As soon as we found out we was expecting, I quickly became obsessed with trying to think of names, ‘What about Max’, ‘Jessica is lovely’, ‘Oohh, Dylan is pretty cool’. I was clearly driving Trevor mad and we couldn’t agree on any names.
We decided on our boy’s name pretty quickly whilst we was driving to Cornwall, Trevor’s homeland. During the journey, Trevor tuned into ‘Jack FM’ and we both said in unison, ‘How about Jack’. Job done!
Now, we just had to come up with a girl’s name and so the fun begun. There is so much to consider:
Baby Name Books
How can their be so many names in the world? I’m sure most of the names in these books are made up names just to make up the numbers. Surely, no parent in their right mind would choose some of them. Please tell me you thought the same? We quickly gave up on the books and gave them away.
Top / Common Baby Names
So it turns out that ‘Jack’ is the 2nd most common boys name in 2015. We didn’t know that at the time but I wouldn’t have changed it anyhow. ‘Lisa’ was a very common name in the 80’s, I recall lots of Lisa’s in my school, they were cool too 😉 Do you have a common name?
Initial Abbreviations and Nicknames
Cue the bullies at school if your child’s initials are BO or BJ or if their name rhymes with Dick or Smelly!
‘Sticks and stones may brake my bones but names will never hurt me.’ What moron came up with that saying? Yes, children will suffer at school thanks to poor name choices and nicknames may last a lifetime.
I think its safe to say that some children’s names will reflect their parents personality or lifestyle. Take the obvious names ‘Peaches’ and ‘Apple’ for example, daughters of musicians and TV/movie stars. How many children do you know that have been named after their dad’s favourite footballer or mum’s favourite singer?
Should we be careful that our children are not given names that better reflect the parents that we are? Perhaps, your son Elvis may not like Rock ‘n’ Roll as much as you?
The meaning of the name ‘Lisa’ is Oath of God. What does your name mean? Some people may take the meaning of their name quite seriously, luckily I don’t.
Some children become a ‘Jnr’ and share their name with a parent, perhaps more common in a father/son relationship? Trevor’s middle name is ‘Michael’ as was his dad’s. My mum’s first name is my middle name and my dad’s is my brothers too. What family name traditions do you have?
Does a name determine your child’s future; their career, relationships, friendships, lifestyle choices? Its quite likely.
Like it or not, your child’s name probably will determine their career. Recruiters can be ruthless and workplace discrimination does exist.
Do you recall when the mega-witch snob Katie Hopkins, claimed that she didn’t like children with “lower class” names such as Charmaine, Chantelle, Chardonnay and Tyler and that she would prevent her own offspring from playing with them. Sadly, these fools do exist and children are sometimes prejudged by their name.
So you see, choosing a name is pretty tough! Your little ones have to live with their name for the rest of their lives so it is important that we choose wisely and get it right for them.
We never did choose a girl’s name, perhaps somehow we knew that we was having a boy.
How did you choose your children’s names?
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