15 playful ways to picking baby names

Recently my Facebook feed has included many baby announcements as September and October tend to be popular birth months. Have you seen this too?

It got me wondering how people chose their babies names and whether the first baby would influence the choice of the second (and third).

Think the Kardashians: Kim, Kourtney and Khloe or Jamie Oliver’s kids Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo and Blossom Rainbow where their first names are themed around flowers.

I have friends who have taken a little while longer to pick a name, which is fine as Australians are allowed 60 days to register the birth. I’ve also heard anecdotes of some parents creating page long lists of names and waiting until the birth to select one that “fits” baby.

So why does picking a baby name cause some angst amongst new parents? Is it because we worry that the name may not suit the baby or that the name that we think is perfect may be primed for bullies?

To that; I quote Shakespeare and say,

‘What’s in a name? that which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;”

Romeo and Juliet Act II Scene II

Let’s embrace the fun of picking baby names. Here’s 15 playful ways you can pick a baby name.

1. You love the way the name sounds

15 playful ways to picking baby names

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2. You love the meaning behind the name

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3. You are inspired by a person in your life


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4. You are following the tradition of naming after your parents or grandparents

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5. You are inspired by your hero or muse


Audrey Hepburn: film, fashion icon and humanitarian

6. You had a crush on this person when you were younger

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7. You think the name is lucky

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8. You want a beautiful name as well as cute nicknames

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Ella, Bella, Gabby are nickname possibilities

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9. You make up a name so that your child’s name will be fairly unique


as in Poppy Honey (Jamie Oliver’s daughter)

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10. You are inspired by a movie

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as in Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind

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11. You are inspired by a book

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as in Grace in the “Little House” series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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12. You are inspired by a celebrity


beyond others? Indeed.

13. You want a unisex name because you want the gender to be a surprise

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14. You want a trendy name

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15. You want a classic and timeless name

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For my husband and I we loved the process of deciding on a name and it came naturally and quickly for us. I wonder if that was why the birth was quick as well.

Our baby name sounded lovely, it was a classic name that sounded cute as a nickname as well. It had been a long time favourite since I was young. My husband wanted another name but I won out because we had agreed I could name if baby was a boy and my husband could name if baby had been a girl. But we both won out in the end because we couldn’t have been any luckier with our little boy. Of course all parents think that way 🙂

How did you pick your baby’s name?


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