Okay, a little silly -- do you really need a book for this? A quick Google search turns up all kinds of links about rock and roll baby names (like this, this, and this). But it's a topic that's near and dear to my heart. Here's why:
When we found out that we were expecting a girl, The Professor and I started brainstorming baby names at brunch 30 minutes later -- something we had been doing for weeks but not very seriously (mostly involving my husband coming up with names that rhymed with our last name, then laughing hysterically). Our favorite name website? Nymbler -- so much fun to enter different "favorites" and find out what else the site thought we might like as a result!
We generated a list of about 15 names, then decided to "sit on it" for a week. After our waiting period was over, we revisited the list and each picked out our top two favorites, then compared them. One name appeared on both -- and so we agreed that the decision-making was over! It's a name I've always liked with a great mythological connection and it's unique enough to be different, but not totally wacky.
Little did I know that one of the main reasons it made my husband's "top picks" list was because there's a classic rock song with her name in it. At first, it sort of made me cringe (are we really going to be THOSE parents?!) but now I think it's pretty awesome. I always wanted a boy to be able to serenade me with a song that used my name, but Courtney doesn't seem to be a favorite amongst the power ballad set...
If we ever have another daughter, I'd seriously consider limiting our name choices to another one featured prominently in a song (Cecilia? Prudence? Valerie?). Otherwise, I tend to love names that are on the obscure side: Greer, Blythe, Siobhan, Maren. For boys, I've always loved the idea of naming a son after one of my favorite literary characters: either this one or this one (why are the only links about him on websites where you can buy pre-written term papers? I strongly disapprove and am going to have to write a tribute post at some point to improve his search engine results).
How about you? How did you pick your little one's name? What names are on your "if I ever have a baby" list (and are they the same ones you fantasized about in high school -- admit it, you totally had a list then too!)?
p.s. I really need to come up with a better abbreviation than "L" to use for my daughter -- maybe one of the nicknames we have for her? Or maybe I should just cave and start using her real name, privacy be damned...