As you coat the surfaces in your nursery with pink and dream of the new princess that will soon join your family, you will likely spend many sleepless nights contemplating the name that you will bestow about your bundle of joy. When pursuing the almost limitless array of options, look for a name that is creative and distinctive. Uncommon or highly meaningful names reflect your child’s specialness and clearly set her apart from her peers.
Literary Leading Ladies
Old is new again as many moms opt to adopt a name entrenched in classic literature. Give your daughter the name of a classic heroine of literary fame. By selecting a name with a clear connection to literary lore you make the title even more meaningful, and clearly express your desire for your child to possess some of the positive characteristics of her namesake. Consider Abigail, Caroline, Catherine, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Emma or Hester.
If you are one with nature, give your baby a name that reflects your passion for the environment. Select a word for an object found in nature. Names of this type also often have a retro, 1960s feel as repurposed nature names were popular with many flower-child moms of the decade. Try out names like Lake, Meadow, Ocean, Rainbow, River, Sky or Summer.
Borrow your child’s name from a favorite place. Select a name based on a location that holds special meaning for you and your partner. Explore the names of Alaska, Boston, Brooklyn, Dayton, London, Paris or Venice.
Borrowed for Boys
Many once-masculine names are now becoming gender-neutral as parents use their favorite name, regardless of the child’s sex. These names convey strength, power and are a wonderful choice for parents who do not plan to dress their darlings in frilly gowns or bold bows. If you plan to wait until birth to discover the gender of your child, you can safely select one of these labels to use as a pre-birth address, knowing that it can be applied to an infant of either gender. Consider Alex, Andy, Dylan, Madison, Max, Shawn or Ryan.