Naming the Kids

Tuesday, April 21, 2015



Linking up with Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday and this week is fun! How did we pick our kids names? I think our story is kind of funny, so I was excited to share! And of course you can't have a post like this without some pictures mixed in!


When I was pregnant the first time and were choosing names, we knew right away that if it was a boy we were going to name him Owen. We both just really loved that name. If it was a girl we were clueless! We liked a bunch of names, but couldn't decide on one.

Well, we found out in February of 2006, that we were having a baby girl. I was beyond excited! Now we had to choose a name!


So we did what any indecisive parents would do, and left it up to everyone else! We took a vote!



We narrowed our choices down to our top 5 and started asking everyone we knew and even some we really didn't, to see what name they liked best. We said that we would name our baby girl whichever name got the most votes!

Our list included
Caitlyn
Elissa
Olivia
Emily
Abigail

We had the list on a piece of paper that we took with us every where we went and we polled everyone. (I am so upset, because I know I saved it, but I couldn't find it to take a picture today). Olivia, although not my first choice, won by a long shot. And even though it wasn't my favorite at the time, it is by far my favorite on the list now! I couldn't imagine having picked any other name! She is definitely an Olivia! She also has a whole bunch of equally cute and perfect nicknames, Liv, Livy and Lulu!



When we found out we were pregnant for the second (and last) time, we were leaning towards Isabelle if it was a girl, and for a boy we still really loved Owen. When we found out that we were having a boy, we did go through other boy names to see if we found anything we liked better, but we didn't. Four years later it was still number one!


For middle names, we went with Marie for Olivia because I just like that middle name and it happens to be my cousins middle name, and Michael for Owen after Mike.




So, it was never the plan to have two kids with "O" names, but it is how it turned out. They also both have the exact same initials, which also wasn't the plan, and is actually kind of a pain, when it comes to labeling! I can never put just their initials because they are exactly the same! But someday I won't be labeling things for them anymore and will think it is special and kind of fun!


I love my babies and their names! 

Also linking up with Sweet Little Ones for 


Happy Tuesday, friends! 

12 comments :

  1. I decided on Naomi Rose after meeting a lady with the exact name at the grocery store. I was still pregnant and it was a name we all had considered so it felt like a sign!

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    1. Yes, what a great sign! Such a beautiful name!

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  2. LOVE the names you picked for your kiddos. And loved how after so many years Owen was still the favorite.
    -Erin (No Bohns About It)

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  3. I love talking about baby names! We don't pick before our babies are born, we come up with a list, and then take the list to the hospital with us and give it a day or two. The middle names are always family names, and we try to stay out of the top 100 from the SSA name list for their first names. :)

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    1. I love that idea of waiting until you meet them! I would say I would do that next time, but there won't be a next time for us!!

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  4. Aww, I love these names and love that you got your Owen! It's funny, my husband and I are the opposite. We've had a girl name picked out since before we even got married, but we've never been able to agree on a boy name. I'm sure we'll figure it out if/when the time comes!

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    1. Yes, it can be such a hard thing, just take a vote ;) It worked for us!

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  5. Too funny that you polled everybody! We had the same situation though. Had a boy name ready to go and ended up having a girl. It took us forever to agree on a girl name, but now we feel it couldn't be any more perfect!

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    1. It's funny how it works out that way! I don't know if you choose the right name or they just grow into it, but I couldn't imagine my kids with any other name!

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  6. OMGSH Owen and Olivia are our names, too! Haha! Funny, I've always known the girl name would be Olivia, but we ended up having a boy and really had to decide on a name! How funny! :D

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    1. That is too funny! We were the total opposite! I just love the two names together, so glad it ended up that way!

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