30+ Stories That Prove Choosing a Child’s Name Can Be a Real Adventure

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30+ Stories That Prove Choosing a Child’s Name Can Be a Real Adventure

The announcement that you’re expecting a child is most often the biggest event in your life, as there will be many changes, not to mention all the decisions that need to be made. Of course, the first big decision is the name, which can lead you into quite the adventure. Everyone will have an opinion, and as the parent, you will want to ensure that the name is right for the little soul you are bringing into the world. Take a look at these stories of how people choose their children’s names! Who knows, maybe you will get some inspiration!

Musical Inspiration

Music can be the inspiration for a lot of different things in people’s lives. In fact, you may find that music is one of the best ways to form memories. This could easily create a new place for you to find the perfect name for your baby.

Musical Inspiration

This person chose a beautiful name from one of their favorite musicians. It’s beautiful because now, every time the parents hear that song, they will think of their little one.

A Year Later

Losing a loved one is hard enough, but when it is your mom, it is even more devastating. So many of us search for ways to keep her memory alive, and what better a way to do that than to name a child after her.

A Year Later

We completely understand why this woman thought it was a sign, given the date of the baby’s birth. It’s a beautiful name and an amazing way to honor her mother’s memory!

Favorite Anime

Inspiration for names can come from many places. Some people choose family as their go-to inspiration, and others look to add in a few of their favorite things. This person chose to go with a few different options.

Favorite Anime

For us, if you’re looking for a unique name, you have to do a little work. The name is solid and could be used for the boy’s future secret identity as a superhero.

Combining Characters

When you have spent hours reading books to pass the time, you find yourself attached to the characters of those books. You may even find yourself identifying with these characters in some way.

Combining Characters

This woman did that and ended up giving her daughter quite a unique name. We are sure that this daughter chose to go by Sofia instead of Alba! Though Alba would mean she would never be confused with someone else.

Change of Plans

Many women grow up with names they plan to use when they finally have children. For this girl, it seems she was enamored with the Beatles and was set on one particular name.

Change of Plans

But, the universe had different plans. We are not sure why she changed her mind as her first choice could have easily been used for both a boy and a girl. Anyway, we are sure that the name she chose was beautiful.

Nickname

When a loved one passes, some memories become more clear, and suddenly you remember all the little details. For this woman, these memories were the catalyst for her name choice when it came to her next baby girl.

Nickname

We think that using this little nickname slip of her father was a beautiful way to remember him. However, it might be challenging for the kid when they get into school! Kids can be pretty mean!

Word Play

There are many families that have traditions when it comes to naming their kids. One of the most common is naming the children with the same name. But, this woman wanted to do something different so her kid would be different.

Word Play

We think she did a nice job balancing the tradition with her own thoughts. Still, we’re not sure how Breton is equivalent to Juan — it doesn’t sound or look like the name at all!

Boy Bands

There’s a reason why teenage years are considered to be formative. As teenagers, we adopt trends and adore celebrities that we stick with us throughout our lives. This woman did that with the Backstreet Boys.

Boy Bands

We applaud this woman’s dedication to the name Brian. The only question we had was what she would have done if the baby had been a girl.

Keeping it Simple

We have all known families that try to use the same first initial to create a feeling of cohesiveness. Of course, for most, the first family that comes to mind is the Kardashians. This woman had the same desire.

Keeping it Simple

She chose a good consonant, though, because there are tons of great names that start with “s.” All of her children’s names are beautiful and relatively normal, which will keep them from being bullied in school.

Schooled

If you were born and given a traditional name sometimes, you look for unique names for your kids. This may mean that names you hear or read from other cultures stick with you.

Schooled

The only thing we thought about when it came to these names is that they will be mispronounced quite a lot! This could lead to a lot of awkward moments in the future.

Comic Book Nerd

If you’re a comic book nerd, you probably have a few names on your list that come from these. But, with so many people enjoying comic books, finding a random name from them can be challenging. That means you have to go a little deeper into the comic books lore.

Comic Book Nerd

This woman chose to go with a common name in the real world. We are pretty impressed with how deep this woman went to find a name that honored her love for Superman.

Making Deals

There can be a lot of tension between two parents when choosing a name for their children. Each will have their own ideas and people they want to honor. So coming up with a final name can be challenging.

Making Deals

We think that this couple had a great compromise when it came to this. However, the plan didn’t go quite the way the mother thought it would.

Family Affair

Appeasing everyone is not usually on a parent’s mind when looking at baby names. Most of the time, parents will only consider them and their partner’s wishes. But this soon-to-be mom thought it would be nice to include the couple’s parents in the decision.

Family Affair

She must have had a lot of fate, or simply hoped for the best. It was bravery in front of the unknown. Looks like she made the right decision because the boy actually came out with a pretty cool name.

Watching My Story

There are times where we hear a name that just leaves a mark on us. It can be because it is associated with someone or something that we love or simply because it is unique. This woman chose a name that combines all three of these.

Watching My Story

Soap operas actually have a lot of great names that are really unique, so we can understand why she chose a name from one.

Musical Memories

Spending time with your significant other creates lots of memorable moments. These moments are usually filled with joy and stay with you forever.

Musical Memories

This woman had that and kept it with her until they finally had a baby. What a beautiful way to remember their love! Now every time they hear the song or yell at their child, they can remember that beautiful moment in the car.

Magical Name

There are more than a few things in this world that the magical tale of Harry Potter has inspired. From theme park attractions to walking tours, and, surprisingly, many people find names for their children within the pages of this profound classic.

Magical Name

But if you want to be different, you really have to dig deep to find names that not everybody else will use. This person clearly is a big fan and that’s all we have to say!

Two of a Kind

When you’re born in one culture, sometimes you get stuck in the same rut, and that pertains to naming choices. So when you’re exposed to other cultures’ names or traditions, you can easily be intoxicated by them.

Two of a Kind

Because of this, this woman gave her daughter a beautiful name with a beautiful meaning. It just goes to prove that maybe when you’re looking at baby names, you should do a little Googling and find unique names with meanings.

Always Complimentary

It’s inevitable that at some point in your life, someone is not going to like you, and they’re going to want to scream your name over and over again. This goes for your parents as well because as you grow, there will definitely be some friction between you and them.

Always Complimentary

We think that this woman’s thought process about making her daughter’s name a compliment in order to cushion the blow when being yelled at is kind of ingenious.

Just for You

There are so many stories about immigration, especially from families coming to the United States. Because it is such a melting pot, listening to these stories from your in-laws can actually be a source of inspiration when it comes to naming your children.

Just for You

It is such a beautiful sentiment that this woman named her son following her father-in-law’s story. We are sure he really appreciated that, and on top of that, the name is just cool.

Share a Home

Though there are many stories of baby-naming that have some deeper meaning, there are just as many that absolutely have superficial inspirations. Sometimes it’s as simple as having dream crushes you know you will never get to meet.

Share A Home

When looking at this story, the only thing that comes to mind is how her significant other felt about the naming. After all, these two gentlemen are quite handsome, and now his child will be a reminder that his wife has eyes for other guys.

A Beautiful Name

For the most part, when you’re looking for baby names, and you’re hearing the stories of how they came about, there is a deep, beautiful meaning behind them. Occasionally the story behind a baby name has a wholly different inspiration.

A Beautiful Name

This woman seems to have wanted to reclaim the beautiful name, Iris, and give it to someone that was worthy of it. She may not have liked her coworker, but the name was definitely something she thought was worth keeping.

Surprise!

Life has a funny way of throwing the curveball at you. You never know what to expect and no one knows what awaits them just after the next turn. One of the biggest surprises can be finding out that you’re pregnant.

Surprise!

This woman decided to make the best of her current situation. She chose names that have special meanings. Not only does this mean he’s going to have an absolutely unique name but one that really has a ring to it.

Special Day

There are many kids out there that share a special day with religious figures or were even born on the same day as the saints they were named after. This impacts their lives when it comes to gift-giving and birthdays, but occasionally it might affect who they are as people.

Special Day

It seems to us that everybody who was delivering the child had a hand in naming her. This is kind of a cool story, and the name that she ended up with is less likely to get her picked on than the one her mom originally wanted.

Rockin’ Out

There are many events in your child’s life that will take a lot of preparation and cost quite a bit. That is why many parents enter contests, and because of a contest, this couple decided they needed to give their third child something a very special name.

Rockin’ Out

There could be a lot of reasons why they chose this name, but the fact that it has to do with their favorite band is just amazing. We hope that they share this music with the little girl and that she loves it just as much as they do.

Strange and Unique

We have a problem understanding why anybody would want all their kids to have names that start with the same letter. Though it sounds cute, when you name them all, it could be very annoying for the kids.

Strange and Unique

Why would this mom choose to do it anyway? At least you don’t have to tell everybody what that K actually stands for, so this girl was spared the humiliation.

Fast Lane

There is no denying that many people have an almost cult-like devotion to NASCAR. We don’t really get what’s so exciting about cars that go around in circles for hours, but it is appealing to a lot of people.

Fast Lane

This girl, unfortunately, has to deal with the fact that her name derives from this mad devotion. Though it is kind of unique and definitely could be shortened to just Carly if she really wanted to.

Sister’s Revenge

When there’s more than one child, sometimes there is friction even before the child is born. So a lot of parents try to alleviate that tension by including the children in the pregnancy. It just so happens these parents chose to do it by letting the sister name the baby.

Sister’s Revenge

This could have gone wrong, in our opinion. But we’re sure if it had taken a horrible turn that mom and dad would have stepped in and overruled her decision.

Aunt’s Veto

Who said the parents are the only ones who get to decide about their future baby’s name? Sometimes, the relatives can have a stake in it as well. This is the case here.

Aunt’s Veto

Although the parents wanted to name their baby Luna, a beautiful name that means “moon” in Latin, the aunt wouldn’t hear of it. Ultimately, aunty got to decide on this matter.

Band Named

In the 70s, there were a lot of southern rock bands that popped up and gained popularity. One of the biggest may be Molly Hatchet. But we’re not sure that the name would be suitable for a baby.

Band Named

But then again, we aren’t the parents of this child, and Molly is a decent girl’s name. We are sure, though, that this girl just wished her name had come from a different source.

It’s a Secret

The truth is when you’re on the hunt for a baby name, your eyes are always scanning everything you see for inspiration. Though it might seem like a strange place to find it, apparently, the Victoria’s Secret catalogs can be the place to look for.

It’s a Secret

It may not be the most classy move to be named after a collection from Victoria’s Secret, but then again, it’s not that bad either.

It’s Not My Fault

Sometimes, when you leave your baby’s naming up to the father, you’re going to get some pretty interesting options. For instance, in the animated classic “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”

It’s Not My Fault

It might be awkward to tell this story to the young girl, especially since we all know why her dad really liked Jessica Rabbit. But it’s definitely a good story to share when she brings her fiancé* to meet the family.

What’s This?

Many parents struggle up to the very moment they hold the child with choosing a name. Maybe this is because they don’t have a lot of names in their book, or perhaps it’s just because they have too many and can’t narrow it down.

What’s This?

Apparently, the universe was trying to help these parents out by putting a sticker with a beautiful female name at their disposal.

Did You See That?

Any type of inspiration can strike at the strangest and inopportune times. Sometimes inspiration will strike when simply passing by something on the street. It’s kind of a good thing that it did because it left this woman with just the right name.

Did You See That?

We’re sure that this kid loves their name but maybe isn’t so keen on the fact that they were named after a plumbing company. Even still, at least it’s an interesting story.

Mythical Heroes and Candy Bars

When you immigrate to a new country, sometimes you leave a lot of things that you love behind you. From family members to food, these memories stay with you throughout your entire life. Maybe some of them might somehow ended up as your baby’s name.

Mythical Heroes and Candy Bars

This kid had a cool story about their name: to be named after your dad’s favorite chocolate brand. We see the appeal.

Baywatch

There are a lot of television shows that have iconic characters and stories that find their way into our memories. For people who were growing up in the 90s, that was “Baywatch.”

Baywatch

It’s clear who the parents of these children really liked in the show, since they named their daughter Casey. It’s really easy to see that at least one of the parents was enamored with Pamela Anderson’s character.

Religious Inspiration

Some parents take a more conservative approach when it comes to naming their children. For those that are religious, having a child that’s born on a religious holiday may be a sign that it’s time to name them accordingly.

Religious Inspiration

This kid has a great name but when read together, it definitely shows what type of household he grew up in. We think it might be the reason why he chose the complete opposite when it came to religious beliefs.

Weird But Cool

There’s no denying that Stephen King’s novels make excellent movies. You have probably seen your fair share if you were a horror movie fan during the 80s, 90s, and even during the early 2000s. The other good thing is that there are tons of great names that appear in these movies.

Weird But Cool

However, we think it’s a little odd that these parents chose the name they did especially considering the story it came from.

No Connection

There are some families that try to keep their names as close to their roots as possible. They do it to keep their heritage alive and present in their family. These parents went in a completely different direction, however.

No Connection

We just have one question, why? True, it’s a unique name, and she and her husband were on television quite a lot in the 80s but even so, why?

Good Screaming Name

It’s very rare to find a parent that is looking for a practical reason when choosing a baby’s name. No matter where the source of that name came from, the fact that this parent was looking for a name that sounded good when they were screaming shows a foresight that many parents don’t have.

Good Screaming Name

We think maybe this father-to-be was reflecting on his youth and thought he really wished his name had sounded better when his dad screamed at him. We guess this is as good a reason as any to choose a name.

What Did You Say?

Sometimes there are happy accidents. A misunderstanding can lead to a really cool baby name, or at least that’s what this story proves to us. After all, Kelly does sound a lot like Callie.

What Did You Say?

Maybe that’s how the famous character on the hit TV show “ER” got her name too. We wonder how often this girl was asked whether she was named after this character.

Streetwise

We are sure every one of us has stories about places we lived and happy memories in each place. Maybe there was a house that had a particular effect on your life, and for that reason, you remember this street name your entire life.

Streetwise

No matter how happy the memory is, we’re not sure using these street names as your baby name is a solid option.

Has a Ring To It

The oddest things can strike us as cool when we are on the hunt for a name. Drawing inspiration for baby names from movies is a good option. however, choosing it because of the way it sounded seems a little odd to us.

Has a Ring To It

We especially think it’s odd because of a serial killer saying the name. To each their own, we guess.

Shhhhh!

Sometimes even after a child is born, the family can’t decide on the name for several days. Occasionally they choose to do this so that they hope that the child will give them some indication of what they should be named.

Shhhhh!

We’re not sure if that’s what happened here, but clearly, the child decided to help them a little bit. It’s a pretty cool name, but also, they could have worked harder to find a name that didn’t carry certain connotations with it.

America’s Team

Some parents out there want to pay homage to something they deeply love. We’re not talking about a family member. The name doesn’t even come from their favorite book or television series. No, we’re talking about a football team.

America’s Team

We understand that a football team is an important thing in many people’s lives. However, it is may not be the right choice when it comes to a baby’s name. Although we have to say that Dallas is a pretty cool first name.

That Is Going To Leave a Mark

When you’re out for an evening, and it’s getting closer to the due date, many parents start to look everywhere for a sign of what they should name their child. It just so happened that this person found it at a monster truck show.

That Is Going To Leave a Mark

The only question we have is why they chose Melanie when we’re sure that there were tons of other people at that show with work jackets on. Why just pick Melanie? What was so special about her — we wonder.