I had an experience that I had to share, and it works so well for this thread.
Last week i was visiting a friend, her husband, her husband's parents and her parents. My dear friend is utterly, obscenely pregnant. (seriously, the fact that she walks amazes even her. This has little to do with the story, except it give you a more accurate picture.) She and her husband have decided to name the child Rodrick Ari. Which i think is kinda nice. But her parents want the baby named "Arnold Micheal" and his want it named "Charles Dyke"
But she and her husband are agreed on the name. And so, among the arguements (LOUD arguements.) she suddenly stood up, picking up her husband's cane and waved it at all assembled, announcing. "If you don't all give this up, so help me, I'll name the baby Baelfire!"
Now her husband really does want to name the baby Baelfire.
And this is why several of my friends have elected to keep the baby's name a secret until birth. Gender might be revealed, but not name.
With my first son, I chose the name Levi. This is paired with a very German last name, and the first thing my grandmother said is "that sounds too *blue faith*!" Now, our family is all *red faith*, but is it really such a bad thing to sound *blue*?
All the names suggestions that have been thrown at me for my kids (#3 due any day now) just made me want to announce 'Any further name suggestions will be permanently removed
from our list of consideration. Yeah. Just to spite you.'