I love creating names in my head. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember.
Naming things has always been a big deal to me. Pets, dolls, cars.
I can remember walking across the Williamsburg Bridge while living in Brooklyn, coming up with endless name combinations in my head. Sometimes, when I can’t sleep, I create names in my head.
In elementary school I was certain I would name my daughter Tammy or Ashley. In junior high my love affair with the name Alexis began and lasted well into high school. College was all about Alexa and Lexi. The rest of my twenties I was pretty certain I’d name my daughter Luca or Zoe.
Then I actually got pregnant and learned I was having a girl. For the first months of my pregnancy I was certain my daughter would be called Bleu. Yep. As in Bleu Cheese.
Luckily my husband convinced me that Bleu was not the way to go. But I didn’t like his suggestions either. Cecelia? Nope. Penny? Nada. Lilianna? Hmmm… No. He vetoed my offering of Delilah. We both liked Ava but a niece on his side is already named Ava and we thought that might be weird. We both liked Madeline but weren’t sold on it and then the name Violet sauntered onto our radar and it was a done deal. I’m not sure who thought of it first. He says he did and I don’t really remember coming up with it so I’ll let him take credit.
Last night, for reasons unknown, (no I am not pregnant!) I was perusing Nameberry and got caught up in naming a non-existent person. I love Nameberry. It has so many excellent sections. I mean, what other website would have a section called Old Lady Names? Those are all my favorite, by the way. Love me some old lady names. I also love the hipster names list although I would call you a dirty liar if you told anyone else that.
My current top favorite names, both of which Serge doesn’t like, are Annabelle and Clementine. He likes Evelyn. Which, while it’s an old lady name, is just a little too old lady for me. I’m not sure what my hang up is with the name Evelyn, though. Because it’s got all the sounds I like in names. I like vowels and L’s and V’s. I mean, hell, Violet Avelaine Bielanko. I love the L’s and V’s. So why don’t I like the name Evelyn? I dunno.
So tell me – what names do you love or inexplicably hate? What were your favorite names growing up? Did you name your kids those names or has your taste in baby names radically changed over the years?