My Daughter's Name Matches Her Birthday!

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Our favorite girl's name, the only one we can agree on, is June. We picked it before we got pregnant and now we are due in June! Is it too tacky to name your child after the month she is born in?

- June Mom

I've received questions like this many times ... in reverse. The usual refrain is "Can we name our daughter April even if she's born in September?" Parents worry that a mismatched month is confusing, inappropriate or even false advertising.

Yet, here you sit with the happy coincidence of your baby's birth month matching the name you chose. And instead of high-fiving over your good luck, you're worrying that the month match is "tacky."

I do get where you're coming from. You're afraid the name you chose as a gentle classic will come across as a gimmick, instead. Well, you can rest easy. Ninety-nine percent of the people June meets in her lifetime won't know or care when she was born. The coincidence that looms so large as your due date approaches will quickly fade as your daughter grows up.

The key factor is that June really is a classic name. A girl named October or November can expect to be asked about her name's origins for the rest of her life. June, though, sits so comfortably as a name that it requires no explanation. (When you meet a Faith or a Lily do you ask about her parents' religious beliefs or their gardening skills?)

So, choose your favorite name in comfort. I think you'll find that most people will greet the name June as a very pleasant surprise, any time of year.

What did you worry about when you named your babies? Share your experiences here. And if you have your own question to Ask the Name Lady, drop her a line!

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.