So, we found out baby #2, coming in November, is going to be a boy, so my husband and I have been talking about names. We’ve decided on the first name (no, I’m not ready to reveal it) but can’t agree on the middle name. Hopefully he’ll come to his senses soon and agree with me! lol
Since we’re going through this process, I found an article in Parents magazine this month to be interesting. It talked about baby-naming customs around the world.
You need government approval before naming a child, and officals can veto names that don’t clearly indicate the baby’s sex (like Riley) or that could possibly subject the child to teasing or harm. I think I had read that it’s illegal to name your child Hitler–probably a good idea.
Many leave the naming decision up to their priest. Parents can suggest ideas, but the priest gets the final say at a ceremony eight days after the birth.
Among the Ibo people, baby-naming is a group activity. The father, mother, and grandmother all take turns suggesting names. Guests contribute too. Afterward, the household debates the options. Sort of a group effort, I guess.
Parents don’t choose a child’s name before she’s born, since what the stars say about the birth date is a big influence.