A Rose by Any Other Name …
Choosing your baby’s name can be one of the most stressful projects a couple tackles during the process of having a baby. I was lucky that Lynn had done it three times before, so she gave me a lot of leeway.
Over the years I had names picked out for my children, but the children never came. In my twenties I would tell anyone who would listen that I wanted to name my first daughter Ashley Nicole.
This name was so popular that two of my friends used the name for their daughter. However, they were nice enough to make me her godfather, so all was forgiven.
I have also considered names like Brooke, Desire, Julia, Jacqueline, Monique and Danielle for girls and for the boys, names like Chase and Cole.
In recent years, I have often joked about naming a boy Jack Daniel or a girl Jacqueline Danielle and giving him/her the nickname “Old Number 7.”
I could always hang my hat on the fact that they are both family names for me. Both my mother and father had brothers named Jack (John). My mother’s father was John, as well. My confirmation name is Daniel and my godfather was Dan (Daniel).
In Our Dreams
Over the first few weeks of pregnancy, Lynn and I both had dreams that we were going to have a girl. So we started by choosing a name for a girl. Believe it or not, we were shopping and saw an Ever After High doll named Ashlynn.
I loved the name because it was a combination of one of my favorite names, Ashley and Lynn. Then we chose Marie as a middle name. This worked because Marie is my mother’s middle name and Lynn’s middle name, too.
When we did a little research, we discovered that the name Ashlynn Marie is Celtic in origin (which was awesome) and loosely translates as, Heavenly Dream. You can’t beat that for a little girl, right?
A month or so into the pregnancy, we had some tests done, one of which actually tested the baby’s DNA. To our surprise we were informed that we would be having a son!
Back to the Drawing Board
I started teasing Lynn with all kinds of name suggestions, which I knew wouldn’t make the cut, for example: Jack Daniel, Jose Cuervo, Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Johnny Walker, etc. are you sensing a theme here?
Then I rolled out some uniquely famous names, like: Keanu, Shaquille, Kobe, Garth, etc. knowing that they would not be approved … Lynn’s new favorite word was, “VETO!”
Then I said, “In all seriousness, John (Jack) and Daniel are family names for me and for you (Lynn), too.” Her father is named John. Lynn’s youngest son’s middle name is Jon. So, we agreed on Daniel John.
Daniel John works because we liked all of the possible nicknames, too. Dan, Danny, Danny Boy, DJ … and Old Number 7 (oooppps, don’t let Lynn see that!!!). Check out my blog on Daniel’s approved nicknames.
Choosing Your Baby’s Name
When you are faced with the task of naming your child, I believe that there are a few things you should consider:
- Do you want your child to have a typical name, which is easy to spell, understand and remember or do you want to follow the recent celebrity trend in naming babies? Names like: Apple, West, Blue Ivy, Poppy Honey, etc. all of which make me scratch my head?
- Do you like all of the possible and likely nicknames?
- Would you want to be called by that name or nickname for the rest of your life?
- Can you find novelty license plates, mugs, key chains, etc., with that name on it? Is that important to you?
- Do you want to name the child as a junior?
- My personal advice, as someone who has worked in the lending industry, is to avoid juniors. You will have credit issues bleed over and you can count on your FICO score being impacted.
After you have answered all of those questions and considered naming your child a junior, there are many places on the Internet you can go to research names, help with ideas and narrow your search.
Here are a few good links:
The Name Baby Genie:
- http://www.babynamegenie.com/baby-name-generator/ (way too much fun!!!)
Baby Names and more:
The Meaning of Names:
Best of luck in your search to find a name which you love and that your child will wear with pride every day of their life!
By Bill Robertson