Secrecy about baby names has been the subject of research. Of the parents who know what name they have chosen for their baby, 71.2 % won’t share that knowledge with others until after the child is born, while 28.8 % do reveal the name. In some cultures, like the Chinese, it’s absolutely forbidden to give away the name. It’s thought to be harbinger of bad luck. The African Masai only name their child when it’s a year old. This gives them time to find a good name that suits the child’s personality.
Our advice: If you decide to keep the name a secret, but are afraid that another couple you know might pick the same name, only tell them the first letter of the name you have in mind. It’s always handy to keep some alternative names you like in reserve.