The Great Name Debate

Who Dat Baby

Choosing a name for your children is, no doubt, serious business. It’s one of those major decisions that can’t be taken lightly; after all, it’s something your child will carry for the rest of his or her life. I’m pretty sure most of our readers would agree that this process was no easy matter. Amazingly enough, by the end of six or seven months, babies can respond to their own name, so I sure hope he/she likes it or learns to love it and not legally change it!

Things to consider when choosing a name

  • Do you choose something unique; go with a family name, something biblical, trendy or popular?
  • Do you and your spouse agree, or do you agree to disagree?
  • Do you narrow the names down and wait until the baby is born before you decide which name will be the perfect fit?
  • Do you keep your name a secret, hiding it away from all your friends and acquaintances so nobody else will steal it?
  • Do you make sure it is a name that your child will be able to spell and write when in school? Will they be teased; does it rhyme with something silly?

With so many things to consider, should we just write down our favorites and pick one out of a hat so we can keep our sanity?!

Cooper Gregory Kelly

When I was pregnant with my first child, we decided not to find out the gender. This made it difficult for me and my spouse because we had to agree on both a boy and girl name. His list of boy names included Brady, Drew, Peyton and Eli…can you establish the pattern of famous NFL quarterbacks? For a girl, miraculously, we agreed on Sadie (after my great grandmother) and middle name, Camille (after my grandmother, his great grandmother and his great aunt). For my 31st birthday, when I was 23 weeks pregnant, we went to the Saints/Cowboys game in New Orleans with another couple. As we were riding to the game, the name debate came up. Greg told them his list of boy names, and my friend suggested we go with the third Manning brother, Cooper. I said it aloud: “Cooper Kelly” and we used Gregory as his middle name after his daddy. We both knew that was the name for our boy. Problem solved! I must not have taken into consideration if it rhymed with anything silly, POOPER COOPER, but hopefully no teasing will come of his name once he goes to school.

For my second pregnancy, we agreed not to find out gender. Here we go again! This time around, we settled on the boy name right away, but I’m not sharing in case there are any name stealers that may be reading this! For a girl, we still liked Sadie Camille, but did I forget to mention Sadie was the name of our big black Labrador? This played out in my head: Cooper yelling at his sister, “Mom and Dad loved you so much they named you after the dog!” So, moving on, we both had family ties to Camille, and we stuck with that and gave her Suzanne for a middle name, after my mom. I can’t think of anything bad that rhymes with Camille so I’m calling this a win!

There are numerous ways people decide on their baby names. NOMB Contributor Amber found the name for her son, Nathaniel, while reading the Bible. Andie and her husband had the name Andrew picked out before they even got married. They liked it because it was classic and not overly common or trendy, plus Scott loves to fish, and St. Andrew is the saint of fishermen. For Karen, having always loved the name Wesley and living close to the city of Weston, it became the only name they agreed on, slightly different and unique. Linzy and her husband chose Annelise as an update of her husband’s grandmother, Anna Lee, and chose Tierney as the middle name, also a family name from both sides. Co-founder, Ashley and her husband chose Thatcher because it was original, strong and would transition well from childhood to adult. They chose William for a middle name because it was simple, classic and a family name on both sides. For their daughter, Ashley and her husband both kept coming back to the name Hadley and used Ashley’s middle name Jayne before she got married, which was picked out by her dad that she wanted to pass on to her daughter.

So, what’s in a name? How did you decide on the perfect fit for your child? Was this a simple or complicated process?


  1. lol- We went through the entire name book and had vetoed all of them.. I said we are now in the Z’s and have to pick something!

    So Zachary it was:)

  2. My twin girls were born prematurely, so my husband and I had not yet settled on a name. We liked Jordan but could not agree on another “J” name. We also loved Briana but could’t settle on any other “B” names. After delivery (and two weeks on bedrest), I was exhausted and drugged, my husband made an “executive decision” to just go with those names. In the end, my girls didn’t end up with the perfect “twin names” I had dreamed of but their names fit perfectly and I love the individuality!

    • Kenniece, I love how you said an “executive decision”, but I think it is precious that he went with the names you both loved and agreed on. Sweet story, thanks for sharing!

  3. I was watching “Father of the Bride II” right after finding out I was pregnant and by the time both babies were delivered I was bawling! (I chalk the crying up to hormones! lol) In the movie, the OB’s name is Megan and Steve Martin also names his daughter Megan. I thought, what a great name and my husband agreed! So, Megan it was…and is!

    We had a boys name picked out, too. The night after our first ultrasound, we were watching “Goonies”. The big brother’s name was Bran, but I never really paid much attention to it. At the end of the movie when they are reunited with their families, the mom yells out “Brandon”. Right after, I looked at my husband and said, “What do you think of Brandon for a boy?”. He agreed and Brandon was our boy name.

  4. Jessica, both classic films that I love! Funny how the names you chose both came from the movies and that you and your husband both agreed on them. If it was me, we would have to go through a thousand movies and characters before we agreed on one! It sounds like it was an easy decsion for you!

  5. We also decided not to find out gender, so we had to choose a boy and girl name. Our boy name was Booker (for James Booker, Booker T & the MGs, Booker T. Washington, plus we love to read!) Lawrence (beloved deceased uncle’s name).

    Our girl’s middle name was settled on Rose, a name we both loved, after paternal grandmother Rose Marie and great grandmother Rosina. We were down to the wire choosing girl first names, though. We wanted a name that would have only one standard spelling, not terribly common, with good nickname potential, but solid for use as an adult. The two we came down to were Beatrix (nickname Trixie, slightly preferred by Dad) and Matilda (nickname Tilda, slightly preferred by Mom). While I was in labor, I decided it would definitely be Matilda, which means “battle-mighty,” because that’s how labor made me feel.

    All of our back and forth on girl’s names was for naught, however, as we ended up with a baby boy, named Booker Lawrence. And now we mostly call him Books. Or Poo-Monster.

  6. When we found out we were having a girl we struggled on a first name that would go with “Lynn” as a middle name. Both of our moms share the first name Lynn so that was a no-brainer. Isabella, Bella, too trendy. Then we found Mia. Of course we waited almost 32 weeks to settle on it. With our son I had always loved the name Jeremy and we went with Jeremy Martin (Martin being the dad and all, lol). That one was waaaaaay easier than our daughter. I’m pretty sure we’re done but if we have another baby I’m just going to pay someone to help me decide, lol.


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