If you go to http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/
you can check out the popularity of names now and at other particular years.
My oldest daughter is Kaitlynn Cassandra
(yeah, a lot of letters in her name - and to make matters worse we have 10 letters in our last name! But she was named after DH's grandmother, Kate (Catherine) and given the initials of a dear friend of my husband's (Casey/KC). Kaitlynn wasnt a popular name at the time, but now - 17 years later - we see them all over.
Our second daughter was named Halie Jane
. I absolutely LOVE this name. Jane was my grandmother's middle name.
Thirdly came Kennidy Lee
. No rhyme or reason to her name, but I love the name Kennidy. Her middle name was going to be Korrine
, but hubby talked me into Lee at the last possible drug-induced minute
In hindsight, I wish I would've at least spelled Lee in the more feminine Leigh version instead, as Kennedy tends to be mistaken for a boys name already.
At last we get a boy! It was much harder coming up with their names, but we decided on Joshua Michael
. We choose Joshua, because we were going through CCD classes at the time, and after 5 years, we found out we were pregnant again and with a boy, we thought he truly was a gift from God. Michael is my hubby's middle name. Joshua also has the same initials as hubby, our alternative to a junior.
Lastly came Nathan Sean
. It took us a super long time to decide on a name for him. But one day I was on a website that said Nathan was a derivitive of Jonathan
. My husband's name is simply Jon, but I still thought this was a nice junior alternative. Originally he was to be a Nathan Jon, but a friend of ours passed away 2 months before he was born and we honored him with Sean instead.
Even though we're now done
I still have a list of names I like and try to superimpose in my kid's heads for later use HannaSebastian
(doesnt go well with our last name)EmilyRiley
Good luck in your decision. Dont forget to pay attention to what the initials may spell, and to consider any nicknames that may evolve from the chosen name... And CONGRATULATIONS to the upcoming event!!!! Store up on the sleep now and cherish every minute and milestone!!! They grow too fast.