I have spent far, far too much time reading baby name websites and blogs, trying to find a name for my daughter that I love as much as I love Clownfish's and Angelfish's names. The two backup names for AF are still in the mix, with one being a strong contender. But I still feel as if Boo's name is "out there" and I just haven't found it yet. I never really struggled like this with my other two kids, so its weird to see how much mental energy this has consumed of late.
I have lots of "rules." I don't want a name that's too popular/currently trendy. I love names of Irish origin, but lots of the great ones have been taken by close family. Bullshark kills many of the remaining great Irish girl names with his insistence that a name should be spelled roughly like it sounds. (I pick on him, but really, its not an unreasonable requirement. Would the average American teacher know that Aoife is really just Eva? Or that Ciara is Kira, not see-AR-ah or sierra or key-air-ah?)
For example, we liked Caitlin. Ranked # 340 in 2010. But with at least 24 recognized variations on the spelling of that name -- see wikipedia page -- and with some of those variations cracking the top 100 in popularity ... the cumulative effect makes it a non-starter.
Its surprising to me that I've become "that mom."