Q&A: I'm having baby name confusion during pregnancy. Is that normal?
While making dinner, I'll become besotted with the name Basil. Picking up my camera has me considering the name Canon. Yesterday, I was vacuuming and thought, "Dyson!" When I think about baby names, I feel excited, distracted, confused, and wildly hopeful and optimistic. Just call me Eureka!
You’re not just bewitched, bothered, and bewildered—you’re PREGNANT. Before you get swept off your feet and name your child Swiffer or Roomba, you might want to consider a few sensible tips.
Feeling delirious about a glamorous foreign name or brand name? You’re not alone. Ava and Isabella—once thought to be strange and exotic—are wildly popular for baby girls now. Swept away by cinema? After the 1961 debut of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, thousands of girls were adorned with the name Tiffany. Another way to say “sparkling”? Try the Japanese name, Kilala, which can also mean “beloved.”
Your dreamy state is perfectly natural. As your body grows and develops with the pregnancy, your mind and imagination are also broadening, expanding, stretching, and taking flight. Think of your daydreams, fantasies, and reveries as positive ways to experiment and depart from your usual patterns and norms.
A high-concept or adventurous name might not be suitable for everyday purposes. It’s okay to get carried away, but don’t forget to come home and land back on Earth when you finish cleaning up or emerge from your latest bout of star gazing! After all, you want your child to feel inspired, not branded, by his or her name.
Use whimsy sparingly for a startling, not shocking, effect. Rev up the middle name, pair a vintage name with a word name, or throw a surname into the mix. Nicole Richie and Benji Madden named their son, Sparrow James Midnight Madden. For moms who love the Steve Madden shoes, the surname Madden could very well walk away as a first name. For sports fans and dads, Madden belongs to a football icon and videogame.