Everyone has a name that introduces them to the world. Elisabeth is mine and while I sometimes wish there were fewer of us, it is a fine name to call oneself. You may be currently on the hunt for the perfect name to call your little bun in the oven. You may be looking for character names for a story or a pet. Or, if you’re like me, you just love names, and are happy to explore their variety at any opportunity. Today, I turn my own obsession into a baby name blog. I hope you enjoy it, or at least find it food for thought.
The process of naming our children was rather involved and a bit grueling. We had a hard time coming to consensus, and our tastes couldn’t be more divergent. I relished the process of pouring over baby name books, websites, and online forums. Researching the history of all the names we were interested in, their forbearers, when and where they were popular, how they sang with the surname, pairing middles– it was so all encompassing that I’m still coming off that rush. Now I have two baby girls whose names seem to suit them. I learned so much through this process, and it’s time to share that knowledge and help new parents choose the perfect moniker for their little one.
This site is meant to help you find the right name for you, your child, and your family. My comments are meant to in no way be the emperical last word, and I hope they will only serve to give you enough information to make the right choice for you.
Elisabeth can be found elsewhere online at Nameberry, where she is a frequent guest poster.
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You Can’t Call It “It”! is the middle child of Elisabeth Wilborn, a Mother, Artist, Writer, and Baby Name Consultant. Elisabeth has a B.F.A. from Cornell University where she studied Fine Arts and Comparative Literature. She counts travel, cooking, reading, and all things stylish among her interests. Mostly though, she just thinks about what to name your baby. Elisabeth resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
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If you would like help from YCCII readers naming your little one, please email me at youcantcallitit AT gmail DOT com. A public consultation is free and has the added benefit of drawing from the minds of a wide range of astute, interested, caring community of namers. I am also happy to offer personalized name consultant services, should you have the need.
We want celebrate your little ones! Please send birthday announcements one to two weeks in advance and accompanied by up to three pictures. You are welcome to share anything about them and their name, be that how it was chosen, how it suits them now, what nicknames they go by, anything.
If there are any burning name questions you’d like to see addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to incorporate your question into a post. Any unusual names you’ve heard in real life, crazy spellings, first name/last name combos that just should not be, tell us about them! Help gently name the next generation just a little bit better than we did the last. Let’s get the word out.
Post from “Fundamentals“, May 20, 2008:
First of all, naming a baby is HARD work. You may be one of those people who has known what you were going to name your first born since you were twelve, but now there’s just one small glitch: you’re not the only one who gets a say. Even if you are lucky enough to have a spouse who concedes to your favorite, you must honestly ask yourself if it goes well with your surname, and if it feels like family to all of you. If you conclude you’ve found the name right away, I congratulate you. If, after months of searching, you and your spouse still cannot come together on anything, don’t despair! The baby name journey is one I’d hate to see anyone be deprived of. So, if you have a baby to name, lace up your hiking boots, load up on water, and let’s get crackalacking.
- Given name and Surname must complement one another, or at the very least, not clash. Hereupon we must strike any names that rhyme or might sound aggregiously similar to any phrase (Jade Greene, Eileen Wright) when strung together
- Initials shouldn’t spell anything unpleasant, or be an acronym for something tease-worthy (who wants B.O.? V.D.?). Secondly, does alliteration (repetition of same first letter) sound good to you, or hopelessly silly?
- Style is one of the most important things to consider. Do you like classics like Elizabeth and William, surnames as first names like Hadley and Sawyer, or invented sounding names like Mckyla and Jaxton?
- How Popular would you like a name to be? Do you want your child to blend in and be one of many, be the only one anyone has ever met, or somewhere in between?
- Do you have anyone you’d like to Honor? A relative, a friend, or even a Nationality?
- Is Meaning important to you? Finding a name related to something you treasure is a symbol your child will hold dear their entire life.
- Compromise is, unfortunately, last but of the utmost importance. You are two parents, who will raise this child together, and coming together on their name is a great testament to who you are as a family.