by Sarah on 31. January 2012 in
A few months ago, I wrote a post titled, The Name Game, about some of the complexities and solutions of naming your baby. As of late, I am reminded of just how many complexities there are! Weeks away from my baby being born, I still whole heartedly agree with my earlier advice from that post. The only problem is that I forgot to address one major issue in the dilemma. What do you do when you can’t even think of a name?
Truthfully, I can think of a name I would consider using… but not one more. My husband hates my choice of name, and can only offer silly suggestions in return… so here we are…with a list that is blank. I have found myself in desperation turning to cyberspace for answers…name suggestions…anything to help me out through this process! Heavens, I audibly gasped when I humored myself by playing on BabyNameGenie.com, and the animated genie randomly suggested my one name choice as “the one” meant for my child. Surely that was a sign…or, maybe not. After this experience, I had to really come to grips with letting my desired name go, because when a genie couldn’t even convince my husband of it, I knew I didn’t stand a chance!
I’ve visited name generating sites for suggestions, turned to lists of the latest celebrity naming trends, looked to 2011’s most popular lists, and read up on finding true baby name happiness…and still… I am left searching.
I suppose when it comes down to it, baby can’t go on forever without a name…and I need to be at peace with not having this figured out today. Maybe I just need to turn my faith on a good old fashioned parenting game of Rock-Paper-Scissors to settle this dispute with my spouse…and just maybe I’ll get my name after all! In all truthfulness, I do believe there is something to be said for meeting your child before choosing their name…and when the pressure is truly on…I’m sure it’ll all be settled.
In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for my inspiration in the form of a Google search!
Are you also looking for a perfect name? Here are some of my recent site-searches for some help on the matter (even if they don’t give you the perfect name… they’ll surely entertain you!)
Name of the Year
This website is naming entertainment at its finest! The mission of Name of the Year is to discover, verify, nominate, and elect some of the most unique names you’ll ever find. With chart toppers (all real names) such as Honka Monka, and Nojah Nimpson—you’ll quickly see what I mean by entertainment. You’ll be shocked to hear some of these real names…there seems to be far more possibilities than I was even aware of!
Nymbler Name Generator
Nymbler allows you to choose several names based on your liking, and then it offers endless suggestions influenced by your taste.
Baby Name Generator Genie
Truly entertaining (and my only name ally at this point), this Genie pumps out name combinations to go with your last name.
Baby Center’s Top 100 Names of 2011
Browse 2011’s top picks for baby names, and learn about their popularity over time.
Article: 5 Routes to Baby Name Happiness
This Nameberry article confronts common struggles that come with naming baby and offers some viable solutions.
The Nameberry website also offers several guides and lists when it comes to choosing the perfect name for baby!
You can also read our earlier Name Game Post here.