I love names. Names make me super happy. It's like a mini-obsession. The best thing about new babies are their names. I will watch A Baby Story and Bringing Home Baby just long enough to find out what the baby's name is, and then I turn it off. Naturally, whenever I find out one of my friends or relatives is pregnant, my first question is "what are you going to name it?" Due dates are unimportant. I want names. And my 3 pregnant sister-in-laws are not calming my name obsession at all...I want to know the names of my nieces/nephews #6, 7, and 8. Naturally, our children already have names. That's not to say they won't change, but I named my kids years ago.
But, since I love names, I write some down when I come across ones I really like.
I decided a long time ago that I didn't like really common names. I'm not a fan of names that every 5th child has. But, I'm also not a fan of names that are so out there that you can't pronounce them. I'm more apt to choose boy names that are common rather than girl names. And I can't get behind "Imogen." Ever. But I love this awesome baby names blog.
Our daughter does already have a name. But things are subject to change due to name popularity. Her middle name is after my grandmother, and starts with M. That won't change. Until probably...oh, three years ago...Olivia was my favorite girls name. I was probably 7 years old when I made that decision--seriously, my mom can attest to that. My kids have been named since then. I still love it, but it's in the top 3 girls names this year and has been in the top 10 the last three years. Therefore it's been indefinitely demoted. I want my kid to feel like I put some kind of effort into her name.
Some that I love for the girls (save my absolute favorite, because I'm stingey like that):
Aspen, Sylvia, Chandler, Chaney, Cambrie, Maya, Lorelei, Leah, Finley, Anabel, Addison, Adrienne, Makaia, Grace/Greyson, Ava, Eden, Gianna, Farrah, Vaida, Tessa
Some that I love for boys (irrelevent unless we have two boys, because he's already named, but it doesn't mean I don't love the names anyway!):
Luca/Lucas, Caleb, Liam, Joshua, Joel, Jonah, Julian, Everett, Beckett, Garrett, Anthony, Jude/Judah, Emmett
Lucas and Liam have always been my favorite. Liam is what I'm fighting for as a nickname. Lucas I love...but it really doesn't sound very good with our last name :( B loves it too.
Maybe we'll just change our last name ;)