Are boys' names harder to pick than girls' names?

The photogenic couple is stuck for boys' names.
The photogenic couple is stuck for boys' names.  Photo: Shuttertstock

When I had my first child, I didn't find out whether I was having a boy or a girl, so my partner and I set about choosing names for each. Our girl's name was chosen by the time I was around six months pregnant, but our boy's name was so hotly contested, we were still arguing about it as he drove me to the hospital.

We just couldn't agree. Sometimes we'd settle on a first name, but then a few weeks later one of us would change their mind. We'd see it somewhere on a piece of industrial equipment, or some douchie sportsman with that name would say something stupid – and we'd be back to the drawing board.

I'd been labouring for 12 hours already when my partner drove me over every speedbump in the neighbourhood en route to the hospital, and he still wouldn't give in to me. I couldn't believe it.

So when our baby emerged into the world, we were both delighted – and not a little bit relieved – to see we had a baby girl. Phew, crisis averted!

Chrissy Teigen agrees, boys are harder to name. She appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday and talked about her impending arrival with husband singer John Legend.

"I am having a baby boy in the spring. I will tell you – it's June," she said.

But Chrissy and John cannot come up with a name.

"Boy names are really tough," she said. "I don't even think he will have a middle name because we can't even think of a first name."

Chrissy explained it was much easier coming up with daughter Luna's name.


"There was a blood moon happening. It was a very beautiful night, really big vivid red moon and just gorgeous," she told Ellen. "I have a love for space. I think about space camp all the time and my days at space camp as a youngster. And so I thought Luna was just perfect."

As for my son, I am not ashamed to say that after months of listening to appalling names from my partner, and equally shocking him with my ideas (which were brilliant, by the way), we took the easy way out. We named our son after my partner's great grandfather: Thomas Henry.

Sure, it won't set the world on fire, but it's a good solid name that will serve him through life. And he was probably about two months old when I stopped even thinking he could have been anything else.

Now he's seven, and he's such a Tom. I wouldn't have it any other way.