Originally Posted by Ninetales
Even if I could choose the name before birth and know I wouldn't change my mind, I don't think I'd tell anybody. People are so much more, I don't know, aggressive about names before the baby comes. If you tell everyone you're naming the baby "Aaron" before he comes, it seems everyone with a dumb opinion is not shy about sharing it, but once baby's here and you can say "this is Aaron," they are way less likely to do that.
I do feel pretty confident that we will stick with the name we chose two years ago when we first made a baby name list (oh, the optimism of newlyweds!), but I flatly refuse to tell anyone for exactly this reason. The ultrasound tech acted pretty annoyed that we wouldn't tell her, even though she was a complete stranger and we'd never see her again. NO ONE means NO ONE, lady. So my mom calls the baby Squirmer and my two youngest brothers call him Vlad the Impaler. Other names that seem to have gone by the wayside are Buddy, Spicy, and Friedrich von [last name]. At least that keeps my family entertained.
When dh and I were coming up with the aforementioned list, we started out sort of serious, but as ideas began to run out, we started putting together ridiculous combinations of anime character names. It was actually a lot of fun. I'm surprised by how much I've changed my mind on some of the names in the past two years, though. Other than our top girl name and top boy name, I'm not really terribly fond of the other names any more. But that's something we can deal with if/when we have other children. It's also amusing to me that I can draw connections between most of our names and Star Trek characters, although that wasn't intentional, except for one. They're also mostly biblical, which also wasn't entirely intentional, but maybe not surprising since we made the list at church.
Most of our names, especially the boy names, tend to be on the more traditional side. Our top two boys' names are what dh calls "Founding Father" names - they sound like they would be at home on the Declaration of Independence. Of course, having a last name that wouldn't look out of place on the Declaration of Independence also helps.
Oh, and Desert Sunsets - oddly enough, I already know an Evie Jane. She's the daughter of a former coworker. I think it's a super cute name. I love Jane as a middle name, but it's already my niece's middle name, so I probably wouldn't use it myself.