My nephew Jake is 3.5 years old and he’s excited to become a big brother. His mom (my sister) is expecting in mid-June. Jake is adamant that the baby is a boy because he wants a “bubby.” In fact, he called his most recent cousin (my Lilly) “Bubby Willy” for a while because he was kind of in denial that she was another girl cousin. Jake is also adamant that his new baby’s name will be Isaac. Of the list that my sister and bro-in-law are considering, that is the only one Jake likes, and he insists he’s getting a brother named Isaac. The ultrasound will (hopefully!) give us the verdict soon, and we’ll know if Jakes is right.
My sister has several boy names on her list, but she was having trouble coming up with any girl names she really liked. We came up with our girls’ names pretty easily, but I did have fun searching several baby name websites just to get ideas, meanings of names, etc. There are several good sites out there if you just google “baby names”. Another neat place to search is on the Social Security web page, where you can enter a year to find out the most popular baby names, going as far back as 1880. www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/
I have to be mindful of character names when scheduling and contracting new Heartsongs. I don’t want to have too many like-named characters in the four books that will release to club members in the same shipment. Lately we’ve seen a lot of female characters named Ellie or Lily or Lilly, which, of course, I think is a great name, but we still can’t name every girl that. :)
I’ve blogged before about walking through cemeteries to find inspiration for names. What websites, tools, or inspiration do you use when your characters are born in your mind and you’re naming them?