Baby names: How moms chose their baby's names

Choosing your baby’s name is your first gift to your child. You and your partner may spend months agonizing over this decision, or the perfect name may come to you in a dream, and you agree instantly that this is the one!

When you're in the midst of baby naming you may take many factors into account: The name’s meaning and origin; whether it has a special significance to you; the name's sound and how well it blends with your surname; unique versus just plain strange; the potential nicknames; and initials. Or, you may decide to simply let intuition be your guide.

As you make this important decision, find out how Moms from the April 2001 Playgroup decided on their babys' names:

  • Kaiden -- The name just popped into my head the day I found out I was having a boy.
  • Sara Elisabeth -- Sarah and Elizabeth were two Biblical women who waited and prayed a very long time for a child. Both women were depicted as being somewhat older than the typical first time mother. We began trying to have a child for almost eight years. When I unexpectedly became pregnant I was just shy of my 37th birthday, and my OB’s office took every opportunity to remind me of my "advanced maternal age."
  • Ainsley -- I heard this name years ago, but my husband didn't like it. He came around, though.
  • Havana Ruby -- I wasn’t even pregnant when we decided. After pitching many names to my partner and having him say "shouldn't we at least wait until we're actually having a baby?" we went to Cuba. While we were there he proposed and one night while sitting on the terrace of our hotel listening to great Cuban music, drinking mojitos and attempting to smoke a cigar, he said "Havana." Five months later I was pregnant with a little girl and she is now Havana Ruby.
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