When we went to the hospital for the birth of our first son, we had a list of five names we were seriously considering. We used none of them. After Future President was born, my husband said, what about P? I liked it. We went with it. There was no hand wringing but I did make my husband look up the meaning before writing it down on hospital paperwork.
And now that we’re having another boy, I’m revisiting the contenders from last time and I’ve added a few new ones as well. My husband’s policy: King, President or appears in the Bible. Doesn’t he realize some biblical names are absolutely ridiculous and hard to pronounce? Of course he does. There’s always a caveat. After going through life with a mispronounced name, I decided I want my kids to have names that are easy to pronounce and spell. But I don’t want a name so common it appears in the top 10 (or even 20 or 30) baby names of the past five years.
But what if your friends named their baby the name you like most? Seriously. Is this taboo? Does it matter how frequently you see these friends? Or does it not matter at all? Your friends don’t have dibs on the best names, do they?
Do you have a favorite boy name (that you don’t plan to use on your own kid!)? Tell me! Taking suggestions that aren’t ABCD or include an apostrophe.