Well, I’m a husband so here’s my opinion…
I feel I’m a little bit in the minority because I am even on this web site…most of my friends had never heard of our daughter’s name, [name]Gemma[/name], before–but they liked it because it sounded familiar and kind of like [name]Jenna[/name] and [name]Emma[/name], I suppose. My wife is a little more adventurous about names than I am, but in general, here’s my criteria:
Nothing with a made up spelling…I can’t stand the [name]Jayden[/name] trend. I wouldn’t choose a trendy name for my kid that would date them to a specific decade. That said, I tend to like classic names that have an edge to them, or at least a little bit of hipness to them…ie: [name]Henry[/name], [name]Samuel[/name], [name]Graham[/name], [name]Ruby[/name], [name]Eloise[/name], [name]Clementine[/name] (love it/hate it name), [name]Pearl[/name], [name]Lucy[/name], but I also like names like [name]Sawyer[/name], [name]Finn[/name], [name]Benjamin[/name]. I think my affinity for these names is because I associate them with children and adults, they age well and I can picture the adult being a stand up guy. I associate [name]Sawyer[/name] and [name]Finn[/name] with literary [name]Mark[/name] [name]Twain[/name] rather than Glee and Lost. (American TV shows for those in other countries or those living without tv!).
For girls, I like names that have a sweet connotation, and also age well. [name]Lucy[/name] sounds like a nice, sweet daddy’s girl but also a friendly young adult and adult. [name]Gemma[/name] seems to me like a name that fits a baby and an adult as well. And it’s not heard every day.
My wife suggested [name]Atticus[/name] for a boy and while I like the name, I pictured myself calling up a friend and asking, [name]May[/name] I please speak with [name]Atticus[/name]?" It just didn’t sound right. Being a boy once myself, I pictured myself saying the name among friends or having the name and that’s how I formed my opinion.
I think the majority of dads don’t get this involved with the name and don’t have such strong opinions. I could be wrong, but most dads might like popular names because they are more inclined to seek approval of their friends and they simply haven’t done the research. I could be completely wrong about this. Then again, I can’t understand why a dad would want his kid to be named something totally out there like [name]Thor[/name] or Magnum. To me, that’s selfish as hell.
Maybe my ramblings made sense, maybe not.