As I roll into my 8th month I am trying not to panic on what needs to be done before baby B. arrives (according to my checklist a lot). One thing is definitely not going as smoothly as planned and that is naming her. I had always thought that I would name her after my paternal grandmother, but that name has rose in popularity so fast that it has become the #1 girls name in America according to the Social Security records name popularity site. Being bestowed a unique unisex name (which I love) I want my daughter to have the same affinity for her own name and also I like having a name that is not so common, to me it feels special, albeit I did try to get people to call me ‘Jenny’ at one point in my youth but no one went for it. I also wasn’t planning on having such a vocal partner when it comes to names. My husband who is usually relaxed and agreeable has become the ax ‘thrower downerer’ on names, giving each one an instant kabosh and when asked why gives me the frustrating answer, “just don’t like it.” I am someone that needs to know why, I can’t have a name tossed away so flippantly. So, when I offered up ‘Seren’, which is Welsh for star, he answered, “It’s a name of a poisonous gas”. It’s still pretty though. I would like to start calling her something and we have narrowed the names down to half a dozen choices, which I like to go over with my husband every.single.day which has prompted him to say, “If I agree to one of the names can we stop this discussion?” Uhm, no! Is he nuts? It’s her name, it’s supposed to be fun not a chore. I love ‘Keaton’ which I heard on a little girl a while back which has multiple meanings one of them being ‘baby hawk’ which I thought was both sweet + strong, but that one was thrown out almost before it rolled off my tongue. I knew of a beautiful and quirky doctor named ‘Prudence’ and have always thought it was so delightfully old-fashioned, but may actually just read ‘old lady’. ‘Clementine’ which was the name of Winston Churchill’s beloved wife has actually started to rise in popularity which takes away from its appeal for me, but wasn’t of appeal to her Papa so there’s that. I loved a host of French-centric names ‘Martine’ (Marty), Almandine, Esme (wow, did this one rise in popularity!), Colette (my husband thinks it rhymes too much with ‘toilet’), Adeline, but those were all nixed as well. So here I am back to my six, but figured maybe there’s an unusual unisex name that I haven’t heard of yet that you might know of? It’s worth a try to ask and it seems like everyone has a few spare baby names that they love but aren’t going to be using (or have a partner that has vetoed the name), so are there any unisex baby names that you love that you would like to throw into the Baby B. name pool? Please be my guest, I am open to hearing anything and everything! I am especially partial to both literary and nature names, or of course unusual classics but those seem to be very popular right now.
And if you are struggling with naming your baby, business or fictional character for your novel I have made a little list of name sites that I have been enjoying:
Appellation Mountain-The commentors always seem to have a lot of suggestions so if you like a name scroll through the comments for even more ideas!
Baby Name Genie-this has a fun little feature wherein the genie offers up 3 baby name wishes.
Baby Names World- I like the look up by origin feature.
Nameberry -I think the forums are better than the actual site!
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they are expecting a baby girl in December (possibly November). Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.