Choosing a baby name

Choosing a baby name

Why is it so hard to choose a baby name?

Mike and I have been going round in circles for months trying to decide on a baby name for the new baby and we just can’t seem to agree on any.

When we were pregnant the first time around and found out we were having a boy, there was a bit of back and forth between a couple of names including Hayden, Harrison and Austin (Only Mike was keen on this last one at the time). However, I think deep down we both knew that we would always choose Hayden, as its the name of Mikes grandfather and something we had talked about years ago and both really liked!

This time around though not so easy. We found out we were having another boy at the 20-week scan and immediately started to discuss potential names. Mike was still very keen on Austin, but I am not completely convinced because I immediately think of Austin Powers,”Yeah baby, groovy” as opposed to a cute little boy!

austin powers

Austin Powers

Harrison was also out of the running, as we used this as Hayden’s middle name and don’t want to re-use it, even though no one pays much attention to middle names these days I think.

Then we decided to look at other names, and what I discovered about my darling husband is that although everyone thinks he’s the laid back relaxed one of the two of us, he is bloody fussy! So many names I have suggested and he has immediately vetoed including;

  • Arthur- I love this name (as does my Mother-in-law so surely bonus points??) but Mike just doesn’t like it, go figure!
  • George- Again I think this is a super cute name, but Mike not keen as he feels loads of babies will be named George now after little Prince George (and who can blame them, he’s a wee cutie!)
    prince george

    Prince George!

  • Noah- Discounted by Mike due to religious connotations. (we are both atheist but still, I feel it’s just a name and it doesn’t mean anything, it’s not like we are calling him Jesus!) noah ark

Other names I like but Mike doesn’t are Joshua, Archie and Lucus.

There are also lots of lovely boys names that we don’t feel we can use as they are the same as friends and family have called their babies including Henry, Alfie, Oliver, William and Oscar. Although I’m sure some parents wouldn’t mind, I’m not sure it’s not a bit taboo!

We have had lengthy discussions about the possibility of Bernard (Mikes preference) or Albert. Albert was initially my preference and thought we could call him Bertie or Albie for short. Mike is now on board with this choice, but typically I’m no longer 100% sure! lol!

We do both quite like Theodore as a name which could be shortened to Theo or Teddy (which I think is rather cute).

Perhaps slightly strangely I also like Bear as a name, I think Bear Gumn has quite a nice ring to it, don’t you? Then again I often refer to Hayden as ‘Hayden Bear’ so maybe not…


If we’d been having a girl, there are an abundance of names that we both love but I suppose we would just have difficulty deciding which one we wanted the most in that case!

The more I look at baby name books and websites, the longer the potential list seems to get, adding more names including Jenson, Grayson, Jackson, Carter, Wyatt, Hudson, Blake and Heath!!

To be honest, at this point we have just decided to wait and meet the little fella before deciding. I just hope that once he’s here choosing the perfect name for him will be clearer!

Did you have difficulties picking names for your children? I’d love to know your thoughts on some of the name suggestions above? and if you’ve got any others to add to mix?

Cuddle Fairy
Choosing a baby name- how difficult is it?


  1. March 15, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    We were exactly the same, for our first son it was easy, for our second son it was a nightmare. We just couldnt think and agree on one, we had lots of girls name but no boys names. We did the same as what you are planning to do, waited until he was born and then thought of one. I hope it all falls into place when you meet your gorgeous baby and a name pops right in your mind. I like Theo, blake and jackson xx

    • March 15, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Thanks For commenting! I’ll keep you posted! X

  2. Kat
    March 15, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I really like Albert as Alibe is such a cute name. I’ve also recently met someone who has a son called Seth which I thought was a good name (unusual but not obscure). We have a girl and another on the way which is lucky as we really struggled with boys names. I kept coming back to Fox but my husband vetoed it!

    • March 15, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      Ooh Fox I’ve not heard that before, I quite like it! Good luck choosing your second little girls name x

  3. Kelly
    March 15, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    It is so difficult! My son is nearly 21 and called McKenzie! However 21 years later McKenzie is mostly a girls name here! He gets called Mack so it’s okay. I love the name Flynn for a boy.

  4. March 16, 2017 / 9:50 am

    It really is so difficult, especially as it’s for life. There aren’t many decisions that will impact a whole lifetime. We’ve also always found it easier to choose girls names than boys, so tricky!

    Helen x

  5. March 16, 2017 / 11:06 am

    We had discussed names for children a year or two before we fell pregnant. My sister-in-law named one of her sons our favourite Irish name before BattleKid so that was out of the running, much to my annoyance as we’d told her our choices of names. But once we fell pregnant and knew we were having a boy we very quickly decided on a first and middle name. We had a backup in case he didn’t suit his name but luckily he did. However I don’t think we’d be so lucky second time around if we have another child!

  6. April 8, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Haha my husband was the incredibly fussy one with us too. It’s very difficult to choose a name isn’t it as you always associate a name with something or someone x

  7. June 13, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I think I will have the same problem to choose a name when I will be pregnant. Hopefully my partner will help me.

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