What NOT to name your new baby

Thanks to myFM listeners who sent in their suggestions:

Melissa: My ex and I had the same first initial so that automatically axed the letter A.  I refuse to do legacy names because in my life time I have found that people have certain expectations of someone when named after a relative, I’m ok with one for a middle name if the relative has passed in memorandum but definitely not jr’s or the 3rd etc.  You have to make sure the initials don’t spell something, my ex’s family insists on calling my son “ERAB” but his initials are only ERB bc his middle name is hyphenated. It’s not my cup of tea so I avoided any names that appeared in the bible (in part bc my ex’s mother is one of those oh mightier than though bc she pretends she’s super religious). And my last thing was not a popular name. I grew up with a very popular name and I hated every second of it, I chose classic but not common names for my kids. If you want to know if a name is popular ask an younger years elementary teacher (or even better someone in daycare).

Hollie: When we were expecting our first. We wanted a name that wasn’t too common. We didn’t want our child to be a Micheal in a room of Michael’s when they started school. So with that in mind we went with Cheyenne Solstice for our daughter. And when we were expecting our second child. We selected our son’s name from our family tree. We went with Oskar Samuel.  My advice is go the way of the older not nearly used names or something out of the ordinary. Your child is unique, their name should be too.  Good luck with your delivery!!

Jenny: My teaching partner is pregnant and we asked our Kindergartners some boy name ideas, so my tip, you may not want to ask Kindergartners haha


Angie: Nothing that can be short formed. If you love what you name him and someone short forms it, it won’t be a good thing. 🙂

Diane: Name him something unique to him. Although it is nice to name babies after family members…try to keep it to middle names…let their first name be theirs first ! Just my advice…congrats…on the little one..I have two boys…Nicholas and Owen…boys will be trying…but well worth it…when they get older…check their pockets before you wash their clothes..I find anything from rocks…bugs…toads…crayons….good luck 😛

Betty: Something that he can spell when he learns how to print.

Malcena: As someone who was give the dubious honor of being named after my great grandmother I have some advice. It is difficult living with a name no one can pronounce, spell or remember please think twice about a really off beat name. It affects the person beyond what you might imagine and only as an adult did I realize that I seldom introduce myself to someone on a one to one basis yet getting up in front of 500 people or doing video or radio interviews doesn’t bother me at all. Choose wisely for it has ramifications beyond what you can imagine.

Jordan: Good Morning myFM, I think Jordan would be a charming name for Laura’s baby. Yes, I may be a little bias but it’s still a fabulous choice! Good luck Laura! Wishing you and baby Jordan all the best! Take Care, Jordan

Linda: Make sure its a name you can find on a souvenir in turnpike gift shops!

Sue: Make your own…take e letters from ur name and 3 from the fathers mix them up till u find something u like….

Debbie: Wait until he is born a name will come to you we had a name before hand and we ended up picking something totally different for him because he did not look like a Chad he was a Cory

Stephanie: Out of the names you like, what is the common nicknames that come with it? It helped us cut a lot of names out!!

Karen: I like bringing in a name from one side of the family for history then also pick what feels right sometimes it takes looking at the baby even for min. A name will fit…I also like Jackson, Michael

Laura: I always heard if you stand in a room and yelled the potential name as loud as possible for at least five minutes and you still liked it, use it!

Russ: There are probably some names that you’ve heard in your life that have just keep your interest boys names girls names so on and so forth I was ten when I heard my first daughter’s name I don’t know where I heard it but it is Autumn McKenzie I may have been watching a nature show about the McKenzie river pretty sure that’s what it was but it’s just one of those things that just clicked and now she is 5 + that was well over thirty years ago

Mary: My husband and I both made separate lists of names that we liked then compared them. That how we named our daughter. Her name was the only one we both had on the list.

Michaela: Go through all the names on the Daytime soaps and reality shows and CROSS THEM OFF YOUR LIST!


Demographer and social researcher Mark McCrindle talked about 2016 baby-name predictions and trends:

Trend No 1: The decade fade

A name is popular for about a decade, and then it starts to fade. A classic example is Jack.
It dominated most years in the first decade or so of the 21st century, but now it’s starting to fall down the list.
On the girls’ side, the key names of the first decade of the 2000s included Ella, Emily, Georgia and Chloe. Now we’re starting to see those names drop because of the decade fade.
2016 predictions: Charlotte and Emily are on their way down for the girls; Noah and Cooper for the boys.

Trend No 2: Short and sweet names
A few decades ago, three-syllable boys’ names such as Benjamin, Christopher and Nicolas were at the top of the list.
But if you look at the top names currently, there’s a shorter theme: Jack, Noah, Thomas, Lucas and James.
2016 predictions: Eve, Gia and Ivy for the girls; Ash, Ed and Max for the boys.

Trend No 3: ‘50s chic
Names like Judith, Marie, Frances and Diane were in the top list in the ‘50s, and enough time has passed that they’re coming back.
For boys, Joseph, Anthony and even Bernard are gaining some traction.
2016 predictions: Robyn and Heather for the girls; Stephen and Andrew for the boys.


Nameberry also has these Timeless Rules for Naming Your Baby:

  1. Start Thinking of Names Early — Make some tentative decisions, and live with them for a while. If you’re tired of a name after two months, imagine how you’ll feel after 20 years.
  2. Say the Name With Your Last Name Quickly Ten Times — Beware of run-together sounds.
  3. Try Out Names On Your Friends — Take cues from their reactions. If you say a name and they always reply, “What?” or “How is that spelled?,” don’t assume that they’re either stupid or hearing-impaired; your child will likely get the same reactions for the rest of her life.
  4. Don’t Be Pressured Into Using A Name You Don’t Like — So what if your mother keeps hinting about how happy it would make her if you named your child Harold after her favorite uncle?
    If you remember Uncle Harold with a red nose and cigar breath, ignore the hints.
  5. Fulfill Obligations with a Middle Name — The middle name can be the perfect way to dispose of Uncle Harold, honor your father-in-law, indulge a fancy, or oblige your spouse with a name you can’t live with as a first name.
  6. Anticipate the Inevitable – If you name your baby Susannah, don’t be surprised if people shorten it to Sue, Susie
    If you give your child a name with variant spellings and pronunciations — Alisa, Alyssa, Elissa, Elyssa, Ilyssa etc. — don’t be surprised if you find yourself “correcting” the spelling and pronunciation forevermore.
  7. Think Like A Bully — While children have become more tolerant of unique, ethnically distinctive, and gender ambiguous names, bullies still exist and you don’t want to give your child a name that will too easily make him a target of teasing.
  8. Rule Out All Names of Ex-Boyfriends and Ex-Girlfriends — Even if your husband’s ex-girlfriend’s name has always been your favorite in the world, don’t go with it and hope you’ll forget. You won’t, and neither will he.
  9.  Rule Out Names with Bad Associations — The kid who threw up at your seventh birthday party, your pimply lab partner — no matter how nice their names, you’ll never transcend the association.


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