9 Fun Ways To Pick A Baby Name When You’re Expecting

Trying to pick a baby name can be quite an intimidating choice. Finding ‘the one’ and getting that gut feeling that you’ve made the right choice doesn’t always happen straight away, if at all! But, baby name books aren’t always the most inspiring place to turn to. You’re left wondering, ‘how can I pick a name that I connect with?’

To help you pick the perfect baby name, we’ve found 9 fun things to do. From baby name generators to day trips out. We hope you enjoy it!

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1. Play With Baby Name Generators

If you just want a mass collection of names to search through to get inspired by, then there are some good name generators out there. This one from Pampers is pretty good! You can filter by gender, theme, origins and more. It helps you to figure out what you’re looking for, and is a great way to get the ball rolling if you have no idea where to start.

2. Journey Through Your Family Tree

For several people, looking through your family tree and learning about your inheritance has a lot of appeal. Mainly because it’s fascinating to find out about your relatives from the past. If you’ve been toying with the idea, then this is a great reason to have a look now.

Take this as a chance to learn about your family history and get to know where you’ve come from. And, while you’re there, keep an eye out for any names that you particularly like.

3. Create A List Of People And Places Important To You

pick a baby name: Image shows a woman writing down on a notepad.

This one is a nice way of thinking about names while also doing something mindful. If you have ever done gratitude journalling before, then you’ll know about the benefits of thinking about what (and who!) you love. And what better context to think about those things than when picking out a name for your baby?

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Grab a piece of paper (get your partner to join in too!) and write down the following:

  • 5 (or more) people who have had a positive impact on your life.
  • 5 (or more) of your favourite places you’ve been to.
  • 5 (or more) items that always make you smile when you see them

Some might not be applicable as baby names, but this is still a great way of searching and thinking about who or what you would love your little one to be associated with.

4. Babyname

Think Tinder… But baby names! This app is a great one for you and your partner to each do on your phones. Babyname will present you both with names for you to swipe through (right for yes, left for no). Eventually, the two of you will start to find your matches and have a list of potential options.

5. Kinder

Kinder is the same sort of app as the one above. but it’s always nice to have more options, isn’t it?

6. Visit An Art Gallery Or Museum

Image shows a couple in an art gallery looking at the pieces on the wall.

Take a day trip out with your partner and you’ll be surprised by the number of names that are everywhere. Whether it’s the name of an artist who created a painting that particularly speaks to you, or a name attached to a certain exhibition. There will be a variety of choices with lots of different origins. Plus, it gives you and your partner something fun to do!

7. Watch The Credits On Your Favourite Film Or Game

You and your partner are going to have films and games you’ve watched over and over (and over). If you don’t fancy any of the names of the characters in them, take a moment to sit and watch the names that scroll through in the credits. There are 100s of options, and if you find a name that you like then you’ll be able to subtly keep it connected to your favourite bit of media.

8. Book A Reservation Under A Potential Baby Name

Once you’ve whittled it down to a list of options, it’s entirely possible that the names you’ve thought of have only been discussed between you and your partner up until now. If you want to get a feel for it, and want to hear it in a different setting, then the next time you and your partner are going out for dinner try booking it under one of the potential names on the list.

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You’ll be able to hear it in a different environment, and you’ll get the chance to hear other people saying the name to you. You’ll get the feeling of whether you like it or not.

9. Play The “This Or That” Game (Friends Style)

Image shows a couple, a pregnant woman holding a computer and the man pointing at something on the screen

There’s a great episode of Friends where Joey can’t figure out which route to take to get to Vegas (North or South). So, to help, Phoebe tells Joey to relax, clear his mind, and then asks him a series of quickfire trivial questions (Peanut butter or egg whites? Would you rather be a fireman or swimmer?). He has to answer them as quickly as possible, choosing his gut instinct answer. Eventually, Phoebe asks ‘North route or South route’ and Joey responds, ‘North route’.

The quickfire ‘don’t think about it, just answer’ method really does work! If you have just a handful of names left, and you’re not sure which to pick, try playing this game with your partner. You never know, your perfect baby name pick might be sitting right there.

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