13 September 2011

Baby Face: Names & Such

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

Babies are such a nice way to start people
-Don Herrold

[Adorable monkey hat available via Cite Fuzz]

A few observations I've made recently...

* In the UK, I see fewer sets of twins and triplets than in the US *

I suspect this could be due to the NHS not widely covering fertility treatments
(and fertility issues are talked about in a whisper)

* International adoptions are very complicated and uncommon in the UK *

Therefore, when I see a child of a different descent than his/her parent,
I assume the other parent is of the same descent as the child

Whereas in the US, I would guess the child was adopted internationally

* Neither cesareans nor inductions are common in the UK *

* Pap smears ('smear tests') & mammograms are not performed annually here *
(every three years, depending on age)


I thought you might enjoy seeing the ten most popular baby names :)

BTW, I'm not pregnant,
just have baby on the mind
since I met our newest little neighbor next door

Just 5 weeks old


Thank you for all the well-wishes about Hurricane Katia blowing this way
She arrived with some wind and rain, but thankfully not much 'whoop'

As for my cleanse, I am in my last week
It has been great and can't wait to tell you all about it when I'm 'done'

As for your thoughts, prayers, and support,
you are truly appreciated :)

You're the best!



Liene said...

The numbers do make you think... I am pregnant with my second, and the more research I do, the happier I am that we live in France now (1st was born in US). And thanks for getting me thinking about names!

Tai Tai said...

So many names to choose from!! We're going through that process at the moment for our little one......Big decision and so hard to make it!! Thanks for the inspiration x

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Great to see 'my' Alfie and Charlie are in the UK top ten, but to their nanny they are both No.1

Barbara said...

Love it! We are in the middle of trying to decide on a name for baby #2 and have the hardest time! I always love to see the differences between the UK and US as far as names are concerned. I'm surprised that for the boys William is the only name they had in common.

Zosia said...

My daughter's name is Lilla and people often call her Lily. We have a couple of toddlers in our family (my nephews' children) so I get my baby fix every time I see them :-).

T's Daily Treasures said...

My boys certainly wouldn't make the list with the names Yusef and Zackariah. :) I've always loved the name Emily. If I had a girl, she would have been named Hannah.

I think c-sections are common in the States because they cost more and everyone is out to make money. Plus, some folks think having a c-section is easier than actually going natural. I can't believe anyone is allowed to choose surgery without cause. I certainly wouldn't want it unless absolutely necessary. Both my boys were born here with no pain medication.

Hope you are having a good day. Tammy

Erin S. said...

It is interesting to see what kind of health care results from wanting to save money vs. make money. I liked how there was better preventative care and far fewer unneeded pregnancy/birth interventions in the UK. Of course, if I was a person who really wanted fertility treatments or some other expensive procedure not covered by NHS, I would probably feel differently. We named our 9-year-old Sophie (she was born in England) and then moved back to the States. Being Sophie and not Sophia is the bane of her existence--mostly because she never finds personalized merchandise in her name LOL. We'll have to go back to England for a visit and stock up on mugs and little license plates :).

beetree said...

That baby is adorable!!! Love to see those name lists- it's so interesting when they are really different. :)

loveandlilac said...

Love the baby photo. The more traditional names seem popular both sides of the pond.
Rates of cesareans have increased considerably over the last decade. In some London hospitals they account for 40% of births (I work in the NHS).

Magali @ The Little White House said...

I'm crazy about names, probably because being childless I never had to pick one! But I love finding out what clever names my pupils have each year. More and more American names are given to children here in France... But usually with weird pronunciations... Meaning the pupils correct me if I say "Ethan" the right way, for example, telling me "Miss, it's EZAN, please!".

Rachel said...

it's my baby girl's first birthday today, so this post seems so appropriate as i reflect on our exciting day a year ago! :) had she been a boy, she would have been an oliver--not super common in the u.s.
my friend from scotland once told me that it is an extra cost to find out baby's gender in an ultrasound, and therefore is uncommon for people to find out during pregnancy. have you found that to be true in england? we were definitely in the minority over here when we chose NOT to find out gender with our first two. baby girl, however, we decided to give it a try. fun both ways! :) thanks for the cute post.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

That baby is adorable! My boy Michael made the USA list! Woo hoo! Glad to hear Katia was uneventful. :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

@Loveandlilac - great insight - thanks!

@ Rachel - I don't know enough to make a general statement, but those I have known here were aware of the gender before the birth. Now you have me wondering...

demie said...

seams UK has a lot of common with Norway after all... this baby picture is just adorable : )

aBroad said...

Very interesting because we see so many twins here in Buenos Aires that we wonder about it. Old ones, middle aged ones, little bitty ones, so we can't blame in on fertility treatments .. The best was a pair of very old ladies, still dressed exactly alike .. walking together, chatting away ..

Pom Pom said...

Interesting,the baby names. Oh, I love the smell of newborns.

Emily said...

I have so enjoyed catching up on the past 3 posts. Thanks for giving us a tour of the Wey; your photos seemed to have brought dreams to life. I also found this post particularly fascinating. As always, you find the most interesting topics!

Privet and Holly said...

This is so much
fun. Love seeing
the different names
and hearing about
the cultural differences,
too. We are very
blessed with our health
care in the USA; I
have two fertility
babies to prove it : )
Glad you weathered
the storm okay!!
xx Suzanne

Hines-Sight said...

I love baby names. I see my son's name is popular over there now, but fading here. Jack.

Love this post. Leigh

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I just stopped by because you introduced yourself. I have spent most of the evening checking out your blog, reading about your diet, where to go in London, and what to do when moving across the pond. You have a fun blog and a great read. I'm enjoying this a bunch!

Town and Country Gals said...

Love the baby picture, adorable! It's always fun to see what names are popular here and other places and how they change over the years. Picking a name is such a big important decision! My children's names are Christopher, Aaron and Alexandra Kate, and I did want to know if it was a boy or girl. Very interesting about the health care differences. So glad you made it ok thru the storm!

Anita Bonney said...

Thanks for the blogging help!!!! All sorted now!

lesley - The Bathtime team

chris said...

Just popping in to say "hello". I'm very curious to see how your cleanse goes. I think I may have to do something similar, but have been too weak to do it.

MrsDG@TalesFromHomemadeHouse said...

I am loving that baby hat!!! (so broody right now!!). Interesting facts on pregnancy and birth...which do you prefer, the British way or the American way? Sad to see only one of my children's names are in the top 10 (they all used to be!!), we have a mix of American and English names with Zak, Holly, Isabella and Tom (ok technically isabella is probably from Italian descent but it's the only one of them in the US top 10 for girls!) :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

@TalesFromHH: Well, since you asked, I actually like the American way better because I feel that the patient has more control over their health care course. I have many US friends who have families because of fertility treatments. But in all fairness, I am not familiar enough with the NHS to make a fair judgement :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It was interesting to see the different choices of names and to discover which are currently popular.

MrsDG@TalesFromHomemadeHouse said...

I agree, I do think there are more options in the US in regards to fertility treatment, over here it's a very limited and expensive process and if you are covered for it under the NHS you are limited in the amount of attempts...which is a shame and I feel strong sympathy for anyone who struggles to conceive. :)

Elizabeth Gilmore said...

Wow what a cutie! I like checking out the list of baby names (I am not pregnant either, but I like cursing for ideas). William is one of my all time favorites.


christy said...

Interesting: most of my favourite names are on the UK lists!

KimberlyJ said...

I have baby on the brain too... not sure what I want to do with that. The name lists were interesting. New addition to Vernon's family was named Saffron Louise. I thought that was a very English, very pretty name.

Jo said...

I really enjoy reading your take on British-ness and the comparisons you make between the UK and the US. As a brit living in Australia I find myself often making similar comparisons and finding out new things that surprise me; linen here is called Manchester! That one confused me no end! :)

Baby Names said...

Naming a baby is very important and crucial decision taken by the parents. Family members start suggesting names for a little baby and even parent do indulge in internet researching to look for a particular name according to their choice.

Tamil Boy Girl Names said...

That baby is adorable!!! Love to see those name lists- it's so interesting when they are really different. :)

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