The Baby Name Game

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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  1. Tara
    July 21, 2016 / 9:11 am

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

    • Shanisty
      July 22, 2016 / 8:15 am

      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
    July 21, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Brandon James Ireland

    • Shanisty
      July 22, 2016 / 8:16 am

      You don’t hear Brandon much anymore!

  3. July 21, 2016 / 3:03 pm

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

    • Shanisty
      July 22, 2016 / 8:14 am

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

      • July 22, 2016 / 3:51 pm

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

  4. Toni T
    July 21, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    James Bryant

    • Shanisty
      July 22, 2016 / 8:10 am

      I like. 🙂

  5. Kanetra
    July 29, 2016 / 7:22 am

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

    • Shanisty
      August 3, 2016 / 8:34 am

      We do like Jacob!!

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