Mr T and I realize that, sooner or later, we will have to call our daughter something other than “Wallaby.” But we’re having a terrible time actually choosing a name.
(Wallabies are cute!! Image source)
It’s just so much pressure. What about all those studies that seem to equate name with life outcome? Why, according to this website, your baby’s name “is the single most important influence on your child’s personality and destiny.” How can we tackle that alone — perhaps we should just throw in the towel and hire a baby name consultant??
Here’s What We’re Sure Of:
Mr T has one main criterion for naming a girl: The name must sound terrible when used to introduce a stripper. If she decides to go that route, she’ll just have to come up with a stage name.
I have a few others: (1) Nothing that will draw comments from every third person she meets. So, nothing too creative, and no names of famous people. (Though Auntie Dubbs swears “Vera Wang” is OK!)
(2) Nothing that will require constant correction of spelling or pronunciation.
(3) No “prank call” names: When your last name is “Wang,” you just can’t use names like “Anita” or “Ivana.” Even my beloved grandmother’s name, “Frieda,” sounds wrong. (Shortie knowswhat I’m talking about….)
But then there are so many grey areas. Would you use….
- The name of a friend’s child? Or even just someone in social proximity? (There’s only one other baby in our building, and she has a name we considered at one point. But wouldn’t it be weird to use it?)
- The name of a friend or acquaintance? Assuming you’re not “naming the child after” the person….
- The name of a friend’s DOG? We hang out at a dog park all the time, what about the names of dogs we see regularly at the park?
- A name that calls to mind a particular famous person? (“Keira” is a lovely name, but aren’t you basically naming your child after Keira Knightley?)
- A popular name? We’d like to avoid anything in the Top 10 (no one wants to be the 3rd “Jennifer” in class), but what about, say, 11-25? And different states have different Top 10s, so do you follow the local or the national trend?
- What about a name that’s especially popular in your culture or cultural subgroup? (I thought we were doing well, but had a few shocks from 10 Ways to Avoid Hipster Baby Names….)
Bonus Question: Did you pick a “someday baby name” in your youth? If so, do you think you’ll use it?
Interested in baby names? I recommend these sites:
NameVoyager (oddly mesmerizing graphs of a name’s popularity over decades)
Nameberry (name descriptions can be a bit flippant, but the lists are fun)
The Renamer (choose a name based on personality traits)
And P.S. …. Feel free to suggest any fantastic girl names for little Wallaby!!