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3 Ideas for What to Do When You and Your Partner Disagree Over Baby Names

ideas-for-what-to-do-when-you-and-your-partner-disagree-over-baby-namesIt’s no surprise that soon-to-be parents won’t always agree on everything, no two people could. But what do you do when you can’t agree on a name for your baby?

Here are three ideas for how you can get on the same page about baby names:


Both parents should separately make a list of names they like — pick your top 10 to 15 names. Then compare lists — if you have something in common, great. If not, be open to the other’s picks and try not to veto anything right away. Try using combinations from each person’s list for first and middle names. Maybe a combination will work as a compromise. If dad likes Archer and mom likes David, then Archer David or David Archer might be the right name for you.


If you can’t agree on a name, agree on a name meaning. Then go through the names that fit your definition and start your list over together with names that are meaningful for both of you.


Pull out your family trees and look for names that show up on both. You might not have come up with the name on your own, but seeing the family history may convince you to change your mind.

These are just a few ideas for how you can handle those sticky name disagreements. Put them to the test and see what happens. I’m sure you will be able to come up with a name that you both love!

Have any other good tips? Comment or email me and I’ll share some of the ideas in a future blog post.

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Happy naming ♥ Amanda


3 thoughts on “3 Ideas for What to Do When You and Your Partner Disagree Over Baby Names

  1. We are currently in this stage. I’m pregnant with our 3rd. I have my top 5, he has his top 5. So we are taking a day and calling the baby that name for the day, testing it out. Then at the end of the day we vote yay or nay. Then the next day it’s on to the other persons list. I think we have decided on a name using this idea!


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