I've recently begun composing lists for this new baby. I have a lot of ideas, but many of them will not pass Tim. (Elspeth. *sigh*) We possibly have a boy name picked out; it's something we've liked since Tillie was born. but again I'm more convinced of it than Tim.
Another thing that factors in is close friends and family who will be having their babies in the months before us. There are at least 5 and first names they pick would be off limits for me. I know some people don't have problems with name sharing, but it's not something I want for my children. Particularly when it's of another child they'll be so close in age and spending time with.
There's also another handful of friends or co-workers who will have their babies before us. Name sharing with them would be okay, but I wouldn't want people to think we "copied" them. (Yes, I probably care too much about what other people think.)
Then there is my personal list of requirements. 1. It must be a "real" name with history. Behind the Name is my favorite site to check meanings. It's generally the most accurate. 2. It must easily indicate the sex of the child. 3. I prefer it to not be in the top 100 names on the Social Security Administration list. 4. I like longer names that have nicknames. 5. It shouldn't sound weird with our last name. Louie anyone?
So, how did you and your partner decide on your children's names? Do you have any suggestions for a sibling to Matilda Jean?