What’s in a name?

We have passed the half way mark!  I am twenty four weeks pregnant now.  Although I feel like we have a long way to go, I am in planning mode.  What kind of stroller should we get? Disposable or cloth diaper?  Do I go with a sling or a carrier?  All of these things seem far less important than the simple task of naming our child.  Oh, but it is not so simple!  I feel a bit overwhelmed having the power to name a person.  It is a big responsibility.
We want to be surprised with the gender so we have to have two names at the ready on delivery day.  My husband and I have thrown around a few names and have actually agreed on most!  Maybe this won’t be so hard…

I have some particular criteria:

We would like the name to be French, but easy for the anglophone to pronounce (my husband is from Quebec and I’m the anglophone).  I have always loved French names, but I don’t want to mispronounce my own child’s name!  It’s a bit tricky.

I would like it to be popular but not that common.  I was always one of four Sarah’s in my class.  My name was “Sara without an H” for ten years!  I don’t need it to be completely original, though.  While I appreciate interesting names, I think the person brings character to any name.

Well, that is really my only criteria.  This should be a breeze…

When choosing a name, did you tell people your ideas before your little one came? I am finding that I do blurt out my ideas to friends and family and on more than one occasion I have had a name nixed by someone.  “Oh, I knew a Sophie and she was a real so and so”.  Names are so personal!

Where did you find ideas for names? I have looked online, in books, asked family (the french side!) and taken ideas from my personal life.  My favourite name of the moment, for a girl, is from my favourite movie.


4 thoughts on “What’s in a name?”

  1. I am French and my husband is English… Our first daughter is Elizabeth, and our second, which will be born tomorrow, will be named Catherine… They are classic old names, but because everybody goes for the originality these day, they are not so common anymore…

  2. It’s so true, Amelie. The classic names seem to be less common these days. I love them. They stand the test of time! Congrats on your new arrival!

  3. I had the same criteria when naming our child. I am French (with Portuguese background) and needed a name that was easy to pronounce in a few languages by all of our relatives. Luckily, we had a very nice name in the family which met all of these criteria: Simone

    In her school of almost 400 students, she is the only “Simone” yet everyone knows and loves the name when they hear it.

    When asked her name, my daughter replies: My name is pronounced “See-mon” in French and “See-moan” in English! 🙂

    Congratulations and good luck!

    1. Thank you for sharing, Ingrid. Simone is a lovely name. I love that your daughter explains how to pronounce it depending on the language!

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