Originally Posted by kalirush
Here's our "theme"
Name 1: name of a goddess or mythic hero who has a story we like and think a kid would be happy to be associated with.
Name 2: "normal" name, from somewhere in the family
Name 3: A minority surname, like our parents' maiden names, my maiden name, our grandmother's maiden names
Name 4: our family surname
It's very specific, but it dramatically cuts down on our pool of names...
We don't have a "theme" like this but there is a method to our madness. Our naming rules are:
1. No names that start with the same letter as our last name (alliteration) It sounds like a superhero or a storybook character with our common British Isles one-syllable surname.
2. No names that start with the same letter as our DS. I have a personal thing about families that name all their kids with the same letter (the Duggars, anyone?)
3. No legacy names for our parents--once you start nobody's gonna be happy
4. No taking my or DH's first name as the child's first name. . .middle name's ok
5. Prefer 2- or 3-syllable names to balance out short, clipped sounding last name.
6. Prefer no "last names first" since our last name is a common boys' first name, it's too confusing. Which is the first name, and which is the last? I like "last names first" especially for boys, but we have to be really careful because it always ends up sounding like the name is being read backwards.
7. No names in the top 20 for either sex. I grew up with a #2 name in the year I was born and hated it, there were always so many of us, even though I love my name. So even if I love, love, love the name (as I do love almost all the top 20 girls' names in the country right now) I don't pick it.
These are just my crazy rules, not criticisms of what other people do, by the way. Naming is so personal and I always think the names people pick end up sounding great!