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Brainstorming Names for Your Baby

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 24-10-2007

Sure, you can wade through 60,000 names and look for the one that catches your fancy. Another approach is to sit down with a glass of wine (grape juice for mom-to-be) and make the following questions into a game. Brainstorm using some or all of these questions and see what kind of ideas they spark. Remember, there is no rule that says a baby can only have one name. If you work together, you might find a few that you both like and respond to at the same time.

  • Who are your favorite artists?
  • What is your favorite movie? Who are the stars?
  • What is your favorite novel? Who are the main characters?
  • Name every family member as far back or distant as you can remember?
  • What part of American history do you like?
  • What countries are your ancestors from?
  • What languages do you speak?
  • What is your favorite city? What is your favorite state?
  • Where did you go on your first date?
  • Where were you married?
  • Where did you honeymoon?
  • Favorite teachers?
  • Favorite flowers, gems, trees?

About the Baby

  • Where was he or she conceived?
  • Where will the baby be born? City? Address?
  • What do you want baby’s name to say about you?
  • What do you think your baby will look like?
  • What kind of personality will she or he likely have?
  • What color hair or eyes do you imagine?
  • What is the name of your OB/GYN?