5 Unique Places to Find Baby Name Inspiration

baby nameBaby names. The bane of all pregnant women's existence. When you find out you're expecting, one of the first -- and let's face it, most important -- things you think about is what to call your child. Maybe you want to be original. Maybe you don't want to look in the same places everyone else looks. Maybe you know that the absolute most perfect name for your little one is somewhere out there, but you just don't know where!

It's out there. Promise. It just takes a little research.

Here are 5 truly unique places to find baby name inspiration.


Movie Credits. This was a big one for me. When my husband and I started talking about having a family, I began perusing the crew's first and last names during TV shows and at the end of movies -- and I found some great stuff. You'd be surprised how many beautiful names roll past you at the end of a film.

Books. Super popular literature such as Fifty Shades of Grey, Twilight, and The Hunger Games have inspired countless baby names the past few years. The names Grey and Anastasia shot up 20 and 10 percent respectively last year; and Senna, Cinna, and Decimus (Twilight and Hunger Games) were among some of the most viewed baby names. But go beyond that, people. Everyone is doing that. Think older literature. Think random short stories you've read. Hell, spend a few hours at a library culling through books. A name I've always loved is Phlox from The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Gravestones. This has kind of a strange and spooky undertone, but if you like old-fashioned names, a centuries-old cemetery may be the perfect place to find baby names. One of our writers found some really cute, original names in a graveyard: Augustus, Simeon, Lot, and Chauncey.

Maps. Naming your kid after a locale is a thing in Hollywood. Think Brooklyn Beckham, Penelope Scotland, Camden Lachey (Camden is a city in Maine and in New Jersey). But you don't have to go with one you've already heard. Break out the atlas or, more realistically, just look online. You're bound to find cities, towns, and even streets that could be the perfect, original name for your bundle of joy.

Foreign Newspapers or Magazines. You don't need to hop on a plane to pick up the latest copy of a British newspaper. Just head on over to The Daily Mail, or the Telegraph, or the Evening Standard. What's popular in other countries isn't necessarily popular here. You're guaranteed to find at least a few names you've never heard of.

Where did you find your baby's name?


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