I love naming. I love names. Even though I know I shouldn't, as soon as those two lines stare at me my mind is already making name lists. Generally by the 20 week scan we have our names sorted and as soon as we find out the gender, baby is named. Occasionally we'll change or rearrange a middle name yet for the most part, that is the name our child keeps.
However, once you've got past the first trimester you realise that it's not just up to you, oh no, him indoors has a say too. This wouldn't be so bad if they actually contributed something other then 'No' to every possible name you suggest.
With each pregnancy, our short list of names have been entirely different. As far as I can remember there has only been one first name that has appeared on the shortlist for two different babies and The Husband said absolutely no both times. He's an arse like that.
His sole contributions have been 'Lucy' for a girl and 'Kurgen' for a boy. Every time. Everytime I say no to the first (lovely name yet my first dog was called Lucy) and no to the second because cool The Highlander connotations aside, it's ugly and crap.
Moomin already has her name. Sorry but I won't be sharing it as the kids have a right to anonymity on here.
It's not like I don't give The Husband enough choice, seeing his own lack on input yet quickness to discount my suggestions. Indeed when pregnant with The Preschooler I gave him a long and varied list. He either straight out vetoed a name with no excuse nor reason given or else he would offer the most tremendously obscure reasons ever. I'll share some with you but i'll omit the names the comments relate to, you know, because one of your kids probably has one of the names.
"Sounds like a tropical disease"
"One of my cousins (that we never see) has an adopted daughter (that we never see) called that"
"It makes me think of Salmonella"
"It's a cat's name"
"It's a doll from playschool"
"It's a 'nothing' name"
"Sounds like a skin disorder"
"A dog's name"
"That was name name of Rocky's wife and she was a shit character"
"Something to do with a serial killer"
"Too stuck up"
"Too much like a stone"
"Too much like a daft bint from X-Factor"
" *just laughter*"
"Sounds like a waiter"
"Reminds him of Cher"
"Sounds like it should have Fever after"
See what I was up against?
So what do you take into account when naming your child? Below are some of the questions you should perhaps mull over in your mind when choosing names:
1. Do I know anyone with that name? Do I like that person?
2. Have I ever shagged anyone with that name?
3. Have I ever had a pet with that name?
4. Does it mean 'evil git' or 'Wanton Whore' in some ancient language?
5. Does it spell something gross backwards?
6. How easy is it for someone to butcher the spelling of it?
7. Will my child have to forever spell it out to people?
8. How easy is it for people to fuck up the pronunciation of it?
9. Is there a particular pronunciation of it that I despise?
10. Have I ever met someone I absolutely abhor with that name?
11. Does my partner have an ex with that name?
12. What is it most likely to be shortened too by annoying cretins who insist on shortening names?
13. Is my child likely to be in a classroom when they're older with several peers with the same name?
14. Would it make a good name for a film star? Prime Minister? Nurse? Bin man? Check out assistant? News reader? Scientist? etc.
15. Does it sound porny?
16. If you have other kids, can they pronounce the name?
17. Does it rhyme with anything negative?
18. Do the initials spell out anything obvious like BJ, STD or SEX?
19. Can you imagine yourself shouting it across the park?
20. After all that, do you actually still like it?
There have always been some personal pet hates I've had with names:
1. When people purposefully fuck with the spelling to make it 'cool' (this doesn't include legitimate alternative spellings) Stop bastardising the names, if you don't like it choose something different! A 'unique' spelling doesn't say 'this child is cool' it says 'this child has illiterate fuckwits for parents' Stop swapping I's for Y's etc. You may as well give them 'Jezza Kyle Fodder' for a middle name. Remember when trying to define your future child, your name choice can say more about you than them!
2. Choosing a full name when you have no actual intention of ever calling them anything other than the shortened version of it. Ever. If the shortened version is name enough to use, then have it as their given name!
3. People who choose a name yet can't actually pronounce it. I came across a story of a child called Siobhan. Her teacher naturally called her Siobhan (sh-vaun) until the parents corrected her, apparently their daughter was called Siobhan as in 'Si-o-ban'
4. The name Nenvaeh.
So Moomin is my last baby yet I still have so many names I need to use, oh well...better start buying some more cats then!