Friday, March 19, 2010
the quest for the perfect name
I remember for years my favorite boy name was Jackson and my favorite girl name was Stella. But then Jackson and Jack become super popular and trendy. Plus I married a man with the last name Anderson. Two "son"s in one name is too many. I still really like the name Stella, but I now know too many Ella's and Ellie's and the like, so Stella is no longer on my list. One of my requirements is that the name not be trendy. I refuse to use a name that is in on the Top 100.
I chose the name Asher after reading My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok when Jared and I were engaged. Right then and there we decided our first son would be Asher. Super easy. I love that it's biblical but not super common. It has gained in popularity in the last few years, but since it's in the Bible, I don't think it can ever be deemed trendy.
Now we are trying to decide on a name for our baby girl. We have a much harder time with girls names. We don't agree on them as easily. I have spent A LOT of time online looking at names. Although there are lots of names I like, I've been having a hard time feeling like one is the one. I would love to use a Biblical name again and we have two that we really like, but I just can't seem to commit.
I loved that when I was pregnant with Asher, we called him Asher from the day we knew he was a boy. I loved having that extra connection and having him feel like a real little person even before he was born. I would love to name this baby before she comes so I can have that same connection. I'm just not sure I will be able to name her until she is born and I see her.
How did you choose your child(ren)'s names? Do you have a running list of your favorite names for your future children? Did you pick your child's name before they were born? Did you and your spouse have a hard time agreeing on a name? Have any of you had a spiritual experience in naming your child(ren)?
Two really fun baby name websites are Baby Name Wizard and Name Berry.