Best baby names of 2010
Charlotte, Noah, Ethan and Lily are just some of the popular names that made the Huggies list of the most popular baby names for 2010. It certainly made for interesting reading and I was amazed to see that two of my three my offspring had popular names! While popularity wasn’t the reason we chose the names I do wonder and it got me thinking about criteria for choosing baby names.
The name choices we had for our children weren’t based on if they were popular or not. We based it around two things really, the meaning of the name and their middle names having a connection with other family members. I was always very proud of the fact that my name meant “princess,” as that was clearly the closest I was ever going to get to royalty! One of my brother’s however tried to hide the meaning of his name if it ever came up in conversation. When pressed he would say it meant “The Rock. “ In actual fact, it meant “Small One.”
I also had a bit of a thing about not playing round with the traditional spelling of the name as well. Firstly, our surname is complicated enough and I know my kids have a lifetime of having to spell it aloud to everyone, and secondly because having been a teacher for years I have seen so many variations on popular names that it doesn’t appeal to me at all. I know this makes me a bit old fashioned. But I’m ok with that.
In contrast, a relative of mine has been given the feminized version of her dad’s name while her sister was given an inversion of their mother’s name. By that, I mean her name is Henrietta and her dad is called Henry and her sister is Bella-Ann, with her mum’s name being Annabella.
So what are your criteria for choosing names? Are you preparing a shortlist? Do you use lists like this one? Do you base it on popularity? Or have you had your names picked out for years?