10 Places To Find Baby Name Inspiration

My husband and I have been throwing around baby name choices for over a year. Since we made the decision to add another child to the mix, we have been brainstorming names to put on our working baby name list for when the time comes to make a decision.

Now that I am pregnant, the time is ticking and we are still not 100% sure of the name that we would like to give the little one. We won’t likely be finding out the gender early, but we still want to narrow the choices down to one full boy name and one full girl name. We’ve been set on the middle names for quite some time, but that ever-so-important first name is not really solidified yet.

We like unique and strong names and we want the sibling’s names to flow well and not be too close to sounding like each other. We like names that are not on any top list and ones that sound like an important person. While we’re pretty sure we’ve got a good start, we are still looking for inspiration so we can find that perfect name.

When it comes to baby names, there are a lot of ways you can get that inspiration for the perfect name. You don’t always have to rely on the baby name books, there are 9 other places you can find inspiration if you just take a look.

  • 10 Places To Find Baby Name Inspiration 1 of 11

    Trying to find that perfect baby name can be difficult, but there are many places you can pull inspiration from!

  • From Maps 2 of 11

    The world gives us a lot of ideas for unique and pretty names. You can use a country, city, or even a street name.

    World-inspired baby names: Paris, Egypt, and Brooklyn

  • From Movie Credits 3 of 11

    The end of a movie credit has hundreds of names scrolling by. Next time, pay attention and you may just see a name that catches your eye!

    Movie-credit baby names: James, Zac, or Anton (all names from the cast and crew of The Great Gatsby)

  • From Mythology 4 of 11

    If you're looking for a unique, but pretty name, mythology holds a lot of them. I choose one of these names for my son who was born too early at only 13 weeks gestation, we named him Triton.

    Mythology-inspired baby names: Brigid, Daphne, Indira

  • From Your Email 5 of 11

    If you get a lot of emails daily, there are names right there at your disposal. I get a lot of emails from many people and if I take a look at all the names, there are a lot to choose from.

    Email-inspired baby names: Charlie, Jaymelina, or Alyssa (all names from my inbox right now)

  • From Baby Name Books 6 of 11

    Right -- so obvious, but sometimes I think it's so obvious that people forget they exist. There are books that aren't only made up from the most popular names and you can pull some great names from there.

    Baby-book inspired baby names: Baxter, Fisher, or Maxwell (Names taken from The One-In-A-Million Baby Name Book, available on Amazon, $18)

  • From Soap Operas 7 of 11

    Not only are soap operas good for wild and creative story lines, they offer wonderful inspiration for baby names. There are names that are common, unique ones and one for every personality.

    Soap opera-inspired baby names: Hope, Abigail, or Victor (all names from the characters on Days of Our Lives)

  • From the Family Tree 8 of 11

    What better inspiration could there be than looking back at your own family? You may find names that have stood in the family for a long time bringing timeless tradition to your baby's name.

    Family tree-inspired baby names: Charlotte, Delores, or Brian (All names from my own family tree)

  • Nature 9 of 11

    The world bring so many fun words and names that can easily be translated to our own kids. Looking at nature from the flowers to the trees to the food we eat, there are a lot of names to choose from.

    Nature-inspired baby names: Apple, Fern or Moss

  • From Shakespeare Characters 10 of 11

    How timeless are the words and works of William Shakespeare? He has some amazing names with their own history that you can choose from and give new life.

    Shakespeare-inspired baby names: Juliette, Bianca, or Cinna

  • From Favorite Novels 11 of 11

    There are so many amazing novels and stories and names that go along with them. If you've got a favorite book or series, look to your favorite characters for some great name inspiration.

    Novel-inspired baby names: Katniss, Aria or Hermoine

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