A response to an innocent question by @pippaD - Baby Names

When we decided to have a child it was a huge decision, I was already 33 and my hubby is 20 years my senior, so you can imagine all the things we considered and worried about and of course the biggest decision was

What shall we call the baby!

We have an Italian surname and so Hubby wanted to give our child an Italian name. I am a huge fan of ‘real’ names, no Apples, Chardonnays, or Nevaehs here,, I also have a bit of a thing about giving someone a name that is a shortened form of a real name, so no Jacks, Jennies, Charlies, Sams, etc etc

I think that a name should be for an adult too, you are not naming a baby or a toddler, you are naming a person. So while Princess is cute at 3 it’s going to be embarrassing at 39 (IMO). And of course there was the Dr test and the stripper test.

You try the name in the following sentences

“Paging Dr ………….. to A&E immediately”

“ and now introducing, with her/his own snake, all the way from Vegas …………”

So for me no Candies, no Cherries, no Juniors, no Tarzans.

Finally we knew what we didn’t want. We also wanted a middle name to honour a grandparent, we decided on my parent’s name for a boy and his for a girl. (Both would be ‘Italianised’)

But a first name? Boys names we disagreed on, I wanted Luciano, he wanted Alberto..”like the shampoo?!” I asked incredulously, he had never heard of it and rejected my complaints. Luciano would be shortened to Lucky” he said “like the gangster, I won’t give a son of mine a gangster name” “ah” says I “because there was never a gangster called Al?” Stalemate… luckily we didn’t have a boy.

Soon into the pregnancy we knew we were having a girl and searched for names. We liked Isabella but it was so popular I feared she would be one of several in her class – did I mention I also dislike popular! Ha!

The suddenly one day hubby read an article in the Sunday times supplement…and there was the name right there, as soon as he said it we fell in love with it and that is why we chose it, as soon as we saw it we loved it and it suits her to a tee, it is beautiful but can be shortened to something quirky and cute and tomboyish yet the full name is glamorous and unusual (in the UK at least) sadly I can’t tell you what we chose. DD likes to be anonymous online. (bet you feel cheated now!)


  1. What a great story! This is exactly what I was asking about you chose a name that would be suitable for a child and an adult and I think that is what is important!

  2. I am going through the same thing with my hubby nowin picking names for our daughter due at the end of June.
    We both like 'proper' names, but the names he'scoming up with all remind me of old ladies,and the name that I have totally fallen in love with he is gradually falling out of love with the more he hears other people mention it in conversation - it cant be popular you see.
    Arrrgh! Its a nightmare.
    Any name suggestions???? Send me messages on twitter @smiffysmrs you could just save a marriage!

  3. Oh my, just like your stripper & Dr tests, we employ the Nobel Peace Price test - the name has to sound right when announced thusly - 'And this year's Nobel Peace Price winner is -'

    We don't like anything too popular either.

    We also like to give names that have a long and a short version, so they can have a cute short kiddy like name, but something more grown up when older, should they want that.

    We also used to have a 'no names with the same inital as another sibling' test, but have broken that rule already. I also seem to have a victorian literature theme to the girls names!

    1. I like your name choices a lot!

      oh and I fear poor 'Blue Ivy' will not pass the stripper name test

  4. Sadly when you have a "memorable" surname, one that produces titters and guffaws and and reluctance for cold callers to address you by name you have to add one futher proviso - how ridiculous is this going to sound? On the other hand when your surname is as ridiculous as ours we could have called our children Enema, Venflon and Phlebotomist and nobody would have batted an eyelid.

    Fortunately as we had three girls we didn't have to follow the complex and frankly ridiculous family tradition on the boss's side regarding the naming of the first son.

  5. Oops sorry about the proliferation of "ridiculous" in my post. Will go and ingest a thesaurus :)

  6. I wasn't consulted, luckily, when my daughter was named. ;)