Not far into my pregnancy, I realized the impending task of having to name our child. I was instantly paralyzed by fear.
You’d think it would be one of the more exciting, stress-free parts of birthing a human into this world. All I could think about, however, was the massive commitment – the sheer responsibility – required of such a task.
Have you ever considered just how much your name affects your life? Whether you’re aware or not, research proves that your name impacts everything from where you work to how you spend your money to how well-liked you are.
I’m sure the fact that both Vadim and I grew up in the U.S. with Slavic names added to the stress of naming our own, because we both know first-hand what it’s like having to spell O-K-S-A-N-A (or in his case, V-A-D-I-M) from elementary to high school to college and beyond.
I found myself combing through list after list – from Slavic baby names to classic baby names to Biblical baby names and everything in between. If a name caught my interest, I would add it to a running list on my phone.
This approach seemed logical; you make a list, you narrow it down, you have your answer. How difficult could it be, right?
Boy names were much harder to think of than girl names. So once we found out baby Strelkov was a girl, you’d think it’d be smooth sailing from there – except it wasn’t.
We wanted a name that was Slavic but one that was also easily pronounceable in English (again, not anything like Oksana). Furthermore, we wanted something soft and feminine – think “Ella” rather than “Veronica.” To complicate matters even further, we didn’t want to repeat any name that was already in either of our families or in our social circle – so my favorites like Isabella, Ella, Chloe, Emma, Anastasia, Sophia, etc. were out of the question.
Long story short, nearly eight months later, we still don’t have a baby name picked out.
So, I’d love to know: How did you choose your babies’ names? What baby girl names do you like? Do you prefer unique or classic names? Do you like your own name? Does your name truly affect your life and what kind of person you become?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section, below.