Picking a name for a baby is the hardest part to the whole life creating process for me. Pregnancy and labor have an end to them. A good end. But picking a name, it is so freaking stressful. I will have to say this name numerous times a day for the rest of my life. I better pick right. No pressure.

The thing is, I don't want to use a baby name book for inspiration. Thus I am left looking and listening to every name out there I see. I was never the person who knew from when I was a teenager what I would name my kids. I am starting to envy those people. They are obviously decisive people and don't have trouble making these life altering decisions.

Ian and I have differing views on naming babies. He is more traditional. I am more out there. As you can see, last time he won. My crazy name didn't make the cut when Connor was born (we decided on a name after he was born). I personally believe I am more out there about names because of my name. I recall there being 3 other Jessica's in my class one year at school. And most places I have worked had other Jessica's at it. That is one thing I loved about Scotland. My name wasn't as common. Anyway, back to the story...

At church on Sunday, this verse was used during the sermon:

A good name is more desirable than great riches. Proverbs 22:1

No pressure Jessica! You just need to pick the perfect name. Ugh.

Oh and one more thing, Ian and I aren't the best at sitting around talking about names. Thus we make up our minds under pressure. So in approximately 10 weeks, I am sure we will come up with something. Until then, Ian probably won't think about it and I will be stressing about finding the perfect moniker for my little bundle of joy but having no direction whatsoever as to what that name should be.


  1. I was JUST talking to Charlotte about names. I'm with you in the unique name camp. In MY humble opinion, a unique name makes it easier to remember the person, makes the name feel more like their own, spices up life, etc. I'm pretty darn biased. I'd rather meet someone with a unique name I DIDN'T like than a normal name I felt ambivalent about. I consider my name semi-unique because of the spelling (RachAel).
    Anyways, this whole comment probably doesn't help you at all. If you don't like looking through baby books, where do you look for names? Or do you just want to fortuitously stumble upon it?

  2. Rachael - Every time I see or hear a name I like, I write it down. Then I look up the meaning (though it doesn't necessarily have to mean something cool, just don't want it to mean something stupid!) and check out the popularity on the social security website. Ian ends up nixing most of the names I like though, so we'll see what we end up with.

  3. I always wished I had a common name. I was always jealous of the Stephanies or Katies. Not fair! I remember thinking, I'm only going to spell my name for you ONE more time! I just stopped correcting people on how to say my name after 10 times! I think people tend to go the opposite of what their name is? Obviously naming my girls Grace and Emily was very outlandish! Haha!


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