Naming a kid is hard y’all.
There are so many things to think of. Some of these were a fleeting thought, and others were reasons why names got crossed off.
- Do you want a family name? If so how do you explain to the other family that you didn’t go with theirs (if this is even a concern)?
- Does someone close to you already have this name? And do you want them to have the same name?
- Does someone in your past have this name? Is that a good or bad thing?
- Is there a connotation that goes along with this name? (ie stripper names)
- Could there be bad nicknames associated with this name? (ie Josie Grossie)
- Do you believe in the meanings behind names?
- Do you want to be original or more traditional?
- Are you ok with it being a common name?
- What about spelling?
- Will their initials spell something? (I mean seriously do you want your initials to be COW, DUD, or BUT if you had a say?)
- And above all else, you both need to like it and agree.
We have been keeping a running tab of names that we like for the past couple years. Whenever I heard a name that I liked, I would run it by Tom and then add it to our list on my phone.
To be honest, I have kept a list since I was a little kid. I was totally that girl who envisioned being a mom from pretty much day one. I often got the name books in the Scholastic Book fairs in elementary school. So one can say that I have always been interested in names.
Once we found out we were pregnant we got serious about our list. We narrowed our boy names fairly easy to a couple that we really liked. The girl names were much harder.
We both had our likes but we kept having to restart because we knew someone with the name (student I wasn’t fond of or someone Tom hated) or it just didn’t feel right to one of us. Namely, we had issues with the connotations that go along with some names…
This is so stressful people.
You want to pick a solid name that your child can be proud of. You don’t want them to hate their name. (I went through a phase where I hated my name because it was so common, and wanted to change it to Crystal. Why, I have no idea. Parents, I do love my name now, so thank you.)
The name is the first identifier for someone. So much is revolved around a name such as memories and their experiences. I mean think about it when you say someone’s name a lot more comes to mind than just that one word.
So how do you pick a name that can mean so much to someone before you even meet them?
You just kind of wing it to be honest. (While thinking about all the questions above of course.)
And once you know, you know.
And without further ado, our little guy will be…
George is a name that we both have loved for a long time, like before we were pregnant long time. So that part was easy. And neither of us have had bad encounters with a George or has it been stolen by someone close to us (I kid about the stolen part, well only sort of.) Really, we just know famous George’s: George Washington, George Brett, Prince George…Tom and I actually played a game of “Last Word” with who can beat the other with famous Georges. Just try to see how many you can come up with!
The middle name proved to be a little more interesting of a conversation. (We considered for a time to name him after George Brett-we love our Royals. Also the middle name “America” was discussed…sadly.)
But we finally settled on Lawson.
Lawson is Tom’s middle name. (If we would have had a girl, she would have had my middle name.)
It is so great to call him by his name.
Our little George.
Also George has been dubbed as our ninja baby (thanks to our dear friend Sandra) since he surprised us with his sneaky entrance into the world. The nickname has kind of stuck, and he keeps pulling out little surprises for us. At our appointment last week, we found out that we are actually more than a week further along than we thought. George is growing so steadily and like a champ, and the last two ultra sounds have not been consistent with our previous due date. So we are actually 20 weeks tomorrow, which means we are half way there! Our new due date is September 15th instead of the 25th.
Do you have names picked out already? How would/did you go about picking a name?