So you’re pregnant, and it’s dawned on you that you get to name a baby. Or maybe your feeling is more like you have to name a baby. Either way, the baby must have a name, and it’s up to you and your partner to supply it. Once it gets out that you are with child, there will instantly be questions about what the name might be. Aunt Apple will be sure you’d just love to name your baby girl after her– wouldn’t you? How do you politely avoid naming your child after someone you know?
This can be a delicate situation, with people being insistent and you becoming frustrated. Most of the time, people people will back off once you’ve politely declined their name offer, or simply agreed to "think about it." (At least that's what you hope.) But for those situations when someone won't take no for an answer, you may need a strategy — a way of kindly explaining why you just don’t think Hubert, Moxie Crime-Fighter, or Champagne is the right name for your little one. Even if the name is beautiful, it still might not be right for your babe. After all, it used to be popular to name babies after presidents, and that’s come to a halt. Naming trends change, and you can explain simply that you have your own idea about what direction to go in. We’re here to help supply some ideas– let us know if we’ve missed any!