There is a popular tag video going on around Youtube these days called Baby Names I Love, But Didn’t Use. Recently one of my subscribers requested that I do this video, so I did. Click here to watch it.
When I was pregnant with my son, I had a genetic testing (NIPT) done early at 10 weeks that is basically a DNA test that can flag any potential genetic issues and also tell you the gender of the baby. It is a blood test in which the lab separates the mother’s DNA from the babies. It’s highly accurate (98% I think) and just amazing if you think about it. Normally pregnant women only find out the gender of their babies at 20 weeks and if the baby cooperates. With the test we knew early on that our baby was a boy, therefore the girl names were short lived, but I included them below just in case you need some inspiration for your little one.
Before I write the list of the names, let me just begin by telling you that we had many requirements when it came to naming our boy. First, we wanted a strong, unique name. A name that invoked feelings of integrity and grit. Secondly, the name had to sound good with my husband’s last name and be of Irish ancestry, since the hubby is of Irish descent. Third, it had to have a strong meaning, because we believe that names and personalities go hand in hand a lot of times. Does a person become his/her name or does his/her name become the person? I don’t know, but I believe in the power of meanings. Writers can tell you that a character’s name is one of the hardest things to get right and something they spend an awful lot of time deciding on, so why should it be any different for our kids, right? Fourth, the name had to be short so no nicknames were needed.
We didn’t start by trying to match all those requirements, it got refined as we went. Quite a few of the names below, we just jotted down because they sounded good and then, when we researched their origin and meaning, they got crossed off the list.
So to summarize, we wanted an Irish name, that was short, strong and had a good meaning. Piece of cake right?
Not really! As I found out during pregnancy, you can think you have the perfect name for a long time and until you start using it with your child, you really don’t know how you will feel about it. In our case, we had a name picked out for a few years before we got pregnant that both of us liked and had settled on. We announced our pregnancy and told my family the name. The baby was now called this name and for some reason, it just didn’t sound right to me. I couldn’t relate to it. So I changed my mind and it wasn’t until the 8th month of pregnancy that we were able to narrow it down to 2 names. We took these names with us to the hospital and really it wasn’t until a day after our son was born that we finally settled on his name. Had we not needed it for the birth certificate, I think I would have waited a couple months before choosing it, but that just wouldn’t work, would it?
In the end, we made the right choice. Our son embodies everything his name is. Keep reading to find out more.