I've always been interested in names. Ever since I was a child I've loved finding new and unique names to use in the little stories I wrote and for my dolls. When I was a teenager I even bought baby name books - not because I was pregnant, but because I was truly interested in names and the meaning behind them.
When I was 11 I wrote a little note to my future self, to be opened when I was 21, and I included some names I liked within this. Funnily enough, both of my sons full names appeared on this list, even though I didn't pick their names myself - but at least I've always liked them.
Tyler Lee is my first sons name, 'Tyler' being chosen by his father and 'Lee' being chosen by myself an hour before he was born as I was actually lying on the delivery bed. His name was originally going to be Taylor Lochlainn, but family but their two cents in and ridiculed it completely, which put us right off.
When I was pregnant my partner and I watched the movie 'Fight Club' and since that moment he was fixated with calling the baby Tyler - a subtle change from Taylor but still quite unique here in Ireland. The Tyler from Fight Club was everything we hoped our son would be - he makes every second count and lives each day as if it was his last, he doesn't live in the past or the future - he focuses on the now, he is carefree and lives his life without the greed to win or fear to lose...
The name Lee came to me an hour before he was born and I honestly don't know why I picked it there or then but it popped into my mind and seemed to go perfectly with the name Tyler. The Lee is also the name of the river in our city so I think that's a nice touch too.
Beau Samuel James is my second sons name, 'Beau' being chosen by his big brother and 'Samuel James' being chosen by myself.
Throughout my pregnancy I was keen to get Tyler involved and bonding with the baby before he even arrived, so one day I began reading out name suggestions to Tyler and once he heard the name Beau, that was it for him. He began referring to my bump as 'Baby Beau' and even to this day he still calls his baby brother this. He seemed to be really set on the name and refused to call the baby anything else so we went for it.
I love that Tyler named his baby brother and I think it'll be a lovely story to relay to them when they are old.
Samuel is a name I've loved for years, as is James and I always knew that if I ever had a son then James would be part of his name. It's a classic and strong name and one I've genuinely always loved.
Beau's name was originally just going to be 'Samuel James' but once his big brother got involved we had to add it on and honestly, I couldn't think of a more perfect name for him now - Beau meaning 'handsome' in French and that is something he most definitely is - I'm not biased at all.
I love my boys names and I love getting them items personalised with their names - as their names are quite uncommon where we're from. stuckonyou.uk has a lovely selection of products which can personalised with your little ones names. They also provide clothing labels, which are perfect for school-going kids or kids who take part in sports, etc. so that their clothes won't get mixed up with others in their classes or clubs.
What I really love about my sons names is that they're the only people on Earth with them as their surname is doubled barrelled, made up of my surname and their fathers, which is Polish. So I don't think I'll ever meet another Tyler or Beau N-S and honestly, I love that fact so much.
How did you choose your children's names? I love reading these types of stories!