Baby Name Chat and Decision

Oh girls….I did it!!  Remember I told you how I was obsessed with all these baby names and John hated my #1 pick for a girl: Cassidy?  Well if you don’t remember go HERE and read that post then come back.

You back?


So…. Saturday night we’re talking about how a lotta popular Jamaican names stem from Irish Names (I didn’t want to believe it till I saw it for myself) and naturally, because I am a baby obsessed madwoman, I segued the conversation (quite smoothly I might add) to baby name talk….with “Cassidy is an Irish name you know….”  

LOL…..OK so it wasn’t smooth…but it did get us talking about baby names and Cassidy in particular.

PS: Cassidy means clever and curly haired…..our kids will likely be both.  C’mon. It just fits!!

I started saying her full name Cassidy Ann H over and over in different voices.  Then I started using her name in sentences like:
“Cassidy, come down for breakfast honey.”
“Cassidy, do you want to wear the blue dress or the yellow dress.”

John chimed by shouting:

Then he looked at me and said:

….wait for it…..

“What? She had a chainsaw in her hands and was about to fire it up!”

I died.

But was happy he was playing along.

So I took that opportunity to pounce and say how Cassidy just fits, and Ann (a popular name in his family) gives the history connection….and….SOLD!!!!

He agreed he liked Cassidy Ann and “doesn’t think it’s stupid anymore.” (great, thanks for that)

Cassidy for the win!!!

Another gem from that conversation: 

Me: “What do you think of the name Alexandria?”
Him: “No way, sounds too ghetto.”
Me: “That was gramma’s grandma’s name.
Him: :: pretended to be reading something enthralling to avoid having to say anything::

(sidebar: how the hell is Alexandria ghetto? It’s not like I suggested Alexandriaquelishiandrettayonce!!)

We moved on to boys names and he’s finally realized that no son of mine will have the first name Thomas.
Since we agree on Liam and Jack we’ll just have to fight it out for Thomas or Donald as the middle name.

  • Liam Thomas
  • Liam Donald
  • Jack Thomas
  • Jack Donald

I figure if we go with Jack (his dad’s name) then we’ll do Donald (my dad’s name) and if we do Liam (nobody’s dad’s name) we’ll go with Thomas (since John’s got such a hard on for it).

Which combo do you like?

Now the big question is….will he change his mind on these names before next year when little Cassidy or Liam or Jack pops out??

How many times did you change names before you decided on the one that stuck for your little ones? What are your favorite names right now?

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  1. Monique says

    I love the name Jack! Cassidy is also a really sweet name! We talk about names often and Josh usually shuts my choices down. We have agreed on a French boys name Jean Phillipe since Jean is my dad's name and Phillip is his dad. You two are so funny! Hope Cassidy is a go because it's quite sweet!

  2. Anonymous says

    liam thomas sounds good. but what if your beautiful baby girl doesn't look like a cassidy?;0

    just as long as you check the baby lists and avoid the popular names. i work at a school and see so many caitlins (spelled various ways), emilys, jennas, etc. but you might not care about those things.

    follow your bliss!

  3. Dani @ says

    @Ashley – I think that's my fave combo too.

    @Monique – Awwww Jean Phillipe! I feel like he's in a cafe beret and a striped shirt smoking a cig! OK that was such a stereotype lol but I like names that take me somewhere.

    @anonymous – lawd, if I named a newborn by looks alone they'd all be named turtle or birdie cuz thats what all newborns look like to me! And omg i did check the lists, cassidy is so unpopular! happily so. It's like in the 400s or something. I'll have to check the 2011 list when it comes out next year. Do you have any really weird names at your school?

  4. Jennelle says

    I like the name you have for a girl, and Liam Thomas sounds nice too. Laughing so hard at your conversations! How in the world is Alexandria 'ghetto'? lmao

  5. Dani @ says

    @Jennelle – I know!? It's such a classic name. Nothing 'ghetto' about it. He's a crazy person.

  6. Mrs. K says

    LMBO at Alexandria sounding ghetto. Too funny. I love the name Liam too. Cassidy is so cute! A lot of the Jamaican names do stem from Irish names and British names in general. That's because years ago there was a strong British and Irish presence in Jamaica. BTW–are you Jamaican?

    Hubby and I do talk baby names a lot and we don't usually agree either but what I say goes as far as that. Just kidding. Hopefully we'll come up with a name we both agree on when the time comes. :)

  7. Faith says

    omg, you both are tooo freaking funny! dying over here!

    i love the name Cassidy!!! i also like Jack Thomas!

    hope he doesn't change the girl name … it's perfect!

  8. Curly B. says

    Lmao… I don't see how Alexandria is ghetto either… Maybe he is from the train of thought that naming your child after a location (ie. Florida, Georgia) is ghetto? There's an Alexandria, Va near me. Maybe he knows about it? Lol. Either way, I love Cassidy.
    And I actually hate the name Liam (maybe because every Liam I know is a douche) but for some reason, Liam Thomas is absolutely adorable to me!

  9. Stephanie in Suburbia says

    LOL! Alexandriaquelishiandrettayonce. Awesome.

    I loooove Liam Thomas. But we're not even pregnant with our 2nd and having a horrible time coming up with names. We were toootally together on the Latina name we chose for Wee Burb. And now we're stuck.

  10. Dancy says

    Baha! Your man's funny. I love the names Liam & Jack. Liam's taken in my hubs fam & he doesn't like Jack – says it doesn't work well with our last name. I kinda like the sound of Jack Thomas – & if you hate it you can call him "JT" LOL

  11. Dani @ OK, Dani says

    @Mrs.K – I figured the names came from English decent. Yes on my mom's side.

    @Faith – thanks and me too, I'm crossing my fingers that it doesn't suddenly repulse him.

    @Curly B – isn't there one in Egypt or somewhere orver there? Thats where my mind goes when I hear it lol. Douchey Liams? Oh nooooo

    @Stephanie – are you going to stick w/ the Latin vibe for the next one?

    @Dancy – I was thinking JD I like the sound of it, for Jack Donald, but John said it sounded like a hillbilly. wtf, i can't win with this kid.

  12. Brandi Ford says

    LOLOLOLOL girl I am dying laughing over here at that chainsaw comment AND how he tried to lowkey act like he didn't hear you about where the name Alexandria came from! And no I don't see how it's a ghetto name either.

    Ya'll are too funny. I love the name Cassidy, that's my cousins name and she's cute as a button. The more you continue to call her that before she's even conceived the easier it'll be for him to fall in love with that name even more.

  13. Nini says

    Chris and I discuss baby names but I don't discuss them with anyone anymore. When I was pregnant the first time I shared my baby name with a friend, we were due about three months apart (she was due earlier). When her baby was born she gave it the name I was considering. I knew she stole it cause it wasn't even one of the names she was considering (Jayce). We didn't speak for about three years. Till finally she apologized she said she didn't have a name by the time labor came around and when the nurse asked all she could think of was the name I told her! Go figure. So now I just keep my mouth shut! But glad you guys have your names figured out. Cassidy is a cute name.

  14. says

    Baby names are such a huge decision! I ended up with names that I like well enough but don’t LOVE because I didn’t want to argue about it any more with my ex. But I love Cassidy and I love Liam…Just don’t spell it Leum (Oh, yes…I know someone who did…and it’s not nearly as cool a name when it’s spelled that way)

  15. says

    Ultimately, by the end of pregnancy I think the argument won over that as long as we agree on a couple names the woman (me) would always win…giving birth gives you top pick :)

  16. says

    LOL….so funny

    You do realize that posting these adorable names like this will only guarantee their popularity. In as, don’t be surprised that when leaving the hospital, with your sweet baby in arms, that there are at the least three other babies with the same name. Then, fast forward, ten other children in their preschool have the same name….and on it goes through the years. :-)

  17. says

    Coming up with our kids’ names was a bit of a challenge. Our first was a huge surprise and I took like 20 tests because I just couldn’t believe it – so her initials are CVS. Our second was also a surprise, but a boy this time…so we wanted to give him a more bada$$ set of initials – so he got MFS (mother f-in {our last name}. I’m hoping our 3rd is a girl (whenever we decide to have a 3rd) so her initials can be SAS…because she is going to have some major SAS to make it through life with her other 2 siblings ;)



    • says

      OMG That’s hysterical. All my life having initials DMF i’ve thought of dumb muther effer….but I’ve never shared that until today. lol

  18. says

    I like Liam Thomas. And Cassidy Ann.

    And I love your story! He’s right, you know. She shouldn’t have been playing with the chainsaw. Maybe you should story it in a locked cupboard.

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