Your kids' name choices

My daughter, 3 1/2, got the news we are having a new baby. I love the names she suggested.





For a boy, Leafy-Green

What baby names do your kids suggest?


August 7, 2012 8:24 PM

These are excellent!!!! You need to write them down in your new baby's book. I particularly like Sparklebelle. Your daughter is right on trend.


My kids suggested Cakem Pillus Bleh-eh Grass for their cousin. Bleh-eh is pronounced like Klingon--it's very gutteral. Her parents went for the rather mundane Evelyn instead. :)

September 9, 2013 9:41 PM

I'm so happy to find this website and i also want to a name for my coming baby.These are excellent!!!! You need to write them down in your new baby's book. I particularly like Sparklebelle. Your daughter is right on trend.I agree the above comment.Thanks for your advice.

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August 8, 2012 10:50 AM

Currently, my son (10) wants to reverse his name for a boy and reverse his sister's name for a girl. Yeah, not going to happen. The baby is too young yet to have an opinion.

I should pull out the names of all his imaginary friends from when he was 3. There were a ton of them, all named.

August 9, 2012 10:33 PM

I would love to see those!  My daughter had an imaginary friend for only a week, but I still remember her name- Romia.  

She also told me she didn't like her name anymore.  Excited, I asked her what name she would like to have.  Her answer: Birthday Cake.

By EVie
August 10, 2012 11:02 PM

I still remember the name of my imaginary friend from age 4—Lisa. Boring, isn't it? I must have gotten it from a cartoon or something, because I can't remember knowing any Lisas at the time. I also suggested it as a name for my little sister, who was in utero at the time, but my parents didn't take my suggestion ;) There was also a mean girl in my imaginary universe, whose name was something like Polly, or possibly Pollyanna or Polly-Anne—can't remember. 

December 27, 2012 8:12 AM

My daughter was told by a teacher to use her name spelled backwards as her classroom user name--and it stuck!  She still has friends who call her "Adnama" instead of Amanda! She seems to like it.  When her cousin Jacob was born, since we knew so many, we jokingly started calling the baby "Bocaj" (pronounced BUCK-adge) and to this day, if we don't know which Jacob one of us is referring to, we'll qualify it by saying "Jacob Bocaj".

August 13, 2012 3:34 AM

We aren't currently expecting another child, but my eldest son is of the opinion that we should have another baby VERY soon, and also that it should be a girl this time.

He recently got a phone call on his toy phone, "from [his] sister."

As existence of a sister was news to me, I asked what her name was.

"Her middle name is... Goldi... Goldi... [big pause] Goldicurious!"

That naturally made me curious: did his sister have a first name, too?

He thought about it some more and then came up with, very confidently, "Curious-on-the-Ferry".

So there you have it. Curious-on-the-Ferry Goldicurious [Surname sort of like Kindergarten]. A HOT INSIDER TIP for the next baby betting pool! I especially love totally Puritanical Virtue name soundalike, updated for the modern day and our island lifestyle... and Goldicurious is an obvious mashup between Curious George and Goldilocks, two books he happened to have sitting out on the sofa in front of him when he was coming up with a name on the shortest gestation period ever. And we all know how hot mashup names are!

I was also very pleased that his choice totally embodied my personal naming philosophy that a more daring, aggressively retro first name choice is best paired with a more on-trend middle name. Well played, son, well played! (As for the repetition of the "curious" element between first and middle names - one person's pleasing rhythm is another person's annoyingly singsongy, and vice versa, so de gustibus and all.)

When I asked our son to tell the spouse the great news about the new sister later that night, the sister's first name was instead Curious-on-the-Boat. I hope that he was just using a nickname for the same sister, because those are WAY too close for sibling names!

August 13, 2012 3:35 AM

Also, I really love Sparklebelle. I think you should pick your baby's in utero nickname from this excellent list!

August 13, 2012 6:31 AM

Run with it. You could name the twin sister Disinterested-under-the-Train Georgielocks.

August 13, 2012 4:22 PM

Love it! We could make a lovely sibling set - very many possible permutations!

But I think when we do get pregnant, we should absolutely get our 3-year-old to help us decide what to use as the in utero nickname!

August 15, 2012 3:26 PM

If we are going to start a list of "modern virtue" name (like the earlier discussion of Logic), then I'm definitely including Curious or Curiosity. 

August 15, 2012 4:41 PM

Goldicurious is awesome!  But I do much prefer Curious-On-the-Ferry to Curious-On-the-Boat. The flow is just better.

August 21, 2012 12:52 PM

I'm told I burst into tears in the middle of my younger sister's church dedication, because "I thought her name was Buttercup!"

And when my sister was eight, she had the firm plan to change her name to Pocahontas as soon as possible.  Which is actually slightly mysterious, since I'm pretty sure Mom didn't let us see that movie.  But after all, it's the style that sells the name, not the character/celebrity.

Leafy-Green is actually kind of awesome.  Not exactly usable, but awesome.

August 21, 2012 1:20 PM

A couple of years ago, my husband's friend emailed to let him know she was expecting her second child. Some of the names her three-year-old son suggested were:

Stingray Shark

Piano Dumptruck

Monkey George


There was at least one more very "normal" name in there, like Sammy or something. We immediately adopted "Monkey George" as an additional nn for my cat.

In the end, the second child was named Theo. No word on how big brother Tobias felt about this.

August 21, 2012 1:38 PM

Great list! I can actually see Stingray Shark being used by someone- it sounds like a celebrity baby name :)

December 24, 2012 10:20 PM

Maybe that will be a contender if Blue Ivy gets a brother...

December 23, 2012 2:18 AM

My daughter informed me that she wants a sister named Kate and brother named batman. I love batman and of course see where she got that from but wonder were in the world she got such a grown up sounding Kate from?!

December 24, 2012 10:16 PM

When I was a kid, I nicknamed our pet Insano, because he bolted around the house like a maniac. He was also called "Noah" jokingly, because his hutch was the shape of a boat, (or ark...) but that didn't stick well.

My Dad called him "Captain Insano" intead, claiming it sounded cooler...

Captain Noah Insano :)


December 28, 2012 8:49 AM

My son was quite insistent his then-in-utero sibling would be a girl called Thomas (as in the tank engine). He was most perturbed to be reminded he has a -male- cousin called Thomas, and then asked what he thought of the real contenders. Weeks later, he said he would like a brother called Spider-Man. Alas, his brother was called something much less trendy. 

One of my earliest memories is my Dad asking what we should call my newborn brother. I was most annoyed when he was named Andrew instead of Rebecca. It was an early sign that having a brother did not live up to the hype. 

September 10, 2013 12:56 PM

When we told my 2-year-old son that he would be having a baby of his own (we found out we were pregnant in April; we had a nephew born the November before and he'd been asking for a baby since his baby cousin was born), he immediately yelled "CHOO CHOO!" We called her "Choo Choo" until we found out the gender and are very slowly trying to get him to use her name (Maeve or Mae) instead of "Choo Choo", but he hasn't been too happy about that just yet. Oh well. He'll get it figured out eventually or...she'll be 20 and her big brother will STILL be calling her Choo Choo.