Choosing a Boy’s Name

12:06 am by 

baby boy shoesThat’s right, our ultrasound last week told us that Baby #2 is a boy! I’m most excited for Tate to have a brother, but also that most of the clothes our baby boy will need are in bins downstairs, and that we’ll only have to decide on one set of names!  

We didn’t find out Tate’s gender until he was born, so this is new territory. As much fun as that surprise was in the delivery room, I’m feeling a little more need for advance-organization this time around. This post by Kelly helped seal the “I want to know now” deal in my mind, and thankfully my husband felt the same way.

What I didn’t expect was that his birth suddenly seems imminent…a strange “I know you now, so you’ll probably be here by next weekend.” feeling. Can anyone else relate to that?

Back to the choosing of the name, though, here are some good sites I’ve come across, most of them in a “where were you when I was agonizing over my first child’s name?!” category:

  • My new favorite (thanks, Angela!) is the baby name finder-extraordinaire from Yeah Baby. It allows you to select the number of syllables, including a combination (like 2, 3 or 4 syllables). Most sites let you choose the first letter of the name, but you can also select the last letter here, or the first/last letter that you don’t want. And a few other cool options too.
  • The coolest is at Nymbler where you enter up to six names of either gender, and they then suggest other names that you might like. It’s a bit addictive, I’ll warn you.
  • Silly, but also addictive is Baby Name Genie – enter just your last name, or if you have a first or middle name but need the other one, enter that too. The “genie” produces a perfect name for you, and if you keep asking for more ideas, you get snarky comments to go along with them. It also has a place to test out a name in everyday conversation tidbits.
  • BabyNamesPedia has some interesting lists, like unique, trendy or odd baby names.
  • The Baby Name Wizard is another great search engine, with some of the same features that Yeah Baby has, plus the option to choose how common the name is in the U.S., ranging from very popular to rare.
  • If you’re looking for advice based on user-experience, BabyNamesHub has input from people with that name, or parents who gave that name to their child. Just enter a name in the Name Trends section, select it on the next page then scroll down for user comments. You’ll find out if there are common pronounciation problems, possible nicknames, etc.
  • All-purpose, no-frills, lots of choices at BabyNames. They have some fun lists too, like Shakespeare Names or Oscar-winning Names.
  • Finally, the Social Security site can track any name’s popularity by year, and also by state – names that may be in the top ten nationally might be less common where you live. You can even look up popular names for twins.

Any others that I’m missing? What are your favorite baby-naming websites or the best baby name books?

Photo Courtesy:
handmaidenbymaria

Categories: Pregnancy
5 Responses
  • Kelly @ Love Well :

    Date: June 8, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Congratulations Kara! I have so many friends who have two boys as their oldest kids. Brothers close in age are the best.

  • Shawn :

    Date: June 10, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    WOOT!

  • Becky :

    Date: June 13, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    I really didn’t like finding a name. I did all the searching and Dave said “yah” or “nay” and the ones that he did suggest I pretty much “nay”ed right away! Ha ha! I searched all the websites and had a list of about 30-40 names and then slowly over the months leading up to Nolan’s birth, we widdled that list down to 3. We went to the hospital with Samuel, Owen and Nolan. And once we met the little guy we just knew. Ahhh…isn’t that sweet? ha ha!

  • Lisa :

    Date: June 18, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    Great resource of links! Gonna have to bookmark this one for some faraway day in the future. :-)

  • Lindsay :

    Date: June 29, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    Those links are fun and I’m not naming anyone anytime soon. It was cool to see how many twins have the same two names! It was cool to look my own name up in the “Name Trends” too!

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