Choosing baby names

I am having the most difficult time choosing a name for our baby! I think it is especially difficult when you don’t know your baby’s gender… maybe because you can’t really visualise your baby, or maybe it’s just because you don’t know what your baby is, so you don’t become too attached to either the girl’s name or the boy’s name. The minute I think of a girl’s name I like, there is something in the back of my head that says ‘but it might not be a girl, so why don’t you focus on a boy’s name…’. And then I’m back to the starting point again. Ugh!

It’s also tricky when you already have children. You have to make sure the new name goes with the other names, that it flows when you say all the names together, and that it isn’t completely in a league of its own (not easy when you already have three kids and you’ve already used up your favourites).

I did pick up a copy of Baby Names Now after reading the review on A Cup of Jo a few weeks ago, and I do find it to be quite helpful. I like how frank the authors are about the names, reminding you of the possible bad nicknames or suggesting good alternatives to the more common names. Hopefully it will inspire the perfect name! I’m waiting for it.

xx Courtney

p.s. If you have name suggestions, please share!
p.p.s. Maybe we should create a book with all the baby names we all liked but didn’t end up using! I have so many great ones from previous pregnancies and a whole long list of names for this baby that we won’t end up using. It would be fun to hear everyone else’s un-used baby names! There must be so many good ones. xx


Comments (31)

September 29, 2012

I really like Tristan for a boy and Amara for a girl…

September 29, 2012

A Babyccino baby name book would be so cool.

My favourites for boys are:

My favourite for girls are:
Milla (pronounced Me-La)

Sorry Not much help…

September 29, 2012

Dear Courtney, we had exactly the same problem, though it was only our second boy. For our first we knew from the beginning it would be Jakob Konstantin. But this this time we could’t agree as our favourites were used. Finding a girls name seemed much easier. So we finally (during labour yesterday) chose David Nikolaos.
A babyccino baby name book would definitely be a great help!
So here are my favourites:
For girls
Nike ( pronounced Neeka)


xxx Diana

Courtney in London
October 1, 2012

Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy, David! What lovely names. I hope you’re enjoying this cosy new baby phase.
Thanks for the name suggestions. xxx

September 29, 2012

I have heaps and heaps of unused children’s names. I loved collecting names.

Kasimir, Bo, Baldur, Philippo, Lupo, Lysander, Isajah, Barnabas, Levi, Loring, Hamish, Basil, Zachary, Thadeus, Quinn, Quentin, Giles

Coco, Fleur, Luci, Bim, Kitty, Liv, Cosima, Margeritte, Isadora, Elsa, Jolande, Blandine, Mimoza, Lovis, Ivy, Batsheba, Athena, Lamai, Juno, Posey, Jemima

and on and on it goes.

Esther in Amsterdam
September 30, 2012

I think Boaz is such a cool boys’ name. But it’s not the one we’ve chosen!! 🙂 xxx

October 1, 2012

With my 3rd (almost a year ago) we didn’t find out the sex, we had a girl, Lucy. My boys name was Leo, which I was so in love with, it was almost enought to make me try for another boy!

October 1, 2012

Got a long list of girls names: Mimi, Clementine, Jemima, Peta, Eva, Ava, Ivy, Nancy, Lola, Betty, Ines, Coco, Orla, Milla, Agnes, Mable…

and only Otto for a boy!

We ended up with Daisy, Florence (known as Flossie) and Olive. I was obsessed with names when pregnant – a Babyccino Names book is a brilliant idea!!

Courtney in London
October 2, 2012

I love your names! In fact, one of them is high on our list for a girl’s name! 🙂
And I really love the name Otto for a boy too. One of my good girlfriends just named her son that, so obviously we can’t go for that name… x

Berlin Kangaroo
October 1, 2012

From the moment my husband and I were ready for children we were sure about just one name,Charlotte, ……but we have been blessed with 2 boys, Harrison commonly known at Kinder as Harry, and Hugh-Henry (we couldn’t agree) and commonly known as Hughy.

October 1, 2012

I have found my baby girl name on this book
We chose Olympia as a middle name as she was born in the year of the Olympic games :-). Good luck!

Courtney in London
October 1, 2012

I love everyone’s suggestions! It’s so fun to see what everyone likes and chose. My son, Quin, was nearly an Ansel… and if Ivy was a boy, she would have been called Iggy. (It feels so strange to think of them as anything but their names!)
I think I’m getting closer to having a girl’s name… but we are still stuck for a boy’s name. Suggestions welcomed! xxx

October 1, 2012

I really like Iggy – would be a cool little boy. How much longer do you have before the baby is due??

October 2, 2012

I’m a sucker for old school / traditional yet a little unique. For boys: Clyde, Jude, Truman
For girls: Marion, Blair
Best of luck!

Courtney in London
October 2, 2012

I love your names! (And my middle name is Marion. It’s my mom’s name and my grandmother’s name, etc. It’s Ivy’s middle name too.) xx

Courtney in London
October 2, 2012

I have one month left! (Esther is due in less than 2 weeks!!!) x

October 2, 2012

OMG, it has gone so quickly. Only seems like yesterday when esther did the post about both of your babies. Can’t wait to hear the names you both choose and to see the little cuties.

October 2, 2012

Ahhh I share your pain- in fact our daughter was a nameless mite for a week after she was born. We settled on Juniper in the end, with Juno as her nickname. It goes well with Rufus and the two of them sound like they could be a little circus double act (which is what they are, come to think of it!). Hope the last weeks are going well! Livi x

October 2, 2012

My second was a girl, but if she was a boy she would have been Isadore (Zazie). Best of luck to both of you.

October 2, 2012

Sorry I will have to be quick…supper is on…!

For girls: Anni, Hetty, Delilah (short..Lilah) Evie short for Evangeline and Lottie!!!
For the boys: Osian and Telor but tgese are welsh names!!!

Good luck x

October 3, 2012

Just wait till you meet your baby , we had a bunch of names that got scrapped when we met her. Our daughters name is Juno Hana . I know some people hate it, honestly I don’t care it suits her

October 4, 2012

When I was pregnant with my first I really liked the idea of choosing a Hebrew/Biblical name and pairing it with a family name. I tried combining family members’ names and everything, but the name we finally decided we liked for our daughter was Gwendolyn – perfect, and suits her so well (middle name Grace). We call her Gwen, Gwendy, Gwendy-loo, etc.

With our second, a boy, I decided to stick with the 3-syllable first name + 1-syllable middle name because it flows more nicely with our last name (some of the names I like I just wouldn’t consider because they sound too rhyme-y or have too much alliteration when put together). Even though I’m not crazy about the name Joe, we named him Josiah James (and I only know of one person who calls him Joe). I love that both of my kiddos’ names are unique enough without being obscure and weird and “how do you spell that?”

I’m currently pregnant with our 3rd and we just found out it’s a girl. I’m considering our second choice name for Gwendolyn, which was Adeline (middle name Faith, perhaps). My other girl choices are Eliana and Emeline.

If we had a boy (or have one in the future), I’m considering Eliot/Elliot (a family name), Evan, Zachery/Zachary, Zephan and Emerson. I also like Ephraim and Austin (also a family name), but other family members have snatched those up. We considered Jordan at one point, but it’s become very trendy for boys and girls so that turns me off.

A really neat baby name book I picked up a couple years ago is The Baby Name Wizard. It categorizes the names, gives them a popularity rating, tells you some of the possible pitfalls and – among other things – give sibling name with the same feeling. For instance, for the name Gwendolyn: popularity #598; the style is African-American, Celtic, “Solid Citizens;” Nicknames are Gwen and Wendy; a variant is Gwendolen; sister names are Rosemary, Marianne, Muriel, Constance and Glenda; brother names are Vaughn, Clark, Randolph, Clifford and Stanton.

Good luck!

October 4, 2012

I am greek so I will propose greek names which i believe have universal appeal,
for girls: Danae, Lidia, Ariadne, Afrodite, Alexandra, Aelia, Penelope,Euvridiki, Eudoxia

for boys: Alexander, Odysseus, Orestis,

good luck

October 12, 2012

I love Greek girls names! I had a friend at university called Amanta, short for Diamanta. So sparkly!

October 9, 2012

Dear C.

Choosing a name is not easy. Especially when there’s not only surname but 3 sibling names to take into consideration!
I’m sure you’ll find the most beautiful suitable name; but here’s my Scandinavian input:

Boy: Anders, Emil

Girl: Astrid, Ingrid

Best of luck and enjoy your exciting week! xxx

October 10, 2012

Gabriel, Sidney or Asher for a boy.
Dylan, Imogen, Kai, Alice or Elise for a girl.

Just discovered your blog through the Babble list and am SO thoroughly enjoying it!

October 10, 2012

For boys I love George, Lennon, Harrison, and Wilbur.
For girls.. Penny, Lane, Tilly, Daphne, and Evelyn (Evie)
All the best with choosing a name for bubs xx

October 16, 2012

I’m pregnant with my 2nd too and hubby and I are not agreed at all on ideas…so i will share favorites of mine. My first is called Alexia.

Girl: Mila, Eden, Carlotta, Britta, Pearl, Vivien, Adele
Boy: Franklin, Harrison, Ellis, Elliott, Raphael, Quinn, Jacob, Rudy

Good luck!!

October 31, 2012

I have one daughter named Olivia but a few other names I like are:
Girl – Ava, Sophia, Emma, Madison
Boy – Mason, Carter, Jacob, William

October 12, 2016

I’m a little late but I know you’re preggers again:) I work in a pediatrics clinic and write down some names that I run across. My favorites so far are Zipporah, Anessa and Malaya. All girl names with very sweet personalities!!

February 16, 2017

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