Wednesday 24 August 2011 by By Jill Sikkens

When we had our son, there was only ever one name. Kees. (Pronounced Case in English) My husband was always very close to his maternal grandfather so when we found out we were having a boy we both knew he would be the namesake, even though the Dutch spelling always throws people off. I personally really enjoyed having the name early on. It created a very clear identity of who was growing inside of me and I can’t think of more perfect name for the comical toddler he has developed into.

This time around we know it’s a girl and choosing a name couldn’t be more difficult. The “short” list is currently at about 20; none of which we particularly agree on. I love Bridget and my husband hates it. He is crazy about Sienna but it doesn’t feel right to me. And unlike during our wedding or first pregnancy, both of our respective mothers have very strong opinions when it comes to baby girl names- something either of us expected. Kees thinks she should just be called “Sister”, which seems to be sticking at the moment.

The challenge is, when you have one child whose name means so much to you, you want to have the same experience with the next child. You want to really love their name and for it to have special meaning. In addition to making it sentimental, you also want to give them a name that will grow with them, that is unique without being over the top and that feels right. 

Luckily there are some great naming tools available online. One of my favourites is from babycentre.co.uk. (http://www.babycentre.co.uk/babyname?intcmp=tnav_names_main) One of the challenges for us is most of our favourite names are in the 10 ten most popular names in the UK- and have been for the last 5 years. The last thing we want is to have a daughter with the same name as 5 other girls in her class. But, having said that, I don’t think Apple is quite right either. At this point, I’ll just be happy if we can give her a name within a week of being born. Otherwise, Sister it is.

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