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Before I go any further I want to sincerely apologize for even talking about names on DH because I’m probably going to keep The Wee One’s name off the blog.  Writing this post makes me feel like a big tease and maybe I’ll change my mind later on, but for now I don’t plan on parading him around DH too often (of course they’ll be pictures here and there!) but that means keeping his name private as well.

The most commonly asked question once your bump begins to show is, “Have you picked a name yet?”  This is a question everyone loves to ask, friends, family, strangers, and I’m even guilty of it as well with other people!  Unfortunately, being asked about baby boy’s name these days makes me stressed out because, WELP, we haven’t picked one yet! And since I’m at the point in my pregnancy where I get randomly emotional about specific things, I’ve sort of thrown out all the names we were originally considering.  I’ve done this a few times much to The Scottish’s dismay, and I think he’d be happy with whatever we had picked three names ago.

The problem is… nothing has felt right.

Our girl name was picked before we got pregnant and when we stumbled upon it we had this beautiful moment of A-HA.  That is our baby girl.  That’s her name, she can’t have another name because that is her name.  We both LOVE this name.  Our families LOVE this name.  It seemed like it was meant to be.  But then we found out we were having a boy.

We quickly shelved our girl name and got super excited about having a son!  But we had no clue what we would choose for his name.  We started searching but nothing we found gave us that same fireworks reaction.  It was kind of a let down.

Since our girl name is Scottish we knew we wanted our boy’s name to be Scottish as well.  I know it’s a bit cliché and kind of predictable to go with Scottish themed names, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t care!  I can’t think of a more beautiful way to honor my children’s heritage on the other side of the pond when they’ll live and breath all things American most of their lives.  That said, having a cultural theme is both helpful and narrowing.  We are limited by Gaelic, Celtic, and Scottish names but on the upside we are not drowning in the millions and millions of name options that exist.

To make things more difficult, The Scottish and I have very different ideas of what makes a good name.  I love weirdo unique names and he loves traditional, classic names that actually sound like first names.

I find his choices to be too popular and he finds mine weird for the sake of being weird.  Here are a few examples of names we aren’t even considering but will help illustrate how different our preferences are.

The Scottish: Craig, Jamie, Michael

Stephanie: Barclay, Drummond, Tristan

The goal is to find something that is not a surname, because while I think McAllister is a great name, The Scottish can only see it as a last name and therefore it doesn’t make sense in his mind.  He also doesn’t like names that mean hills or cities or any other landmark for that matter.  So no little boy named Loch, I guess? (Loch = Lake).  Just kidding, I wouldn’t want that either!

We do have our work cut out for us.  I’m sitting over here at 34 weeks large and time is a-ticking with no perfect name on the horizon.  The Scottish says we don’t need a perfect name, we need a good name, the boy makes the name, not the other way around.  Isn’t he annoying wise?

I do know it will all work out and I’m totally fine if we are those people that choose a name at the hospital, although when I took a poll with some of my online friends, I found most people knew 100% what they would name their kiddos way before baby was born.  I guess we’re living on the edge, haha.

What about those of you with children?  Did you know their name in advance or wait until they were born to name them?

Who here dislikes or LOVES their own first name?  I really like my name, Stephanie, but I find my nickname of Steph to be awful.  I feel bad when I tell the Starbucks barista my long-ass name, but I refuse to introduce my name as Steph to anyone (even though I’m called Steph by some people on a regular basis and it doesn’t bother me too much).  What about you?

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20 Responses to “Naming This Baby”

  1. Stu

    Lord Bartholomew Fireheart III – Destroyer of Worlds (just a suggestion – feel free to pick and choose your favourite part…)

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  2. Blair

    Just from reading Outlander, where my love of Scottish things come from, I can think of Ian, Dougal, Colum, Murtagh, Alec, Malcolm, Hugh. Good luck in finding one! I think it’s great you are honoring their heritage in this way.

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  3. Jonna

    This may seem wrong, but I love that you are having difficulties in finding a name. Means that my husband and I aren’t the only ones. I find that it is hard to agree on a boy name. If it makes you feel better I am 39 weeks and will probably induced on Wednesday and we are as far from agreeing on a name as we were when we first started the discussions! For the same reasons you have, he likes names in the top 10 while for me I automatically veto any from the top 20! It was the same way with our 1st son, our daughter’s name was picked out years before we were married. Now we have pretty much decided to leave it at we both know each others top picks and will wait until he is here. Levi wasn’t named until 2 hours after he was born it will interesting to see how long after this one comes he receives his name!

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    • Stephanie

      haha, no worries, you are definitely not alone! I agree, I can’t do anything from the top 20 either! Glad to know not everyone goes to the hospital knowing the name, good luck with your induction tomorrow and naming baby! 🙂

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  4. Sara Michelle

    We didn’t have our little guy’s name picked out until a few hours before he was delivered! We had narrowed it down to a few, and then my hubby did a HUGE mistake by telling his mother (my mother-in-law) the names we had narrowed it down to that he really liked. Well, she fell in love with one of the names and kept repeating it for days, so it immediately got scratched! I couldn’t handle her choosing the name! :). In the hospital, the lady out on our white board the goal: have baby —- and left it blank for us to fill in. We were at the hospital for almost 24 hours before baby boy made his appearance, so between snoozing and watching the Masters on TV (yes, we’re golf people!) we chatted about it and then decided on the name only a little bit before we had to start pushin. I have to say, it fits our little man too! I couldn’t imagine him having any other name!

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    • Stephanie

      Yea I think hearing someone say the name over and over again would drive me bananas too! You guys definitely made a great choice!

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  5. Stephanie

    A fellow Stephanie here! I love my name, too. It’s ‘common’ but also not; I don’t meet a Stephanie on every turn like you do with a Mary or an Ashley. People call me Steph all the time, though I don’t introduce myself to people that way…I don’t dislike the nickname, but I just don’t identify myself as a ‘Steph’ when I think about it. It’s usually a natural progression for people who become my friends to start calling me that instead of my full name. Actually, I think that’s all my husband calls me, unless he’s annoyed with me and then I get full first name checked, haha.

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    • Stephanie

      Hey Stephanie, happy to have you commenting! 🙂 Agreed, I don’t meet other Stephanies as often as some popular names from the 80’s. Which I prefer! And I get called Steph by men more than women but it’s still a pretty frequent nickname and I don’t mind it but I definitely don’t think of myself as as Steph either!

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  6. CoCo

    I LOVE the names you picked! I too love a good unique names that are also somewhat traditional (but not used traditionally the way I want to use them). Drummond and Tristan are just so awesome! PS – I too love Outlander!!! Gah. What a great series of books.

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    • Stephanie

      Well those are just random ideas, but thanks! 🙂 We’ll probably go with something in between my unique names and his everyday ones. I guess I need to read this Outlander! Thanks for the comment!

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  7. The Wee Sis’ Husband

    Drummond and Tristan sound like your in Game of Thrones…. no no no no… what you want is a good name like Robert… strong name! 3 Kings of Scotland have been called Robert!

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  8. Wendy

    It took my husband and I forever to agree on a name for our son. We finally did and then had him and decided it was not right and picked a different one.

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  9. Margy

    You’ll find a name — your child won’t be nameless for his whole life. 🙂 I’m with you — I like unique names. My name is unique (and often pronounced incorrectly), and I love that not may other people share my name. 🙂

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    • Stephanie

      Thanks for the vote of confidence!! That’s awesome, I think it’s more fun when you don’t know a lot of people with your same name. 🙂

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  10. JennyinAZ

    Aw, I’m sorry you’re having trouble finding the right name! It’ll come to you! (FWIW I like both of your name lists, but I think I like yours a bit more lol)

    Um, my own name? Its fine. I don’t hate it by any means and I really don’t know that I’d rather be called anything else. Its just, well: Jennifer, so very not unique. lol And I don’t mind any of the nicknames, but go by Jenny the most (outside of work where I’m plain old Jennifer).

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    • Stephanie

      Thanks! We’re actually looking at other names but those are an indication of what I like vs what he likes.
      Jennifer is a great classic name, very Scottish approved! 🙂

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