With baby # 2 arriving in just a number of weeks, we have a big and very responsible job on our hands- choosing him a name. We didn't really think about names at all until we had the 20 week scan. As with LO, we knew we wanted to find out the gender, and when we discovered we were having a second boy, we started to jot down a few ideas. I do find boys names harder to choose for some reason, and we struggled when we were thinking of names for LO back in 2013. We ended up using our top two favourite names at the time for LO (Freddie Oliver) and then included Marshall as a second middle name as it is a family name on both sides of the family. We loved Oliver so much that we even contemplated using it again for baby # 2, but we have since decided that we don't want to steal LO's middle name, and also with it topping the boy's name chart, we'd prefer something a bit more unusual.
We have been looking mostly at the book Baby Names 2016 by Ella Joynes and Mark Woods. Although it doesn't have the most comprehensive lists of names for each letter, there's a good choice and you don't feel overwhelmed by choice. Each name tells you the origin of the name, alternatives and the meaning of the name. Of course, you don't actually need a baby name book at all, but I find it helps to provide a bit of inspiration and we enjoy reading it before we go to bed at night. I sometimes highlight names which catch my eye, and then jot them down in my pink notebook which I keep by my bed. We also love trying out writing different combinations of names on LO's whiteboard and see which ones he can say. Although we'd never get LO to name his brother, it's nice to let him feel included.
Our baby name book has also provided us with much amusement with the various name lists in the first part of the book. These include lists of quirky names, names which sound clever, controversial names and ways you can be creative with traditional names. There are predictions of what names are likely to become popular in the next couple of years, as well as names which aren't as popular anymore.
According to our book, the top names for 2015 are:
As with LO, we won't name him until we actually meet him, but we'd like to have a shortlist of at least 3 names by the time he's born. Luckily, for the most part, Mr F and I agree 99% on names. As I said before, I think boys names are quite hard to think of, and for some reason, neither of us are overly keen on going for one of the more traditional boys names even though they are always so popular. I have also learnt from experience when I had LO not to give too much away when people ask about name ideas. I had way too many people being dismissive of names I liked, or offering their opinion, which made me feel I couldn't name my child a certain name. But I'm sure when we meet our new baby, a name will just spring to mind it it will just feel right.
Do you have any favourite names for boys? How did you go about choosing a name? I'd love to hear any suggestions for boy's names which go with my surname Foster, if you want to leave any suggestions below, I'd be eternally grateful haha!