What’s in a name?
A lot if you ask me. Let’s be honest, I know I have made a snap judgment about a person based on knowing nothing but their name - seeing that I was guilty of this, made naming my children all that much harder. I of course, wanted names that flowed well with our last name, but it was also important to find a name that would grow with my child. There are names that just seem too old for a tiny baby and names that seem to immature for a grown man or women. I always look for balance. A name that has variations.
When I found out I was pregnant with my oldest son, there wasn’t much to debate about. We had already settled on the fact he would be a junior. The name Joseph is a common one, but I didn’t want to take that piece of pride away from Daddy. And it worked well with the whole variation thing I had going on in my head -Jo Jo, Joey, Joe, Joseph.
The more children I had the harder it became to choose a name. It also became harder to avoid the opinions of others. For some reason when it comes to baby names people lose their filter. When you ask what name I have chosen, to be honest, not only do I not care if you think I made a good choice, but, I also don’t care if you think it’s the most horrible name ever. I mean, it is my kid… right?
With that said, sometimes even I have invited the opinion of others upon me. For instance when I found out I was finally pregnant with a girl my mind was overflowing with names. After all I had 3 pregnancies worth of unused girls names to sort through. Trinity, Gianna, Giovanna, Antonia, Adrianna – I couldn’t choose! I did need help, but all I wanted was for friends and family to pick their favorite and move on. I really wasn’t looking forward to hearing their opinions.
Belly Ballot is a fun way to let family and friends in on your baby naming, in a voting style poll minus the opinions. It’s a closed ballot, open only to those you invite, and they simply vote on the name they like best. What I found really fun though, is that once you have chosen a name, you can announce it via Facebook and Twitter if you choose. Letting all your friends and family in on the answers to that burning question.... “What are you naming the baby?”
I know some of this might have sounded harsh, but I was told some horrible things about some failed name choices for my boys, and was left a bit bitter. I love to see sites like Belly Ballot, that let you still include friends and family in on your name choices, while leaving out the opinions.
I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve had to name a baby. Don’t worry, I still have a whole listed of choices just in case, lol. Are you, a friend, or family member expecting? What are your favorite baby names?