What's in a Name?

Let me tell you, it is no easy task to name another person.  Knowing that the name you bestow upon your child will forever be interwoven into their identity for their entire life.  It's a challenge to select a name as a couple, one both you and your partner like equally, meanwhile, taking care to ensure that the chosen name isn't too trendy, too popular, too ordinary, too boring, or too unusual.  All the while knowing that this name will forever be a part of your lives.  It's a big decision, for sure!  My husband and I decided early on that we'd keep our baby's name a secret.  We agreed upon two first names, including our current name, at about 4 months into my pregnancy.  We have since narrowed that down to one name, though we're still torn and debating back and forth about a middle name.

I can't say it's been easy to guard such a large secret.  Our families are very eager to know the name, especially our moms.  My mother in law must've asked us 5 times while we were back in Michigan for a wedding, "Is it a traditional name or a modern name?  How many letter is it?" to which my husband playfully and consistently replied, "Twelve" just to tease.  One of my sisters begged us to disclose just the first letter of her name, "What does it start with? I promise I won't tell!" My friends too have urged me for hints of any kind.  And of course, we've denied all their requests, and kept our lips tightly sealed.  Perhaps I've been scared into secrecy by stories of unsavory and unsolicited comments made to friends of mine who chose to share their potential baby names early on.  It's surprising really, why some people feel it's appropriate to share their personal distaste for a certain name with an expecting couple.  

Why did we decide to keep our baby's name a secret, you ask?  Well, honestly, I've always loved the moment of discovery in finding out that a long-awaited baby has been born; their height, weight, time of birth, and delight in learning his or her name.  Since we already made the decision to learn her gender, and shared that news, we wanted to be able to keep one sweet surprise to ourselves and then once she arrives, be able to enjoy that magical moment of celebrating her birth and sharing her name with our loved ones the minute she's born.  

I can't wait!

P.S. A hilarious clip, Friends' Ross & Rachel picking baby names!

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9 comments

Mary said...

My husband and I did the same thing. We found out the gender and shared that, but we kept the name as a surprise for the big day. I love it, although it's a really long time to deal with everyone asking, isn't it? Not too much longer for you!

birdie to be said...

Ha... love that clip. Great episode! No babies here, but the name picking part seems like such a challenge. I think Id want to keep it a surprise for everyone. We'll see :)

Susan said...

My first born's original name was forever ruined by my mother. While in the end, I love the name we did bestow on him, I did not share name possibilities for my 2nd or 3rd child with anyone and his is the most conservative name of my 3 kids!

My 2 cents on choosing a middle name - go for broke! I don't understand why people use "filler" names in that spot when it is really your chance to throw caution to the wind. That name is rarely used and a more unusual choice in the 2nd slot won't scar your kid for life! Choose something you really love.

Leslie said...

I can't wait to find out the name! It's so exciting to think that she will be here soon. My friend's sister kept the name a secret too, and I think it helped them a lot. It's crazy how involved family can get in the naming process.

TheGirlinOslo said...

Looks gorgeous :)

Melissa Blake said...

i give parents props...i couldn't imagine picking out a name that someone will have for the rest of their life!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I can't wait to find out the name!!!

molly pinto said...

ahhhh, so exciting!! i'm such a baby name snob, so I completely understand wanting to keep it under wraps. There are 3 women pregnant in my office now and at least once a week I leave a post-it note on their desk with names...excited to hear what your little lady is called!

heather{land} said...

Veto!

Well. I can't wait to hear what you guys have chosen...traditional, modern, or wacky. xoxo.