Naming our child is one of the most exciting things to think about. And scary. There are so many names to choose from, and two people have to agree on the same name. Not to mention the fact that I have created some criteria for our baby's name.
1. Name Cannot Be In The Top 10: Daniel and I both love the name Chloe, however, in 2010 it was the #5 name in Canada. Other names we like: Benjamin (#9), Noah (#6), Charlotte (#10), Ava (#4). I was never Brianna M. in elementary school or high school. In fact, I felt like my name was MY name. If ever I meet someone with the name Brianna I get a little annoyed. I want my child to rarely meet someone with their name, and it's okay if they get annoyed when they meet them. :)
- Brianna was # 77 in 1989 (USA)
- Daniel was # 6 in 1989 (USA)
2. Cannot Be Trendy: Daniel and I really like the name Brooklynn (#142). The problem? I don't think this name existed 100-years ago, and that bothers me a bit. I want to name my child a name that will stand the test of time. Did Brynlee exist 100-years ago? No. I didn't even know it existed until about 5-minutes ago.
3. Cannot be "Celebrity": Can I admit something? I like the name Shiloh (#620, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's daughter's name), and I also like Seraphina (not in top 1000, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's daughter's name). The problem? I don't want people to say to me, "Oh -- Shiloh? Like Angelina and Brad's baby?"
I will definitely NOT be naming my child Apple, Pilot Inkspektor, Blanket, Moon Unit, or Petal Blossom Rainbow (ALL real celeb kids' names)
We have also made a few "bendable" criteria. These are not "musts", but we would like to stick to this criteria if possible.
4. Multiple Syllables: Our last name is Bell. This means that we have some room to play with longer names. We tend to favour names with 3-syllables, or more. I am not interested in becoming Duggar-like and naming all my kids with "J" names, but I do like when children's names "go together" somehow. We think that we'd like to name all of our kids with 3-syllable names or more.
Some exceptions include: Georgia (# 326), Ezra (# 243)
5. Greek or Hebrew Names: Daniel and I have 4 names that we really like chosen (2 boys and 2 girls). Of these names, 3 are Greek and 1 is Hebrew (note: none of these names have been mentioned in this blog). Greek names have been around a long, long, time, but they aren't over-used. They also tend to be 3-syllables or more.
The Challenge For YOU:
Can you come up with a few names to recommend that meet most of, or even all the criteria? Don't worry too much about # 5.
Check out my favourite baby names website http://nameberry.com/ for some ideas