the queue and it will modify the suggestions.

    As for general advice, Kate knows what's up.

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    TalkcTalkc Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Rook wrote: »
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Give your kid a middle name. It doesn't matter what it is, just give him or her a middle name.

    Trust me on this, it makes life far easier.

    Really? I hate my middle name. It annoys me whenever it turns up on anything.

    I love my middle name. Its exotic, yet familiar.

    "Ejan"

    Pronounced Ian.

    Some middle names are just cooler.

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    .Tripwire..Tripwire. Firman Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I'd like to throw my support behind naming your child something unique.

    First of all, fuck David. I know like seven Davids. I have also encountered at least two people with my exact name, first and last. That's not a cool feeling.

    Second, my name was absolutely normal. I got bullied and teased. It's almost like bullying exists regardless of what your name is!

    Also I don't understand why people get genuinely upset when you call them a certain variation of their name, raise your child to not be like that. It's like getting offended at certain words regardless of a speaker's intent. If someone says "Mikey" to me it's unusual but I know they're talking to me so I respond. It's a pretty simple exchange. But if someone said "Mikey" in a really dickish way, like "Hey Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiikeeeeeey, he likes it!" then I'll be annoyed about the way it was said.

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    SarcastroSarcastro Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I can't hear Stella without thinking of

    STELLLLLAAAAA!

    But that might just be me. I've always like the 'K' names; Kyla, Katherine, Kaitlin, Christa, Christine, Kaia, Kelsey, Kailey, Kara etc.

    For a boy, I like taking from the Old School; Saul, Silas, David (Dave is a great nickname), Johnathan, John, Nathaniel, Nathan, Michael, Mikhail, Elijah, Jonah, and Daniel.

    More 'off the track' names I've liked include Isabel, Elsabet, Sara, Logan, Brado and Stryker.

    All of the boys in my family (great-great grandfather and down) have ancestral middle names, usually a first or middle name from one of their grandfathers (any side).

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    DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    We looked to family names when naming our son; though this pre-supposes that you're more or less on good terms with your family. It also assumes you put some significance in namesakes and aren't just looking for something that sounds cool. You could always use the feminine version of a male name (e.g. Charlotte for Charles) or vice versa if a name typical belonging to the other sex/gender appeals to you.

    Middle names are a good thing; I don't have one and it was annoying up through about high school. It would've been nice to have the option to "go by" something else. Also if you're going to give a non-traditional name or a name from a distant language/culture then also giving a name from the local language/culture can help integration.

    My wife works with kids, largely from middling to affluent white families. Irish names spiked in popularity about 5-6 yrs ago and old fashioned names seem to have been making a resurgence, at least in that demographic.

    IMO you should really think hard if you're going to name your kid some odd name after a character in books. Do you really want your kid to have to explain the etymology everytime there's an introduction, or have to bullshit and say "oh my parents just liked the way that sounds" if they didn't care for the particular work?

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    AsiinaAsiina ... WaterlooRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Just give them a regular name.

    Seriously, regular name. You don't need to be a unique snowflake and have an unspellable name.

    Be wary of names that have four million different variations. My name is Meghan and there's at least a 75% chance my name will be spelled incorrectly the first time and at least a 30% chance it'll still be incorrect after that.

    Also don't pick names that are TOO popular. Maybe something in the top 50, but not the top 10. You don't want your kid to be Sarah B. her entire life.

    Personally, I like older names that are not instantly old. Abigail and Meredith for girls, Jeremy for boys. I think the nickname Abbie just absolutely adorable. However looking at the popularity Abigail has gotten popular again and seriously, fuck that I've had that name picked out for at least a decade.

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    EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Yeah, check the SSN so that you don't end up with a kid named the same thing as 5 other kids when they hit school. That's far worse than having something slightly weird or odd.

    The trends I've noticed lately are irish. Lots of irish-names going around, probably because they sound "normal" while, well, not. They've always been somewhat popular, but they seem to really be big lately. It could also be that they sound english without being biblical.

    Some very pretty names are those that are popular in other languages/countries. For girls, many french names are naturally pretty sounding and don't sound at all weird, such as Corinne or Aimee or Brigitte. Of course, the spelling thing brought up above makes a lot of the international variations kind of moot -- is Amy the only way? Don't ask an Aimee that question. Same with Emily/Amelie/Amely... or maybe Amelia?

    I think the only boy name that's not an option for you is Robert, unless you want your kid to be Bob Barker.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Rook wrote: »
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Give your kid a middle name. It doesn't matter what it is, just give him or her a middle name.

    Trust me on this, it makes life far easier.
    Really? I hate my middle name. It annoys me whenever it turns up on anything.
    Not having one sucks more. Having just a middle initial sucks even more than that.

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    stawkstawk Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Rook wrote: »
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Give your kid a middle name. It doesn't matter what it is, just give him or her a middle name.

    Trust me on this, it makes life far easier.
    Really? I hate my middle name. It annoys me whenever it turns up on anything.
    Not having one sucks more. Having just a middle initial sucks even more than that.

    pfft... my middle name is wheaton...

    http://www.wheaton.il.us/

    thats right, im named after a fucking town...

    although that makes my intitial SWD (which is sweden)

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Oh, pay attention to initials. My uncles is MRS.

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    rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I think classical names are great for dudes. Timeless names like Franklin, Clark, William.

    I wish I had a good solid name like those. My name (Ryan) is not unique nor does it seem really all that masculine to me. It's a little frustrating. Plus, I get no nicknames with it.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    cakemikz wrote: »
    William.

    It is a good name.

    I was called William throughout my childhood, and came to think of it as childish for some reason. Possibly because a lot of my parents' friends insisted on over-pronouncing it. My dad was known as Bill, or Wullie to his close friends, so I didn't associate it with him. I just decided one day at the end of primary school that I'd be known as Will and it's been the same ever since. I don't even think of myself as a William any more.

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    Folken FanelFolken Fanel anime af When's KoFRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Willeth wrote: »
    Oh, pay attention to initials. My uncles is MRS.

    My late grandfather's initials is FAG.

    Not even joking.

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