Our Baby Name Story

I’ve been seeing several articles lately about the possible trends in baby names this 2015. Browsing through the lists suddenly made me remember how we came up with our Little Troublemaker’s name.




According to Baby Center, the top five names for 2015 are Liam, Noah, Jacob, Mason and Jackson for boys (Ethan was number 6!) and Emma, Olivia, Ava, Sophia, and Isabella for girls.

Although “Ethan” seemed to be a trend even last year in baby names, we did not choose it from a list. It was purely coincidental.

I was still working in Makati at the time, and my friend and I were on the weekend shift and we barely had any calls coming in that day. We decided to watch a movie on one of the computers and I do not know why I agreed to watching “Sinister”, but I did. So while we were watching I was already chatting with my husband about coming up with a baby name – an excuse to keep my eyes of the screen because seriously the movie was too scary. LOL. When I realized that the movie was starring Ethan Hawke, I thought “Hey, Ethan is a nice name..”. And just when I was about to send a message to my husband suggesting “Ethan”, he beat me to it by milliseconds and typed “Ethan” too!

He knew I was watching a movie but he didn’t know what movie it was, so he could not have gotten the same idea from the movie I was watching at the time. He said he just thought of it randomly. Pure coincidence! We took it as a sign that it was the perfect name for our son. I know it might sound “mababaw”, but hey, what were the odds that we would come up with the same name at the same time? We added a second name using the last name of the front man of one of my husband’s favorite bands.

After doing some research I found out that the name Ethan means strong and enduring in Hebrew – a suitable name for a boy. When I found out that it was a pretty common name, I didn’t mind. I didn’t need to give him a ridiculously unique name that was impossible to spell or pronounce. His second name made him unique enough, plus we felt that “Ethan” was just perfect for him. No other names sounded right.


How did you come up with your little one’s name? Share your story in the comments section!


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  1. Hello!! Cute naman. I did not help with the names. It was my Panget who did that. Assignment niya yan for our 2 kids. Well. We love to watch American TV shows. So for our daughter – he got the names of the 2 female leads of his *favorite* Sci-Fi show – Serenity/Firefly. We just spelled it differently. If you google Kailee Inara – the show will come out. He wanted something different too!

    As for our son – Well, he was really into naming him Maximus after The Gladiator (movie) because he says its very *manly* but I didn’t like it at all. But when I gave birth – he thought of the name Connor – and it was nice! I liked it very much. Connor came from The Terminator (John Connor) while his second name is Bryce (I picked this because I sooo loved Matt Bomer – and it’s the name of his character in the show Chuck – Bryce Larkin)

    So there you have it!

    I’m sure if I have more kids – their names will come from TV characters parin.

    Love, Didi
    P.S. I hope I didn’t bore you!! Hihi..

    1. Hi Didi,

      No, I didn’t get bored at all! I love it when moms share their baby name stories. I like the name Connor, personally I prefer it over Maximus. And naming your daughter after Kaylee and Inara, it sounds lovely put together! I always thought Inara would be an awesome name for a baby girl, but now I realized it works better as a second name.

      Nicole πŸ™‚

  2. hi! i like ethan, too. idk but i like names with ‘th’ and ‘sh’ :). so we named our daughter, mariana coraline lol. kidding aside, we got mariana from the mother of my husband which is ma. ana and coraline from neil gaiman’s book. si husband nag-isip πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Coi,

      I’m a huge Gaiman fan! And I think Mariana works better than just plain Maria. LOL yung part about liking ‘th’ and ‘sh’ tapos walang ganun sa name ng daughter mo. Haha. But, it’s very unique.

      Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚


  3. Aww! Galing naman! This is the first time I heard a couple picked exactly the same name for their child. Most of the time magkaiba. Haha! Super cute post! β™₯

    Anyway, with my 2 girls I don’t have the same pattern in choosing their names. Basta, I just want it to be unique. For my firstborn, her second name was after her father, we just added -le para tunog pambabae. Then for my second naman, when she was still in my tummy, my husband and I really wanted a boy, so we claimed that our next baby is a HE. Sobrang excitement ata, we had our baby boy’s name prepared months ahead before my last sonogram. Ayun came my last ultrasound schedule, we found out that our baby, whom we supposed to be a HE is actually a SHE! Lol. But we didn’t ditch the name. To keep the uniqueness, I gave her a boy’s name. Hahaha! My daughter’s names btw are Zxaira Noelle and Rameses Caleb. β™₯

    1. Hi Ruth,

      How unique! Do you call your second Caleb? I find it cute, a girl with a guys name. And they it’s a trend nowadays – girls with guy’s names, however, her name is definitely one of a kind! πŸ™‚ And Noelle is a pretty name, very feminine! My mom was supposed to name me that based on a character she saw in a French movie, but she forgot the actual name and since it was French she assumed it was Nicole. She only found out later that it was actually Noelle!

      Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  4. Nice story. Kulit nung coincidence. πŸ™‚ Ako naman, I named my daughter Yanna Elizabeth. I adapted how my parents named me and my sister. First name starts with Y, and the second name is from a saint/angel’s name. For my baby boy naman, we named him Joaquin Yves. Since boy na, I agreed to have the first name starting with J kasi J din si daddy and upon research, saint din ang Joaquin, then Yves, counterpart ng Yvonne for boys and it means little archer so tuwang tuwa ang daddy kasi he graduated from DLSU (green ARCHER) :p

  5. This made me reminisce the time when I was thinking of possible names! ha ha ha. I have four kids namely, Jersey Denise, Memphis, Wyatt and Elsen. I got Jersey from The Coyote Ugly movie, because I love Violet’s character there- she had a strong personality.. Memphis naman from the movie, Gone in 60 seconds. πŸ™‚ Memphis Reign. My third born, Wyatt, was from the movie Wyatt Earp, when I researched about it, aba, totoo! warrior nga itong bata na ito ha ha ha.. πŸ™‚ Lastly, Elsen Terence, was a combination of my Mother-In-Law’s and husband’s name. πŸ™‚

  6. I don’t think your reason for choosing your son’s name is mababaw. In fact, I think it was meant to be. πŸ™‚

    My kids names are Zoe, Ziya and Zeth (most popularly known as Ziggy… yes, “Z” pa din, hahaha!). I’ve always loved the name Zoe. I got it from a Sweet Dreams novel when I was in high school. Loved it coz it means “life”. Then, for my second daughter, I wanted to keep the “Z” trend and chose Ziya because it wasn’t too common and it means “light”. So, obviously, for my son we opted to go with another Z name and really liked Ziggy because it was cool (like Ziggy Marley the musician). But we didn’t think it was strong enough for a first name. So, we kept Ziggy as his nickname but chose Zeth instead for his first name. πŸ™‚

  7. Name choosing is very significant for new parents and sometimes it needs some brain storming. You had chosen a nice name and for sure your son will live up to it. Our means of naming new baby in the family is by combining some syllables from mom, dad and of course the grandparents para everybody happy. Got my nickname “Macy” from my mom’s and lola’s May+Marcy=Macy. Trivial it is but the legacy lives on. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜‰

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