Picking your kid’s name is a big deal. That’s one heck of a commitment. There’s a lot of pressure riding on it and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. With the recent birth of Prince of Cambridge George Alexander Louis Windsor, on the same day we found out we’re expecting a boy, it got us thinking about what we should name our baby boy. Granted, I don’t think media will be holding their breath until we announce it, picking his name is a big deal.
Looking back at how we named our daughter, we went through the name book, went through family names… but we just happened to stumble across our daughter’s name in an unconventional way. Confession time. After moving to Charlotte, we were touring a local historical cemetery and came across a headstone from the 1800s with the name Adeline. We loved the name instantly; however, felt immediately creeped out naming our kid after a dead woman we didn’t know. We ended up changing the spelling of the name slightly and decided to make up a story of a very distant cousin. Done and done.
Now we find ourselves in a predicament. With almost half our pregnancy done we just started to broach the naming subject. We’re going through the same routine of picking our names, looking through books, going through family names, etc – minus the historical cemetery walk. Of course, we already had another girl’s name ready to go when we found out we’re pregnant with a boy. We’ll just have to keep that one stashed away for now. The good news is we have another 20 or so weeks before letting the ink dry for the birth certificate!
Smarties, how did you pick your kids’ names? Did you go with a family name? A favorite actor? A character in a book? Please share in the comments below…and advise us!