We’re in the baby-naming stage.
I enjoy the task. However, I must admit that girl names are much harder for me than boy names. We had a medium-sized list of boy names, all of which, I really liked.
We have a very short list of girl names, which I also like, but it just feels a little harder and more constrained.
Anyway, it’s interesting to discover how different people go about picking names for their children. If you’re interested, here are some of our criteria:
1) The name must be gender specific.
If the child ends up going by a gender neutral nickname, no problem, but their actual name must be specific to their gender. No Riley’s or Taylor’s or Alex’s (all of which seem like boy’s names to me.. but what do I know?) And it’s especially critical not to give a boy a girlie-sounding name.
2) The name must be real.
No made-up names. There must be some history involved with the name. We can’t be the first people using it. No combining two real names in ways it’s never been done before to make a made-up name. No Sarandrea’s or Emilella’s (yeah, I made those up).
3) It must be a name of some distinction.
While having a made-up name is a big no-no, we also don’t want a name from the top ten list of most popular baby names for 2009. Although, I would lean toward tradition over originality, we want a name that affirms the child’s individuality.
4) The name must have meaning.
Whether the name has a definition that is meaningful or defines itself by virtue of the word (i.e. Hope), there must be meaning or story attached. Story includes being named after a reputable family member or being named after a reputable person of the Bible or in history. Individuality has it’s place (see above), but connection to something bigger than you is important. Back-story to a name is good.
5) Family names and Bible names get bonus points for us.
6) The entire name, (first, middle, last) when said together, must have appropriate flow.
For instance, Ann Rae Dodds is very bad on the flow scale. With a one-syllable last name at least one of the other names must be multi-syllable. Preferably the first name would have two or more syllables, but we broke this rule with Seth and I think his name couldn’t be more perfect for him. :)
That’s all I’ve got right now.
What are your naming criteria? Anything here you disagree with? Anymore rules need to be added?