Naming a child ain’t easy. There are so many ridiculous things to take into consideration. To name a few:

  • Does the name rhyme with fart, fat, whale, skunk, pig, or anything else the kids will pick up on the playground.
  • Are you okay with the nickname? Growing up Shanisty, I was called Shan a lot. Rhymes with Man. I hated it. Still not a huge fan, but it’s too late now. My playground days are long gone.
  • Who do you know with the name? Do you like them?
  • Who does your spouse know with the name? Do they like them?
  • If it’s a family name, will people be pissed you stole it?
  • Speaking of family, when you have large families like ours…do you have a brother, sister, cousin, great-aunt with the name?
  • Does it fit well with your last name? Staying away from Irish names here.
  • Does it fit well with the middle name?
  • Does your family approve of the name? This is why we keep our names (mostly) secret. We don’t need anyone’s opinions. No time for dat.
  • Is the name gender neutral? Are you okay with that?

If you’re not finding out the gender (us) you’ll need a boy name and a girl name.  That’s where you come in! We have a girl name, it’s set. But boy names are difficult. Our oldest son is Luke, so we like strong traditional names.

I’m opening this up to you all! If you choose the name we love…(if we have a boy)…I will send you a gift card in the mail. No joke. #desperate

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Shanisty

Shanisty

Shanisty Ireland is a former award-winning Television News Anchor with more than 15 years of experience on-air. Today, Shanisty freelances on national and local media outlets featuring some of her favorite recipes and hot topics from her blog. Shanisty has been featured on The Today Show, Ellen, U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and hundreds of local TV News and Radio stations.

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11 Comments

  1. Tara

    Gideon, Beckett, Jackson, there aren’t many Aaron’s, and Owen is pretty classic.

     
    1. Shanisty

      Owen is Luke’s choice. haha. I really liked Aaron, but we don’t want anything that’s gender neutral. Even if the spelling is different. 🙂

       
  2. Gilda Walters

    Brandon James Ireland

     
    1. Shanisty

      You don’t hear Brandon much anymore!

       
  3. Barbara Fisher

    Naming our babies is hard. How about Miles, Garrett, Cole, or Cooper?

     
    1. Shanisty

      I LOVE Cole. My husband wasn’t a fan because of the meaning.

       
      1. Barbara Fisher

        I like it too. People’s victory was the meaning that I saw. But husband has to like it too.

         
  4. Toni T

    James Bryant

     
    1. Shanisty

      I like. 🙂

       
  5. Kanetra

    For baby #3, how about the names Mason, Gabriel (Gabe), Jacob, Liam or Carter?

     
    1. Shanisty

      We do like Jacob!!

       

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