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What to Name That Bundle of Joy

>> Monday, June 4, 2012

I personally think one of the most exciting things about having a baby is choosing a name. However, with our first child, we knew before we found out the gender that if it was a boy, we were naming him after my husband. So there wasn't a whole lot of decision making that took place. It all fell into place, since we did indeed have a boy. It was kind of the same with our second. We know that if it was a girl, we'd name her after my aunt. So again, when we found out the gender of our baby, we already knew the name.

Not the case this time around. This week I will be 18 weeks pregnant, and we still haven't picked a decisive boy and girl name yet. Which means we are farther behind than usual. But we do know that we are using all family names for our children. (Doesn't seem right for the first two to have family names, and then name the rest of the kids random names, does it?)

It's also fun to see the names other people pick. Most popular names, least popular names, using two names combined to come up with a unique name. It's something I'm so fascinated by I wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear the process people go through in picking out their name for their baby.

The Social Security website is great no matter what your route. There you can find a list of the top 10 most popular boy names and girl names.

From 2011 the most popular boy names were:
1. Jacob
2. Mason
3. William
4. Jayden
5. Noah
6. Michael
7. Ethan
8. Alexander
9. Aiden
10. Daniel

And for girl names:
1. Sophia
2. Isabella
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Madison
9. Mia
10. Chloe

Another way to find popular names is by state. You can pick which state and it will give you the list of names.

If you want to use a name that isn't so popular, you can also enter in your name ideas, and it will list their popularity over the past 12 years. If it doesn't fall within the top 1,000 names, I think it's a pretty good indicator that you've found something.

Another site that I LOVE is nymbler.com. With this site you can enter in names that you like and it generates lists of other names that might fit your tastes. You can choose to do boy and girl names, only a specific gender, you can mark favorites, and choose a name not to be listed anymore. It's so much fun to play with, I sometimes wish we weren't doing all family names just so I could really utilize it.

Whatever your preference, have fun, enjoy it, and don't feel stressed if your baby is due in 2 days and you still don't have a name picked out. Somehow, it always works out, and you end up with the most perfect name to fit your child.

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Jen Evans June 4, 2012 at 6:20 AM  

Wow, Nymbler is so right on it's scary! It gave me a list of the other names I have considered for baby, and even suggested my daughter's name as a name I would like.

EmmaJ June 4, 2012 at 7:13 AM  

I and the sister below me both have family names for our first and middle names, but our next/and only other sister just has a name my mom liked but that fit the feel of our names. I think because they all fit, it works. And she doesn't care that she doesn't have a family name because now there are two new names in the family tree.

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