When it comes to naming babies, parents fall into a couple of categories. First, they are either deciders or wait-and-see-ers. Then, they are either tellers or keep-it-a-secret-ers. (Don't you like my technical titles there?)
Some decide early on the name that their offspring will have. Whether it's a family name or just a name they like, they speak of their yet-unborn child using his/her name. This can backfire; if, for some reason the name doesn't fit the child, the gender was unknown/wrong, or for various other reasons. But the majority I know who choose beforehand, follow through.
My sister is one of these.
Then there are those like me, who cannot, for the life of them, decide on a name without seeing the baby. While Tom and I talk about potential names beforehand, and even bring it down to a list of 5-10, we don't make the final decision till post-birth. And with Rico it wasn't even till the next day (though he was born at 2 in the afternoon). But even though we make a list, neither Rico's nor Louie's names were on our lists going in, so we're not very good at it.
Some people broadcast their chosen name (or names, if they aren't quite sure) to the world and let all in their acquaintance weigh in on the choice. Some with a "here's the name, think what you will" approach, and others in the attitude of "here's what we're thinking, what do you think?". But whether or not they are looking for opinions, they get them.
Again, my sister falls into this category.
Then, some keep it intentionally or subconsciously a secret. I have met people who have decided on a name, but choose to keep it under wraps until the infant arrives. Personally, though we have names under discussion, I tend to tell people those names on the bottom of the list when they (inevitably) ask what we're thinking.
Both Ella and her given name were fairly high on our list of possibilities, but no one knew we were considering them, because when they asked, I would tell them we liked Olivia, Anne, Grace, and other names that we had talked about, and not ruled out, but were not what I might consider highly likely.
When I was pregnant with Rico, I was fairly sure that we would end up naming him Wayne. But when people asked, I mentioned names like Peter, William, and Thomas II, but knowing that those options were lower on our list.
Same with Louie. Our top name for most of the pregnancy was Katherine, and we considered Marseille, (like the city in France: "Mar-say,") but I don't think I told anyone that, except Sarah, and only because she grilled me.
If you have kids, what is your m-o? If you don't, what method do you think you will adopt? Do you think one is better than the other?