Like many parents, we'll waffle on baby names for quite some time until we actually have to make a decision. Part of that is tied up in how we won't know a lot about the baby until we are chosen by a birth family. Another part is that we have enough problems choosing where to go to dinner some nights, so making a decision that will have a lifelong impact for our child is even tougher.
At this time, Andy and I are planning on doing some research into baby names to develop some short lists. We'll each create our own lists for boys and girls and then have those on hand to use as a go-to list if we suddenly have a last minute placement. Amazingly, the government will be helping us do this! The US Social Security Administration has an excellent database for history and statistics on baby names. They track the top 1,000 baby names for boys and girls of any year going back decades. Just for fun, I've included a quick screen grab of their Top 10 of 2011:
While we'll be using lists like these from the SSA website as a reference, feel free to post a comment with any suggestions you have. I know our friend Eric has already started lobbying for us to name a boy....Eric. Very stealthy of him.
In honor of Eric's efforts, here are some fun facts:
1. Eric was the 103rd most popular name for boys in 2011
2. The name Eric has been decreasing in popularity since it peaked in the mid 1970's
3. Our friend Eric is getting old.
4. Name rankings won't play a huge factor for us, so after ribbing Eric I might still be nice and put his name on the list :)