6 more weeks to go before our due date. The husband and I have a dilemma. No, not a pediatrician for the baby (though we haven't really found one). It's a predicament that I think some, if not all, parents may encounter. Especially if you're overly fastidious like us. Well, we haven't decided on our baby's name yet.
We have a long list since we always try to consider the name, how it sounds with our last name, its meaning and whether it fits our child's personality (which I'd say is quite difficult to tell at this point). Some of the more popular ones in our list and their meanings are as follows:
Johnathan: combination of John and Nathan; God's gift
Nevin: holy, little saint
Lorenzo: crowned with laurels (a personal favorite)
Niccolo: victory of the people
Joaquin: God shall establish
Sage: wise one
The list goes on and on...
But, what truly is in a name? It's been defined as a label for a noun, to distinguish one from the other. It is used to identify a unique and individual person. There you have it.
However, wouldn't you agree that all of us are unique in our own ways even if we're named with the same one as a hundred or even a thousand other people?
According to U.S. statistics, James is the number 1 name for men at 3.3% which is equivalent to 4,064,550. On the other hand, Mary is the number 1 name for women at 2.6%, equivalent to 3,220,525. Same names, different individuals, unique personalities.
Names have wonderful meanings behind them, yet we should never let it define us. We have different backgrounds, upbringings, cultures etc.. etc.. Hence, we should be the one to define our names.
The name doesn't make a man/woman, it's definitely the other way around.
6 more weeks, I think we still have time... Until then, we're open to suggestions.