Baby Names: What Names Do you Love + How Do You Decide on a Name That Will Suit Your Child?

Baby Names: What Names Do you Love + How Do You Decide on a Name That Will Suit Your Child? #babynames #uniquebabynames #creativebabynames

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

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Love that his name came to you while traveling, Kate. One of the names we really like is inspired by our travels too…though ours is a location based name. It’s so cool that two years later it still felt like a good fit for your little guy…that’s how you know you have a good one!


I love the consideration here. We picked our son’s name on a whim while traveling in Italy. We decided over drinks outside the Duomo that if we had a son, we would name him Lincoln after president Lincoln. Two years later, when we met him, it still felt right.


Thanks so much for sharing your perspective, Lucy. We’ve definitely thought about that and will continue to think about that until he’s born. That is the tricky balance that every parent has to deal with it when it comes to their child’s name, right? Something that will be fitting for his/ her whole life from baby to adult.


My Birth name of Vashti (means beautiful) although pretty and in England extremely rare when I was growing up. I only heard of two others when I was in my 40’s it was incredibly hard to live with until I was an adult. Comments were usually `weird, where does it come from?’ `Where were you born with a name like that?’ `What do you get called for short?’ `How do you spell it?’ `Can I call you something else, I can’t say that.’ I know more unusual names are acceptable now but just a thought. Also you’re not keen on more traditional names, but what about as a second name? That way if your son reaches a stage where he doesn’t like his name he might have something to fall back on. Without feeling that he’s completely abandoned your name choices.
I knew a family who had Reuben Gerald (the second a male family name), Caleb Brian (Father’s first name) this at times in their lives gave both boys options on having names that fitted with the people they were with.
I kept my birth name of Vashti Avryl, and my Maiden name but combined them with Lucy Caitlyn names I feel are me.
Whatever you name your baby boy enjoy each other.

Lucy Wynne

Thanks Pink Pineapple. I like the simplicity of Ray as well. Though it may be too plain for my taste…I can’t decide.


Wowww great post, i love Ray like a name

The Pink Pineapple

Love that Jessica! Deciding on a name that both you and your partner like is definitely one of the more challenging aspects of the name game, right? That’s so sweet that you went with family names. We had briefly considered that as well, but there aren’t really any boy names in our families that felt ‘right’ for either one of us. So we’re still over here at the drawing board….with less than 3 weeks before baby arrives. Haha. 🙂


My husband and I talked about baby names waaaaaaay before we had kids. We both had weird names picked out that the other didn’t like so we settled on family names. Our baby girl is named for his grandmother and mine. What makes it even better is that the first time I met his grandma she asked when we were having kids.


Yep, I hear you and that’s what we’ve been thinking about too Michelle. I don’t personally think any of the names I listed are too, too out there (although maybe Yves is a bit much). But its all relative, I guess… We just aren’t the types that are going to go with a traditional name like John, Tom, David, etc. Not that there’s anything wrong with that either. 🙂 It’s just not something that we would personally choose.


When I see those baby names I always think about that your child will have to live with it for the rest of his life, so…maybe nothing too funky? But, that’s just my opinion!


I knew someone growing up named Nico, Natalie! And he was a pretty cool kid. 🙂 What name did you end up going with for your son?


We almost went with Nico for our son (he’s almost 2 now) but eventually my husband vetoed it. I still love it!


Hi Kelsey. Yes! I have been on NameBerry before, but the only thing with the name sites is that I feel like if they’re on there, they may be too common for what we are going for. Although some of the names on those lists are pretty out there. Haha. That said, I haven’t looked extensively…didn’t realize they had nature names and meanings of names, etc. So maybe I should give it another look. 🙂


I looooove the name River. It would be at the top of our list too but we live on River Road and it seems to on point haha!
Have you ever explored NameBerry? That have great lists like “Nature Names,” “Antique Baby Names,” and “Meanings of Names.” It’s one of my favorite time wasters!


I love that name too Paige. And it would be especially cool for a girl. So if you have another daughter, that would be perfect!


I love the name River! If we have another daughter that’s totally the name I want!


Paige Cassandra Flamm

Thanks for the link Laura! I’m going to head over to that article right now. I’m always interested to read these kinds of things…though I feel like I take it all with a grain of salt. In the end, everyone makes the decision that they feel is best for them – unusual name or not. Ha! Anyway, thanks again for the link.


I love that you posted about this before deciding! There is some interesting scientific information about names that I found fascinating. Unusual names or spellings can have a big impact on a child even at the subconscious level. This article covers some pretty interesting findings:
Wishing you a happy pregnancy and joyous delivery!


I ALWAYS think about you when I talk about baby names stuff Kel. I know it’s your favorite subject. 🙂 It’s so good to hear that you were able to eliminate certain names as soon as he was born because they just didn’t feel right. I hope that happens for us too because right now, I’m kinda clueless.


I LOVE this name list, even if it’s not your top contenders! Rhodes! Aelfie! Kline! Sooooo good. Also love what you said about picking a name that’s unique but not so unique that he’ll feel “limited.” We did exactly what you’re doing and went in with a short list! After seeing Arlo, we almost immediately eliminated our other top contending name. Just didn’t feel like him! SO excited for you, B!!

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