My point is that I've had lots of time to consider baby names, even before there was a boy to name. Over the years, I have formed several 'rules' regarding baby names:
First, no juniors. I have enough trouble remembering my husband's first name now, and if he and my son had the same name? It wouldn't make things easier, that's for sure. You'd think that it would, but you would be wrong. My head would explode.
Second, put a rhythm to the name. Mix it up--if the first name has only one syllable, the second name can have two, etc. Give the name some rhythm, just for those days when you've yelled your child's name at least 5 times that hour. Zane's name has a nice rhythm, and if you say his full name repeatedly, as I do, you could probably dance to it.
Third, that name needed to have a bit of pizzazz. A normal sounding name, but not the same name as every other kid. I didn't want to yell my son's name and have 300 other kids with the same name come running. The name Zane is unusual enough, but there are very few kids with that name, unlike the 14,000 girls around here named Madison, Madysin, Madisyn, etc.
Fourth, keep the oddness to a minimum. Weird spelling? Nope. I did not want my son held back in Kindergarten because he was unable to spell his own name. That would just be cruel. Zane is a simple name.
Fifth, ask the question: Will my child get beaten up for having this name? Naming your kid Chastity? Vanity? Destiny? Kiss of death, socially. I used to get picked on; the kids would call me "teeny-weeny", something I would not wish on my child. Or would I? I had a heck of a right hook, the benefit of learning to defend myself.
Sixth, consider sports or clubs. Will your child's name sound great on the PA system? If not, you might want to reconsider naming your child Worthington Codrup Johnson Smith III. My kid's name will sound just fine on the PA when he walks up to get his high school diploma.
Seventh, is there meaning in the name? Zane is supposed to be a derivative of the name John, which means "God is gracious" in Hebrew and "Godly light" in Hindi. And Zane is indeed a godly, if energetic, light, and God is indeed gracious for giving him to us. Now, if only he can live up to all that hype.
Mamakat's prompt: 5.) Share how you came up with your kids names!