What’s in a baby name?

When I was little, I got anxiety over naming my Barbies and baby dolls. Naming an actual human being that has to live with that name and one I can’t just change when I get bored with it is A LOT harder.

The thing that makes it easier is that I already know what I want the name to be if it’s a girl. It’s a family name, and a name I decided on when I was like 16 years old. I had a list of boys names but suddenly when I pictured calling my child that, I didn’t like them anymore.

Names on my boy list (none of which I think I like anymore):

  • Ryder
  • Desmond
  • Jude
  • Titus
  • Declan
  • Theodore
  • Nolan
  • Chandler
  • Donovan

So instead of continually googling ‘boy names’ I went to the library and got the most recent baby name book I could find:

(Circa 2006)

So far it still hasn’t helped me find more names that I like, but it has some rather amusing lists that I thought you might enjoy.

For instance, if I wanted my future daughter or son to be a fashionista, I might choose from the ” Future Fashionistas” list which has names like:

  • Ant (B)
  • Barkan (B)
  • Blevin (B)
  • Calum (B)
  • Kenji (B)
  • Anoushka (G)
  • Chiara (G)
  • Elkie (G)
  • Joonypur (G)
  • Tirsa (G)

Or maybe I want my child to be a vegetarian. Well wouldn’t you know, there’s a list for that too:

  • A’Dhron (B)
  • Bonita (G)
  • Biondi (B)
  • Detra (G)
  • Kemper (B)
  • Fara Lynn (G)

The book is complete with other lists such as

  • Future Models
  • Future Doctors
  • Future Republicans
  • High Spirited Kids
  • Bad-to-the Bone, Death Row Names (obviously choosing from this one, the first name is Adolph.)
  • Scary Creepy Names
  • Names that make kids feel weird (why???)

Anyway, I’ve obviously got a bit more research to do. The good news is that I have roughly 6 more months in which to do it.