Picking the Perfect Baby Name… With a Little Help From Social Media

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When I was pregnant for V, I poured through baby name books. I wanted the perfect name for my perfect baby girl, and it once I spoke her name out loud, I knew it was perfect. I only told a few people, and didn’t ask any opinions … I loved the name that I picked and I didn’t want any other suggestions or ideas.

When E was on the way, I had a much harder time picking his name. He has a very common last name, complicated by the fact that Jay has a HUGE family full of males. I had a horrible picking out a name that I loved, but that wasn’t already repeated in his family a few times.

I asked everyone that I talked to for boy name suggestions. Some were really great, others not so much (my mom was actually banned from suggesting names because some of hers were so awful!) If I had blogged back then, I would asked even more people for name ideas!

*If* I ever have another baby, I will make my life much easier by combining my baby naming book with the power of social media. Belly Ballot (found at babynames.net) lets you pick your favorite names and ask friends, family, acquaintances and random strangers what they think of the combination!

There are so many different categories and ways to find names that you will have so much fun clicking through the pages and making lists of your favorites. I also love that you can click on the name for more information – including proper pronunciation and different spelling variations.

I really love that they offer popular names based on time frame – the popular names from the 1920s is on of my favorite collections. I love classic names, and this list gives a great selection of them.

One thing that stands out to me about this site is that in addition to offering traditional names, popular names, and heritage specific names, they also offer some really fun themed names!! I love the cowpoke names – they are so fun and really bring out the down south in me (I have always wanted to live in the deep south). The nature names are awesome… there are some really neat names for boys and girls – like Aspen and Colt.

While I have no immediate plans for expanding out family, it is nice to know that I will have such a large database of names if that does happen! Plus, I share so much of my life on social media already, that asking for advice for baby names on Facebook and Twitter would add to the fun (and it would be a really neat way to announce the big news to everyone!).

How did you pick your baby names? Did you have a hard time or were they names that you always wanted?

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    I find it that girls names are much more easier to pick than boys names! I have 4 boys and only 1 girl. I already had her name picked out since forever and I did have a few names picked out for a boy but I never expected to have 4 of them. When I had my youngest we had the hardest time trying to find a name we all liked. It doesn’t seem like there’s as many boys names as there are of girls.
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