Saturday, November 12, 2005

Baby Names

It's time to start thinking about baby names. Here are a couple useful links:

The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager is very cool:
The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager is an interactive portrait of America's name choices. Start with a "sea" of nearly 5000 names. Type a letter, and you'll zoom in to focus on how that initial has been used over the past century. Then type a few more letters, or a name. Each stripe is a timeline of one name, its width reflecting the name's changing popularity. If a name intrigues you, click on its stripe for a closer look.
Another useful site is Behind the Name, which gives "the Etymology and history of first names".

Then there are the standards:'s Baby Name Finder lets you search for names with "starts with" "ends with" and "number of sylables" fields.


Just a note: we don't tell anyone what name we've picked until after the baby is born. In fact, we are lucky if we've decided on a name by the time the baby is born. So don't ask us.


Sharon said...

Congrats on the baby! :)
Just curious- why do you wait to tell people the baby's name? (if you've laready chosen it?)
I know a few couples that do this, and I don't quite see it. (other than an association runing that name for them)

The Mommy Blawger said...

Let's say you picked out a name that you just love, and you tell somebody, and they hate it. You might start re-thinking your choice. Or in some families, relatives might lobby for certain names. Once the baby is born and the name is on the birth certificate or the announcements have been printed, it's a done deal. People might not like it, but there's nothing they can do about it. :) Plus, we reserve the right to change our mind at the last minute.