Baby names I love, but didn’t use

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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.

Girl Names I love, But Didn’t Use

Beatriz – brings joy.
Barbara – traveler from a foreign land.
Isabella – devoted to God.
Bianca – white one.
Genevieve – white wave.
Marjorie – pearl.
Kali – the black one. In Hindu Goddess of death and destruction.
Sophie – wisdom.

Boys Names I love, But Didn’t Use

Ian – gift from God.
Wyatt – wood or wide.
Ash – happy.
Powell – son of Howell.
Neal – champion.
Kennedy – helmeted one/chief.
Collin – young pup or victory to the people. This was the name we originally thought we would call our son.
Quinn – wisdom, intelligent. This was the second choice we had at the hospital.
At the end, Roark won. It just sounded stronger than Quinn and flowed better with our last name. It means mighty or famous ruler and has deep roots in the Irish heritage. It is unusual and unique, at least in the US; attributes that we also wanted in a name. Today the name fits our son so well. He is rumbustious, strong, bright, persistent and stubborn. Those are things in his personality that fit the name perfectly. The fact that he was born early, under weight, had trouble breathing and has become this solid kid just amazes me. He is mighty in every way in my eyes. But I am biased, so who knows?
Anyway, I wanted to share the baby names I love, but didn’t use with you, in case you are trying to figure out your child’s name and also if you were curious why we named our son Roark.
If you want to know a little more about why we didn’t go with the names mentioned above, watch the video here,
What are some names you like for babies and why? Leave me a comment below.


  1. Ro
    August 10, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    Interessante, e eu concordo com voce quando voce diz que o nome deve ser forte . E , coincidencia ou não, escolhi o seu por ser forte, ser uma rainha dos mares e talvez seja por isso que voce adora o mar !

    Interesting, and I agree with you when you say the name should be strong. And, coincidentally, I chose yours for being strong, being a queen of the seas and maybe that’s why you love the ocean!

    Lov u ,


    • Jana
      August 14, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      That’s why I love my name! Love u!

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