Do you go for something traditional or entirely unique? Do you research name meanings? Or do you wait until meeting your little one before making a decision?
Dad of two, Richard, had a baby boy name picked out well in advance. “After only a few months of dating my future wife at the tender age of 21 we entered the often dangerous conversation of ‘if we had children what would we call them?’” he remembers. “The first name we both suggested for a boy was Ethan. Fifteen years later we had a baby boy; no other name was considered – we still loved the name Ethan.”
But sometimes your baby's arrival can turn your naming plans upside-down. “I always had Florence, my late grandmother’s name, in mind for my baby girl,” says Louise. “However, when my daughter was born she just didn't look like a Florence and the name didn't feel right.”
“My husband looked at her and said: 'What about Grace?' It wasn't a name we had ever discussed before, but it suited her. It was almost like she was born with this name.”
Some parents think very carefully about baby name meanings, like Ellie, now a mum of two. “Our son had an amazing start in life. After years of fertility treatment, he was the only one of our IVF embryos to survive beyond five days. We chose the name Felix as it means ‘lucky’.”
When considering baby girl names for his daughter, dad of two Garen combined family tradition with literary inspiration. “Researching my late mum's family history, I noticed that all the women for the past five generations had different names beginning with ‘M’. We carried on the tradition, naming our daughter Miranda after a character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.”
Choosing baby names your own way
Of all the joys of becoming a parent, choosing baby names can be the most exciting – although coming to a decision is often easier said than done. Whatever approach you go for, remember that when making such a personal decision, there's no right or wrong way – only your way.
“Apparently I got my unusual name from my parents rearranging Scrabble™ letter tiles of their own names until they came up with a boy name they liked.”