We had a lot of trouble picking names for our first bub. We just didn't have a whole list of names we loved, and spent a lot of time looking for inspiration.But when the name did hit us we were very happy. However, the naming process had been somewhat arduous and the debate had lasted well through the pregnancy, and we were lucky we had a girl because we had only settled on one girls name.
So this time we decided we weren't going to have the same debates as last time, and we asked our mother's group mums for inspiration. This was great, they suggested names we hadn't even considered, and even gave us names we could use in combination. And now we have compiled a short list of boys and girls names that we can use when our bub arrives, and we're completely at ease with the naming process. We aren't interested in what other people think of our names, we just needed inspiration, and we got that from our friends. And we really like the names that we have now.
I would never use a name that myself or my husband aren't sure about, no matter what other people think. And I wouldn't give my child a name based on its popularity. i also wouldn't not call my child something I liked because it had been criticised, unless there was a valid reason, such as it rhymes with our last name or gives my child bad initials. And if that's the case, I would want someone to point that out to me. I wouldn't want my kids to be bullied because of their name, there are plenty of other things kids will pick on without getting extra ammunition.
sara, ACT, Lucy 19/1/07, 2nd bub due 1/11/09