Let's face it. Naming your baby can be one of the most creative experiences you'll have. Once you find out you're pregnant or get the word from the adoption agency, you have the chance to carve out an identity for your child that they will take with them for the rest of their life. No pressure. Once you find out the sex of your baby (if you decide to), you can narrow your search to just boy or girl names. If you don't find out what you're having, then you get to make two lists. In the days of our parents, they were stuck making two lists because they didn't have the option of an ultrasound or amniocentesis. That must be why they stuck to traditional names such as David, Susan, Michele, John, Jennifer...There's nothing wrong with these names (both my husband and I have one of them, in fact), but our generation as a whole seems to choose more unique names that another child in their class probably won't have. It seems that all the kids in our neighborhood have unique names - Clarice, Kynir, Haven, Silas, Rijel, Eli, Phaedra... a vast change from the names of 50 years ago. Our generation is also lucky enough to have some great resources for finding names with such online sites as Cute Baby Names. This is a great site for looking up both boys and girls names', meanings and origin. You can also look up celebrity names (like Moxie Crimefighter or Jayden James), and popular (like Jacob or Emily) or unique names (like Valdeze or Sunnee).
So when you find out the exciting news that a new little person is on the way, start making your list and checking it twice. It might take a while to find the right name, but with help from Cute Baby Names, you've got many options. And when you come up with something even they don't have listed, let 'em know about it. They just might include it in their roster.