A baby`s name is arguably the most important thing that a parent will ever choose for her son or daughter. As an over-thinker, this is the one thing that has been causing me the most anxiety during my pregnancy.
Today I am stuck at home with a cold... ewww... a horrible cough which is made so much worse by the dry dry dry Japanese winter. I currently have a steamer / humidifer going and Yoshi convinced me to wear a mask (as it should trap moist air around my mouth).
Being stuck at home with lots of time to kill, and easy access to the internet, today is a big name-searching day.
Let me tell you what I am thinking about so far.
Of course Yoshi is Japanese, and I am from New Zealand with a mostly English (from the UK) background. We both think that a name that is easy for people (in any country) to pronounce is one of the most important things. Obviously the baby`s surname is Japanese, so Yoshi doesn`t want a really Japanese name as the first name.
- can you read the names on the list below? These are the top baby names in Japan from 2009... For boys, Hiroto, Shouta, Ren, Souta, Sora, Yuuto, Yuuto (with different Kanji), Yuuma, Eita, Shou. For girls, Rin, Sakura, Hina, Yua, Yuna, Miu, Yui, Aoi, Miyu, Misaki.
When Yoshi was living in Canada (during high school) he said he always wanted an English name (like John!) because some people had trouble pronouncing his double-barrelled first name; Yoshinori. So he really wants a typical English name for our son.
My mum and dad are teachers, I changed schools a lot when I was growing up, and now I am a teacher in Japan (kids and adults). One of the results of all this... I have met so many people with so many different names during my life. It is so hard to pick a name that doesn`t make me think of someone I knew before.
I would love to find a name that can be written in Japanese (with Kanji characters) and that also can be written and easily identified in English. Unfortunately, there are quite a few girls` names like this in Japan (for example Emma or Naomi), but not so many boys` ones.
I have a few names on a short list, but am not quite ready to share yet. Any ideas from you all?