Monday, May 23, 2016

How We Choose Baby Names...Guess our Baby's Name

There was an article posted awhile back about how with Catholic Baby Names, Old is the New New.


Well, we aren't hip and we don't name our babies like that. 

Some people choose family names.  Some people choose saint names.  I'm not worried about choosing a saint name because just about every name is a saint name or derivative thereof. 

We just choose names that we like and we have a few rules.  And the rules are different for boys versus girls.  

The names of our born children are:

Heidi Marie (patron saint = St Adelaide)
Greta Marie (patron saint = St. Margaret)
John de la Croix (patron saint = St. John of the Cross)
Elsa Rose (patron saint = St. Elizabeth)

Girl Rules:

-Must be Germanic/Swedish sounding to go with our last name
-Must not be too common, must not have been in the top 100 most popular names in recent years.
-Must not be so unusual no one has ever heard of it.
-Must be a real name...no made up names.
-Must pass the substitute teacher test.  In other words, it must be easily recognizable/pronounceable and spellable.
-Must not be too weird or remind someone of a female wrestler (ie. no Helga).
-Must not have too many "L" sounds.  That one is my husband.  He doesn't like names with a lot of "L's" so no Lilly or Leslie here.
-Must have between 2 - 3 syllables.   
-Must not have been the name of a "bad" student my husband once had (that's a teacher problem). 
-Must not have any insults that go with it or be a name people would make fun of.
-No feminized versions of boys names (no Josephines over here)
-No names that associated with a popular book/movie character.
-Disney must not come out with a new Princess movie a year after our baby is born, thus causing everyone to think of said princess movie when they hear our child's name.   Too bad we don't have an inside track to Disney so we can know about their future princess movies before choosing baby names.  

Here is our own Princess Elsa. Disney hadn't come out with the movie yet when this picture was taken.


Boy Rules:

-Must not be so unusual no one has ever heard of it.
-Must be a real name...no made up names.
-Must pass the substitute teacher test.  In other words, it must be easily recognizable/pronounceable and spellable.
-Must not be too weird or remind someone of a wrestler.
-Must not have an insult that rhymes with it (ie. no Dirk, because it rhymes with jerk) or be a name people would make fun of.
-Must not have been the name of a "bad" student my husband once had (that's a teacher problem). 

As you can see, there are less rules for boys.  For boys, we like common, everyday names.  

Girls are harder to name. 

I'm currently 29 weeks pregnant with our 4th girl.  You can read more here, if you want to know why we find out!   By the time you get to the 4th girl, you feel like you've used all your favorites already. We already have a name picked out and we've even told a few people.   Any one care to make a guess? (No fair guessing, if I know you and already told you).   Anyone care to make any suggestions? Baby's not born yet, so we can still change our minds and I'm still open to hearing suggestions.

How do you choose baby names?  Do you have any weird rules (like the no "L" rule)?? 

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