'We’re screwed if this kid is a boy': mum-to-be asks why it's harder to name sons than daughters

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Naming any baby is a big responsibility, but is the decision a tougher one if you welcome a baby boy into the world? Lots of parents believe it most definitely is.

One woman, currently in her third trimester, begged reddit users for help choosing baby boy names. The stressed out mama-to-be has not found out the gender of her unborn baby and is worried if she has a son, she will struggle to name him.

"I'm currently 35 weeks pregnant and we decided not to find out the sex of the baby. I have about 20 girl names I LOVE and zero boy names," she wrote. "We're screwed if this kid is a boy."

The woman is not alone with her dilemma - her comments prompted by another mum-to-be's post on the issue. 

"I could list a hundred girls names I love off the top of my head but would greatly struggle to name ten boys names," the woman posted.

"Why why why??? Is this just me? I can't explain why, girls' names seem just so much nicer and easier to love. Perhaps boys' names tend to be more traditional and, consequently, more common. I'm not sure but it's so frustrating. Anyone else?"

And it's not just mere mortals that have struggled with naming their baby boys - everybody's favourite celebrity mum Chrissy Teigen spoke about her own difficulties choosing a boys' name when pregnant with her second child two years ago.

"Boy names are really tough," Teigen said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2018. "I don't even think he will have a middle name because we can't even think of a first name."


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Teigen 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 said. "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."

In the end Teigen and husband John Legend ended up choosing the very lovely name of Miles Theodore for their son.

Back over on reddit, most readers agreed the task of coming up with a boys' name is trickier than choosing a moniker for a baby girl.  

However one woman said she had more difficulty choosing a girls' because she thinks they all sound the same.

"A lot of girls names sound very similar because of the pervasive 'a' or 'ee' sound endings: like Anna, Emily, Emma, Mia, Lily, etc," she wrote. "Whereas I found a wider variety in sounds for boy names."

Others said it wasn't coming up with boy names that was difficulty, but agreeing on a name with their partner was tricky.

"I do like a few boy names though not many ... my husband likes NONE!" a woman wrote.

"I'm glad we're having a girl because he vetoed every boy option!"