As soon as we found out that we were having girl, we started discussing baby names. I actually wrote a post last year about our differences in our preferences. It turned out that mine were more old fashioned (or old lady names according to my husband) and his were – in his words more ‘modern’. Although not that modern in my opinion, because they all would have been more at home in the Top Ten Girl Names for 1985 not 2017!
When we chose Finley’s name four years previously we were pretty much on the same page throughout – not too old, not too unique – something that could be shortened if he wished. But naming a girl proved more difficult and how we ended up with Niamh I’m still not quite sure! It suits her perfectly of course, I can’t imagine her being called anything else now but it certainly wasn’t a name either of us considered in the beginning.
Recently I was asked to test out a new baby naming app called Namey and it would have been great to have known about this last year. It’s unique in the sense that it suggests names based on the individuality of your family rather than just throwing Top Ten lists at you. You can search for names via existing siblings or parents names, by characteristics, name origin or by first name letter.
So I thought I’d have some fun and find out according to Namey, what we should have called Niamh!
- Search by mothers name Sarah: Sadie or Sally
- Search by sibling name Finley : Kelly or Lexi
- Search by characteristic (they didn’t have h-angry) so went for strong willed : Brianne or Megan or Nina
Interestingly, Megan is Niamh’s middle name as it came a close second. I can’t say I’m a big fan of Sally however…
According to Namey, Finley means Fair Hero which is just right as he’s beautifully blonde and such a trooper. Niamh means bright and radiant, she’s currently showcasing her newly discovered beaming smile so its spot on for her too.
Namey has a database of over 25k names, from many different origins including English, European and Asian. You can save your picks and then create polls, getting your friends and family to vote on their favourites. You can download Namey from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for 99p.
*This post was written in collaboration with Namey, however all personal facts and opinions expressed are my own. I do not receive any commissions or benefits from readers downloading this app*