Name Game

Get tips for finding the perfect name for your baby.

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-Hi everyone, I'm Juli Auclair. Welcome to Parents TV. You'll face a lot of decisions during pregnancy and one of the more fun tasks is choosing a name. Kara Sundlun and husband Dennis House offers some tips to help you sort through all of the options and pick a name that makes everybody happy. -Today, we're gonna talk about one of the most important things you can do for your baby -- give him or her a name. -Yes, it's very stressful but we have to get down to the task because we're just a couple of months out and the baby has to have a name before it leaves the hospital. -He or she does. We get a couple of a Baby Name books to talk about. This is your favorite. -Yeah. I picked up one of 10,000 names all around the world and then we also have the classic ones from town and country, something that passes the test of any society, I guess. -You know, popular names are always changing. According to the federal government, the most popular names last year were as follows, for boys: Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan, Andrew, Daniel, Anthony, Christopher, and Joseph. -And for girls: Emily, Emma, Madison, Abigale, Olivia, Isabella, Hannah, Samantha, Ava, and Ashley. That's some nice names out there but we've actually decided we don't wanna go with something too popular. We wanna do something a little less common but not too unusual. -Yes, we don't want one of those made-up names, sort of like a-- -You don't like Apple? -Sorry Gwyneth. Another option besides flipping through your books and looking on the internet is your own family. Sometimes family names can be nice because you're carrying out a bit of history. -And so here we are, on our family wall to get some inspiration for some names but, you know, well our relatives have fine names, some of them won't translate well for babies. We have Amores, and Ida,-- -Arnold. --and Arnold, Cresenzo, a Judith, Francis, and Hilda. -Actually, Hilda is gonna work. No offense to anyone out there. -There is one family name that I do like though, my beloved grandmother, Phoebe, it was also her mother's name and her grandmother's name. -Yes, I can feel the tide of history pulling. Not a bad name, something to consider but if you can't agree on that, you know, family names also make nice middle names. -Good idea. So, once you've gone through the baby name books and the family-tree sit down and make a list. -They suggest, you should make a-- I get a list of 10 names, you get a list of 10 names then we come together, see if we have any of them in common and we can start chipping away from there. And another piece of advice, you don't have to follow but we've found the best thing, keep your name a secret because if your relatives are opinionated like ours-- -Yes. --you don't want the name tainted for good or for bad. -Yeah. And, you know, once the baby is born, the grandmothers, the aunts, the uncles, they're gonna love the name. And if they don't, well,-- -They won't. --they're not gonna tell you. -At least, not to your face. -That is really good advice. It's exactly what my husband and I did. And in case you're wondering, Kara and Dennis recently welcomed a baby girl named Helena. Congratulations to you both. And thanks for watching Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.