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What should we call me?

July 30, 2013

Our second baby — a boy! — is due in mid-December. There are many potential anxieties associated with adding a member to your family, but the most pressing for me at the moment is what to call the little guy.

For some reason I have trouble with boy names. Maybe because many names sound good for a man, but I can’t imagine it as a moniker for a teeny little baby.  Or maybe because many boy names come with an automatic nickname, no matter how much you like the full given name (Mike from Michael or Andy from Andrew). Or maybe just because I have to actually decide on a boy’s name — girl names are easier because I can talk about them only in theory at this point.

There’s one thing for sure about boy and girl names: naming has become quite the source of parental anxiety these days. There are dozens of websites devoted to the topic so you can research and obsess for hours upon mind-numbing hours. Some (insane) couples have even taken to holding a focus group to help determine their baby’s name. One of my favorite bloggers asked for advice from readers on her popular blog.

In the end, after all of the obsessing, the baby really becomes his name, and you can’t imagine it any other way. I recently looked at the list of names we had before J was born. It’s funny to think of calling him anything but the name we actually chose.

Here are some fun baby name time-wasters:

  • Baby Name Voyager on shows you how popular each name is graphically through time. (Wonder if George will spike next year?)
  • has a lot of fun tools, including lists like Classic Baby Names and Cool Baby Names. (As parents, we’re probably more in the Classic than Cool camp, but maybe we should give our next child a leg up in the coolness factor by picking a cool name.)
  • The baby names section of the Social Security website lets you search official stats over time, and even lets you search by state so you can figure out what’s popular right where you are.
  • will suggest baby names based on ones you already like, and let you save a list of your favorites.

And finally, the ultimate time-waster not associated with baby names, but the inspiration for the title of this blog post.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2013 8:55 pm

    So excited for this little guy!

  2. July 31, 2013 2:53 pm

    Me too — once we figure out what to call him! Perhaps I can get some suggestions this weekend…

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