While we certainly won’t be naming our child “awesome”… we do, like many parents, want to pick an awesome name.
We need a name that will last the ages, and be appropriate at 2, 20, and 200 (he’ll live that long now you know?). We want it to fit if our son is a race car driver, or a supreme court justice… a cupcake maker, or wall street guru… a folk band leader, or president of the united states. Likewise, we want a name that means something, possibly has a story to it, and isn’t just something that we came up with.
So, like many people, I took to the internet… and wow is there a lot out there… ehow even has a how-to: http://www.ehow.com/how_2159339_name-your-baby.html. While it’s all good advice, we haven’t gotten any closer to a name. That’s why we’re looking for help. Go here to find out how you might be the one to name the FreyBaby: http://freybaby.com/name-the-freybaby.
One of the most useful tools I’ve found when thinking through if a name will work in certain situations is the Baby Name Test Drive from Baby Name Genie. You put in your proposed first and last name (I wish it did middle as well), and it gives you a list of common sentences and situations where the name will be said:
- Sparticus, could you please set the table?
- I am not joking around Sparticus, this is really important to me!
- Sparticus–Sparticus! Are you listening to me!?!
- Hello, Wellington Inc. this is Sparticus.
- Sparticus Frey, come on down! You’re the next contestant!
(and 20 or so more phrases)
Try it out here: http://www.babynamegenie.com/baby-name-test-drive.php
If you need some help with the meanings, or just some inspiration, check out this list of baby naming sites that we are finding to be helpful:
- Social Security has statistics: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames
- Good popularity site: http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com
- Nymbler takes your likes and suggests new ones: http://www.nymbler.com
- A really detailed search: http://www.babynamewizard.com/namipedia/advanced-name-finder
- Biblical names: http://www.babynameworld.com/biblical.asp
- Etymology and history: http://www.behindthename.com
Any suggestions? We’re serious about this crowd-source baby naming thing… go here: http://freybaby.com/name-the-freybaby. To give you something to go by, some family names are Daniel (we really like this as potential a middle name), David, Wesley, and some others. But as I said, we’re open to suggestions.