Would You Let Your Kids Pick Your Baby’s Name?

More than one mom has told me that the bigger siblings had a hand in naming the new additions to their family—whether they asked that their parents name their siblings after their favorite characters (like Max in Max & Ruby) or had a chance to pick from a short list of names the parents selected. (That’s likely to help avoid having a new little sister named Zoomy Banana.)

But I had a hard enough time sharing the naming duties with my kids when a new pair of kittens made their way into our house. The sisters came home with the names Tinkerbell and Wendy, but I thought we might be able to do better. I had my heart set on picking a few of the fun names from one of my family’s favorite series, Harry Potter: Bellatrix for the mischievous little tuxedo cat, and Luna or Hedwig for the sweet little gray and white kitty.

But my kiddos had their own ideas—and strangely enough, they kind of represent the two schools of thought on baby naming.

My oldest definitely represented the old-fashioned, classic name house. She wanted a fancy but classic name for her gray-and-white kitten—nothing that was made up. After I threw several suggestions out at her, Penelope (shortened to Penny) was her choice.

My youngest wanted something that was all her own—much like the people who come up with brand new names like Nevaeh or new spellings like Aydin. She liked the name Tinkerbell, but felt that naming her kitten after the famous little green fairy was “copying.” And so her kitten became Winkerbell—called Winks, Winksie or Winky, depending on who is doing the shortening.

I think they did a pretty darned good job at picking the names—and maybe if there was a sibling in their future (there’s not), I would at least let them put a few names in the hat.

Photo: Siblings by Stephen Coburn / Shutterstock.com

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  1. by Natalie

    On September 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My parents let me name my younger sister. I named her after my lunch time monitor that I really liked at that age.

  2. by Stacy

    On September 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    My oldest daughter picked her younger sister’s name. I think its adorable to let the older sibling have a “say” in the process…

  3. by Lisa

    On September 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    James called Johnny “Koko” for months before he was born. We weren’t sure if he meant the gorilla that likes the kitten or the train from Chuggington. Turns out it was the train from Chuggington. Unless your kid is 8, my vote is not to let the older sibling name the younger one

  4. by Kelly

    On September 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    My dad was in the Navy when my Grandma got pregnant with my youngest uncle. Apparently, my dad didn’t like the idea. There were already 5 kids, and he thought Grandma was too old, so he refused to answer any of her letters. She finally had to go to his commanding officer just to get him to speak to her. He got leave just before she had the baby & my grandparents let him choose the baby’s name.

  5. by Andrea

    On September 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    My grandparents let my aunts name my mom as they are 10 years minimum older. So they choose Dawn for the time she was born and May for the month.

  6. by Emily

    On September 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    My older daughter named our baby Julianna… Julia is my mothers first name and Anna is my husbands mothers first name. I thought that was awesome!