It's a funny thing, naming a baby.

The attachment you give to people you've had run-ins with, the naughty kid you went to primary school with, the brat kid from around the road; tarnished names you just can't go near.

They say school teachers have the hardest time naming their children.

Then there's family names. It seems unfair to choose a name from one family when our kids have four grandparents.


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They already get their father's and grandfather's last name.

My husband looks for names based on movie characters, rock stars and the wrestlers he likes.

Believe it or not, the ones he suggests are (mostly) nice sort of normal names, not the really out there ones. But still - he's trying to slip that past me so I have to be on to it.

We find girls' names reasonably easy. There are plenty.

Boys' names seem generally harder (although I have met a few people who found the opposite to be the case).

My reasoning behind this is that there are lots of variations on girls' names that still make for pretty normal monikers. But with boys things seem to stay quite traditional.

Going through school, I always had at least one other Rebecca in my class. Sometimes two. It irritated me. At my university hall of residence there were six of us. Six.


It has been my goal to not give our kids names like that. Rebecca topped the popular names lists for years in the 1970s and 1980s.

But I also don't want my kids' names to be so unusual we use something like "Apple" but I want them to be a little less popular.


With our first born, we each shared five boys' and five girls' names. We combined lists and had some crossovers. It was easy. No arguments.

With our second, it was a battle. We eventually got there as my husband forced the decision on to me in the delivery suite, insistent that our boy go no more than a couple of hours without being named.

Because, of course, that's exactly what I cared about in that moment.


This time, I'm having a c-section (my first) and extra complications could arise. There aren't any boys' names we both like so there could well be a baby names showdown in theatre or the recovery suite.

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And then, there are extra stresses. What if I'm so drugged up I agree to something awful and my kid ends up being called Slayer or Metallica or The Rock or something?

No - he wouldn't do that do me… I hope.