What's in a name?
Talking to parents and other parents-to-be, I’ve found one of the toughest parts of preparing for a child is picking out a name.
I ran across a story about a woman who regretted the name she picked for her daughter. The name in question: Nora.
Days after the birth of her baby girl, she decided she no longer liked the name she picked out days before. What’s a parent to do? She seriously contemplated changing Nora’s name. She said she didn’t have a different name to swap it, so she thought she’d just call her by her middle name, Jane.
Over time, as her child grew her own personality, she realized Nora fit her perfectly. She didn’t change it, but it made me wonder just how common this internal regret is.
Picking out a name for another human being is a big undertaking.
I can be incredibly indecisive so it is very fortunate that my son’s name was laid out for me. For five generations there has been a Samuel Jay in my husband’s family. My husband is the fifth. Our baby will be the sixth.
I’m so excited that we’re able to carry on the name.
Out of curiosity, I checked out some names that are trending in 2013. Boy’s names still high on the list: Jacob, Mason and Ethan. Girl’s names: Sophia, Emma and Isabella.
There is also a website that lists some less traditional names. According to Nameberry, there is a growing list of “cool” names. A few of the names on the list: Asher, Cleo, Jace, Echo and Jasper.