Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22: First names

Names.

I love them.



I even love to hate them.

My preference is for old names, real names, spelt correctly names.

I don't like having to guess how to say a name, I don't like incorrect spelling. I don't like YouNeek names that you make up.

BUT, most importantly, I don't care what name you give your child. I just like hearing why or how you chose that name. Was it a name you have always wanted or something new you found while pregnant? Did you care what the name actually meant or was the sound of the name most important to you? Maybe there is a family connection? Does your child have a middle name? How many?

See there are lots of things to talk about with names. They all have a story.

Did you know that throughout history Royal names are always extremely popular? We got school photo's back today and let me tell you there are a lot of Charlie, Will and Harry's at the moment - but there is no Diana or Camilla...maybe because they were not born Royal.

A fun question to ask is, If you had a baby tonight and had to name it what name would you pick right this moment? (Because favourites usually change).

For me, if I had a girl it would be Harriet and if it was a boy it would be Clancy.

But ask me again in a year and these names will have changed.

What names would you pick right now?

The best part of this conversation is that you don't actually have to have a baby!



20 comments:

  1. Brooke for a girl but can't think of a boy's name as we have used up the only 2 we have, I'll think about it!!

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  2. I'm not sure what I would choose now?? It takes me so long to think of first names. I make lists and lists and cross ones off and add them back! I think I am lucky my kids actually have names.

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  3. How strange - I love Harriet and Clancy too - does that mean there'll be a lot of them in their school photos? And if someone is happy to just hand me Harriet or Clancy, I'll have them.

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    1. Let's say we chose those names first - everyone else is copying us. I am happy to parent Harriet and Clancy too, but I just want them to arrive at about 2 years old.

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    2. 2?!!? Are you sure, Claire?? Perhaps you have forgotten....

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  4. I hear you on names spelt stupid. Does my head in.
    There is a kid in my son's class who's name is a brand of rat poison. (Face Palm).
    One of the worst names I've see is La-a, and no it's not pronouced Laa, it's La-dash-a, yeah dash - ? I mean like WTF?
    I heard the name Paige the other day and it spoke to me this time. Not too sure why. It's a classic name. I like classic names. Except Charlotte (Charlie) I know way too many now, and it's put me off it.
    Girl names: Eva, Paige
    Boy names: Henry

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  5. This post reminds me of the Kath & Kim "Epponnee Ray" episode :-) My preference is for classic names too but we were at risk of sounding like the royal family with 5 kids having such names so relaxed that a bit towards the end. Right now I would choose Quentin for a girl and I honestly can't think of a boys name.....x

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    1. bwhahahaha I totally forgot about Epponee Ray, thanks for the giggle.
      Love the name Quentin, which reminds me, I love the name Quinn for a boy or a girl.

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  6. Love this! My names have actually not changed - well, one has, but only because it rhymes with what is now my surname, so I wouldn't do that to a child. If I had a girl right now, I'd name her Imogen or Lauren. A boy, Jensen or Campbell. Don't tell anyone. We may still try for another!

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  7. Names that I have always loved have been Rupert and Edward, part of my grandfathers names. And Isabella and Grace for girls as they were my great grandmothers names. My son has his 2 grandfathers names as his middle names so I stuck with a short first name. Adam John Mato. My sister named her daughter Ebony Rose, not a huge fan of the name but at least she spelt it correctly!

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  8. I love the name Quinn for a girl, too! But if I had to name a new baby tonight I would go with Levi for a boy and Carys for a girl.

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  9. I'm so lucky - on my parents' list for me were Zoannan and Myfanwy. The family name which they should have passed on (but thankfully didn't) was Enid. My sister got Angharad as a middle name but I got Jayne. It's funny but I've always kind of envied her!

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  10. If I had a girl it would be Nelly May It was my grandmothers name and I was always going to use it if I ever had a girl. As for a boy that's tough ... I like Archie or Archer though. xx

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  11. Oooh, this is fun!

    It does secretly bother me when people 'make up' the spelling of their kids names. But sometimes I wonder if it's youth - if I had given birth to my first baby in my early twenties, it may not have been pretty. Hell, even ten years ago, I may have called a son something 'cool' like Chase or Gauge. And a daughter would have almost certainly had a double name (Annika-Lily was on the list FOREVER).

    But tonight if you handed me a newborn? Atticus or Joe for a boy. Maybe Freya or Peggy for a girl?



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  12. So funny Claire. Remember our convos about names??!!! We're very happy with Princess Sofia. Our spelling was all about our Portuguese heritage and it still annoys me she she's called Sophie!! Finn gets Flynn and Myles gets Miles so there's no perfect name x

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    1. It's such a tough choice and all the thinking in the world never covers all angles, I would have thought that with Sofia, Flynn and Myles it would be pretty simple.

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  13. We are having a baby in 8 weeks time so I won't let you know what names I'd choose but I think it's fascinating hearing how people choose their babies names.

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  14. ohh tough question..(I am a little terrified about the extra kids-even they are imaginary) for a girl I would choose Tayla (our girls name for all our boys - if they were girls) and if another boy - Kieran but of course it will change tomorrow

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  15. For a girl it would be Grace or Audrey, though not a clue for a boy though.

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  16. I saw the name - Boudicea - last night in a list of 37 names of children chosen for a speech competition (in my friend's large western area). I think I know the family too because of the unusual surname name ; they wouldn't know me. I know their Aunty and she is from same small town area - and I'm sure of it.
    The 2 lists of 37 school winner's names had many DIFFERENT names, as do the class lists for my friend's kids' news day.

    I've been thinking of names for my new (yet only seen my photograph) cat - I saw it on a house gate (in the country) Bronte !

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