As Jeff and I have been thinking about names for our baby boy, we’ve gone through a pretty big list that I’ve been keeping for years. Admittedly, when I first started it I wasn’t even sure we’d ever even have kids. Remember my maybe baby post?! So a lot of the names became reserved for future pets, which was fun actually, since we’re both such huge animal lovers. But now, we have a fairly solid list of possible names for our kid. We just can’t decide! And it’s been a point of conversation in our house ever since we found out we were having a boy.
Which leads me to today’s discussion…Do you like the name your parents gave you when you were born? If you could change it to anything else in this world, would you? And if so, what would you choose? And (probably most relevant to Jeff and I’s current scenario0…How do you pick a name that will (hopefully) suit a tiny human being who you just met, for their entire life? Click through to weigh in and share your picks for baby boy names.
Before we found out the sex of the baby, we already had two girl names that we really, really loved. But boy names didn’t come as easy, which was strange because I wanted a boy from the get-go. We just couldn’t think of any that felt like the perfect match.
BUT Jeff and I are also pretty dead-set on not picking out a name until we actually meet him, spend some time with him. See what he looks like, how he acts, etc. Then, we’ll pick a name from the list we’ve come up with so far…or maybe even come up with something on the spot. Who knows!
Side note…I’ve always been fascinated by parents who have the name of their baby picked out months before he (or she) is born. The ones that just know ahead of time and are so sure of the name that they get it embroidered on things ahead of time, etc. When it comes to anything outside of personal style / design, etc, I’ve always kind of been a second-guesser in life (not my favorite quality to be honest). So, I think my fascination comes from being so sure you’ve picked the ‘right’ name without ever having met that person before.
But anyway, that’s a whole other tangent. So let me get back on track.
For us, the requirements for names are pretty simple. We want something unique / creative / cool sounding, but not so insanely unique or particular that he would feel like his only options in life are to grab a paint brush or pick up a guitar (although that would be great). Just in case he takes more of an interest in sports…or video games…or whatever. We want to pick a name that gives him room to kind ‘make his own’, but not something so simple that it doesn’t have any uniqueness at all (if that even makes sense).
Here are a handful of names that we’ve tossed around over the last few months.
River or Rivers
Kline (after artist Franz Kline)
Rooney or Roonie (nickname could be Roo)
Blue (I love color names and this one has some significance to us)
Cy (after artist Cy Twombly)
Yves (after artist Yves Klein)
Ollie (prob too popular for us to go with, but I really like names that end in ‘ie’)
Otto (I like some old timey names like this)
Our top couple of names aren’t on this list BUT this is an idea for where we are headed. And honestly, we could end up going with any of these as well once we meet him. Or something entirely different. I’d LOVE for you to share any name suggestions you might have for us.
They don’t have to be on this list! In fact, I think some new ideas would be awesome, since I’m so lost right now. Haha. What names do you love for boys?
*Photo above is from the Misha & Puff Fall 2018 collection