Having trouble choosing between equally good names? Try flipping things inside-out and looking at each name from a storyteller’s perspective.
For instance, imagine your child as an adult, dining with a group of colleagues. The subject of names comes up. The people at the table take turns explaining where their first names came from. The stories include:
“I was named for my great-grandfather. I never knew him, though.”
“Mine was stylish around the time I was born.”
“My name came from my mom’s then-favorite song. I still hear it on the radio sometimes.”
“Believe it or not, I was named after perfume. They don’t make it anymore, but I found a bottle on eBay a few years ago.”
“My parents liked the sound of it, I guess. I’m not sure where they got it.”
“Mine came from a baby name book.”
“It’s a family name.”
“My mother’s favorite poet gave his first son this name, so my mother did the same.”
“It may sound exotic here, but mine’s a traditional name where I’m from. It has religious significance.”
“My parents made it up.”
“From a soap opera character.”
“It came from the name of a restaurant my parents used to go to when they were dating. It was the name of the original owner.”
“I was named after my dad’s best friend.”
Now it’s your child’s turn. What kind of tale will your child tell about his or her name? Will the story be simple, or complex? Will it be traditional, or will it stand out? Will it be fun, or serious? What kind of values will it communicate?