The Baby Name Game

Popular Baby Names for 2009,

Whether you’re a parent or expecting, chances are you’ve been asked at some point (probably more than once), “Do you have any names picked out”? And you don’t dare dish if you have one because everyone has an opinion about it or knows someone with that name who ended up tweaked out on meth or something. But you’re damned either way, because if you don’t have a name, everyone else has the perfect one. And if you do have a name (or names narrowed down) and don’t dish, everyone wants to play the guessing game.

I don’t like the Baby Name Game. Our friends Jim and K.C. had it right – tell people who ask that you have a name picked out and you’re not telling anyone. End of discussion.

We bought a baby name book. It was amusing and sometimes interesting, but mostly overwhelming and unhelpful. I remember finding Cadence in there. You know, because we’re both huge music nerds. So that was memorable. But otherwise, it fell kind of short.

Then there are the gazillion baby name Web sites. Also mammoth and overwhelming. By far our favorite baby name site was NameBerry. Weird name, cool site. J and I would constantly e-mail back and forth names from that site. I highly recommend it.

In the end, we didn’t name Ollie until he was a day or two old. We had a short list for boys and girls, but it wasn’t really until we met him and got settled into life with him that we felt ready to name him. He’s named after my husband’s mother’s maiden name Oliver. Holden for author J. D. Salinger’s protagonist Holden Caulfield from “ The Catcher in the Rye.” Holden was also a possible first name, so was Cormac (Mack for short), Kingston, Issac, and I always loved Brody, too. Had Ollie been a girl, he might have been Delilah Jane (Delilah after my favorite Chicago bar and Jane after my mom). We also liked Violet, Elle, Ella and Milla. I still like Jolene, too.

What are your favorite names? Have any funny baby name stories?

4 Responses to “The Baby Name Game”

  1. 1 dada February 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Oh man, you’re giving away all of our ideas for the NEXT one. hahahahahaha. No, seriously.

  2. 2 Erica February 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Damn baby stealers! I mean. Name stealers.

  3. 3 Kate February 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I won’t divulge my names of choice to anyone, even though I’m nowhere near pregnant. I get super paranoid that people are going to steal them.

  4. 4 katiekw February 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I am pretty sure I am done with breeding, so my extra names are up for grabs. Liked juliet for a while, but then switched over to miriam. boys names were a stress for me. don’t have any extras of those.

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