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Our Favourite Baby Names

17 September 2016


So as you may or may not know, the baby names list for 2016 came out this year and everyone in the parenting blogger world seems to have had their say on it. So here is mine. My sons are Noah and Patrick, both quite strong and traditional names I feel? We found out the gender with both boys so we never really got to think about girls names, although I've definitely had some ideas and luckily nobody I know has ever used some of our favourites. I'll quickly say where the names Noah and Patrick came from for us. Noah was easy, I'd loved it ever since watching the Notebook when I was around 14, it just seemed such a strong name and it couldn't be shortened to something I hate, which was common with so many other names we loved. I'd been set on it from day 1, but it took John a little bit of time to come around, alas I won and here he is now nearly 3. Patrick was a bit trickier, it was a name I'd never considered for Noah, but now I'd worked in Childcare for over 3 years, it was nearing impossible to think of a name I could associate with a child. That was key to me, have quite an ordinary name but wanting it to be strong and uncommon. We first thought of Paddy and Patrick followed suit, he's always known as P and I love that too.

So now onto the other names we loved & why our boys weren't named these;
Percy - Such a cute and adorable name, old fashioned but I could imagine a baby called Percy. However pretty much every other single person hated it and my Dad said I'd be just feeding him to bullies naming him such a name. Alas, I couldn't wage a name war against everyone, so Percy was out.
Ralph - Another classic, strong, bold name. But all I could think about was the little sap from the Simpsons. Enough said.
William - This was our first favourite, and actually Patrick was a William in my head for a good 8 weeks. Until one of my friends text me at 11pm one night and said NO Emily, he'd be 'Will Young'. And that was it, it put me straight off. Regrettably I now really love the name again, and almost wish I'd called Patrick Wilfred, as Wilf is adorable. But nevermind, we'll save that for the next (haha)
Ned: Last but not least, a name that would have gone so well with Noah, but god damn you Simpsons and Ned flanders.

Girls names were a lot easier, there were so many traditional names we loved, Lily, Sophia, Alice, but we always knew someone called it and we'd want our little one to be a bit more unique. So these were some  of my favourites for little ladys:
Martha: Coincidentally ended up being the name of my midwife who delivered P, but I'm pretty confident this would have been our little girls name, had we had one. It's elegant but sweet.
Nancy: It does slightly remind me of the character from Oliver! But, it went so well with Noah, It would and still is one of my favourite girl names.
Penelope: Another sweet and cutesy girls name, apart from the Kardashian, I don't know any other, but we got our own little P in Patrick.
Betsy: One I really didn't think of till after I'd had both of my boys, but the more and more I hear it the more I love it. It's classic again, but could definitely be made modern and a name that I think will come back around.

What is your favourite boys or girls names and did they feature on the most popular list?

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18 comments:

  1. Beautiful choices of names! #MarvMondays

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  2. Aw I've had to think about another girl's name this time around. I really like Betsy xx #marvmondays

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    1. Eeek how exciting for you. Betsy is very sweet indeed xxx

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  3. I love this list of names - all very unique and different, without being too out there! We went for quite a common name, even though I always said I wanted something unique, but it just suited him! We didn't find out what we were having, so had a list of both boys and girls names, but it still took us 3 days to name Alfie as we couldnt' decide! #MarvMondays

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    1. That's what we wanted, different but not so different he'd find it impossible to be taken seriously when he's older. That's the thing, when a name suits, it suits! I LOVE the name Alfie, such a sweet name xxx

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  4. Ah I love hearing about people's name choices. I'm not really a fan of traditional names myself, but I also have a Noah! Like you, I fell in love with it after The Notebook and always said I'd name a son that if I had one...my partner hated it and vetoed it with our first child, but when we had a second boy I won him around! :) #MarvMondays

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    1. My other half isn't either so we clashed on so many. Noah is definitely the best name right? Hahaha, men!! xxx

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  5. We really struggle with names, baby girl took us such along time to name, i have a few weeks of loving one, then change my mind. I found it hard enough naming a fish, a human is just too big a commitment #MarvMondays

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    1. Hahah, which name did you decide upon? It's definitely a hard commitment to make, this is there name for life! xxx

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  6. Love your choices. We didn't find out the gender, so had a nice list of names for both. We settled on Parker. People often ask me if I had another baby and it was a girl, if I'd call it Penelope *eye roll* I love the name though! #MarvMondays

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  7. Lovely choice of names. I haven't looked at baby names to be honest and tend to get my inspiration from the books I've read, my daughter is Evangeline Amaranth. :) #marvmondays

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  8. These are all such beautiful names! Martha is especially cute :) I have a James and an Emilie. We're currently expecting another boy in a few weeks and we have the name all picked out. Another strong traditional name :) #MarvMondays

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  9. My two are called Bluebell and Maxi(milian) - unsurprisingly neither feature on the popular names lists!! #marvmondays

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  10. My two are called Bluebell and Maxi(milian) - unsurprisingly neither feature on the popular names lists!! #marvmondays

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  11. I love this little list of names. Noah was my favourite for ages, and if Ella was a boy she would have most definitely been called Noah - its lovely. I love lots of the other names on your list too - William, Ralph and Wilf which I'd never thought of before and love. Wish I'd come across it before as it could have been on the short-list for our little guy. I love some of the girls names too that you've mentioned, like Lilly, Alice and Sophia which is actually Ella's middle name (love it). It sounds like we probably have quite similar taste, classic, simple and elgant. I hate names being shortened so both of ours have names that cant be, ha! I think its definitely harder picking names if you are in childcare as you usually know a child with that name which just taints the whole thing doesnt it! Anyway, enough of my rambling, thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays :-) Emily

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  12. Great names :) I love the name William, Martha and Nancy.
    #MarvMondays

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  13. I love hearing about baby names lists! I have two girls and found out each time so opposite to you - never really thought about boys' names much. Quite useful really as I find it hard to pick boys' names I like, and easier for girls! My two both have quite classic names, and I still like my choices - they are both elegant. My eldest has a name which is quite popular these days, which bothers me a bit, but it is still a lovely name. Youngest has a pretty rare name. Not anything weird, just not used a lot. Would hear it more in France and Germany. Strangely, it has the same letters in a different order as a name that has become hugely popular, so people tend to automatically rearrange the letters in their head and call her something else! A name that I really liked but which got vetoed by their dad was Emmy. & Luka is probably my favourite boys' name. Luka or Dylan. #MarvMondays

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