5 Unusual Places to Find Baby Name Inspiration
Your name is an important part of your identity. It's one of the first things people know about you and one way you can stand out (or not). Whether you're happy with your name or not can play a big factor in your life. And while you can always change it, something about your name speaks to who you are.
When the time comes to give your own baby their very own name, there are many factors to take into consideration and many places to find your inspiration. For me, I love names that are not too popular, have some root in the family, or have meaning behind the name, and I like them to stand out.
I've looked to television for inspiration, to my family tree, and I've also learned that if you're looking for the perfect baby name, inspiration may be where you least expect it.
So, it may seem a little creepy to take a walk through a cemetery (especially at night), but if you're looking for names that are not common anymore and have a more old-school feel, you may find the perfect name on a tombstone.
Name examples popular in 1880s: Mabel, Ida, and Elmer
The library, when you think about it, houses thousands and thousands of names between all the pages of the books. There are endless ones to choose from, and sometimes, picking up your favorite book of all time and finding inspiration for names is the perfect place to start.
Name examples: Fern (from Charlotte's Web), Pippi (from The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking), and Jane (from Mary Poppins) are all from my favorite childhood books.
3. Old yearbooks
The next time you're feeling nostalgic and you're checking back on your old high school yearbook, why not use that as baby-name fodder? There are hundreds (or more, if you're from a big school) of names listed each year with all sorts of different feels, and who knows? You may just find the perfect one.
No one is saying you should name your baby after someone you hated, loved, or even knew back then, but if you're trying to stay away from the common names, it's a good place to start (if there are a million Jacobs, it's off the list!)
Name examples: Carlton, Emerson, Adelaide
4. Other languages
If you want something you love that isn't going to be totally popular, try looking outside your language and take a look at baby names in other parts of the world and in other cultures. I am particularly fond of many names from India, and they're not too common where I live.
Name examples: Femi (means “love” in Egypt), Asmara (means “love” in Indonesia), Ines (means “chaste” in Argentina)
Next time you're hungry, just think about how many names these days are inspired by food. If you have a love for an apple, why not show that in your baby's name? No, it's not traditional to name your baby after the food you just can't say no to, but it will be unique!
Name examples: Alfredo, Kale, Brie
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