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Choosing a name that your baby is going to use for the rest of his life can be one of the most overwhelming choices you have to make as a parent. Moms and dads share their baby-naming tips and strategies.
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Sarah Bernard is BabyCenter’s Pop Culture & Lifestyle contributor. She covers parenting, health, fitness, fashion, and trends of all kinds. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin girls.
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Sarah Bernard: Coming up with a name that your baby is supposed to use for the rest of their life can be one of the most overwhelming choices you have to make as a parent-to-be – 37 percent of our site moms say they agonized over their name choice.
Woman 1: Yeah, I just looked at my husband. I was like, "Are you sure? Are we sure that this is the name?"
Man 1: We started naming her actually long before she was even conceived.
Woman 1: We were just going back and forth for months, and then everyone was like, "It will click into place," and Rishi means “sage,” or “the wise one,” in Hindi.
23 percent say it took them 8 months or more to choose a name.
Man 2: It's actually really hard. We were wrestling with it, even after he was born for a little bit.
Woman 2: Both of my kids have been nameless for several weeks after the birth.
Man 1: For a long time, she was Zora.
Sarah Bernard: Ooh.
Man 1: And that was exciting, and then a bit too much.
Woman 2: And then he was Aubrey and then now he's Grant, so he's had a long, complicated naming history.
Man 3: This is Micah Aaron. He's 7 and a half months old. We had 4 grandparents that started with the letter M and 3 grandparents that start with the letter A.
Woman 3: So we were trying to figure out a name that would sound good pronounced by our Greek relatives and our American relatives, so we picked Phineas, because in Greek, it would be Phineas, and it's pronounceable, and here it would be Phin, Phinney, Phineas.
33 percent of our site moms say they had fewer than 5 names on their list.
12 percent say they had a favorite all along.
Woman 4: Our daughter's name is Sloane and we love Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the main character in Ferris Bueller is Sloane Peterson.
24 percent say picking a name is "as easy as pie."
Woman 5: My favorite are siblings my daughter goes to school with, Dagger and Lava. But when you meet them, they are totally Dagger and Lava.
Woman 6: I have worked in playground with a brother and sister named Natural and Seven.
Woman 7: There's uncommon and then there's just wow, right?
60 percent say other people's opinions don't matter much.
Woman 7: We actually had home births, so my midwife is the one who files the birth certificate. She was trying to give us some space and let us do our thing, but she was even like, "You guys really need to just go ahead and pick a name. It's really, now we're getting into crazy territory."
Woman 8: Have fun. People are fun. You should be fun. You should have a fun name.