Choosing a baby name can be one of the most fun and challenging aspects of having a new baby. Your baby’s name will be an introduction to the type of person he or she is – for example, is your baby girl a ‘Lilly’, or is she a ‘Rose’? In your baby boy a ‘George’ or a ‘William’? Should your baby’s name mean ‘strength’ or ‘desire’, or is the name’s meaning not so important to you?
Parents, grandparents, friends, siblings, and family will be sharing their advice and ideas in helping you find a name for your child. Chances are you will spend hours trying to pin down that perfect baby name and you’ll change your mind more than once along the way. But eventually, you will find a few names that you just like best.
Once you find a few different names, you can ask friends and family which name they like best. You can also compare your list to the top 100 baby names by a decade or the most popular names of a specific year – maybe you want a popular baby name or maybe you prefer a unique name. Eventually, you will find the perfect baby name, and it will instil you with a sense of pride and achievement, both for you and eventually for your child too.
Selecting a popular name for your baby
There is an easy way to determine if a name has staying power, simply review the top 100 names by year using google. You will find the top 100 baby names. While choosing a very popular name today can be fun, it may mean your son or daughter will be one of many in their classes growing up. This isn’t necessarily bad, but something to consider when selecting that perfect baby name.
Selecting a baby name with the perfect meaning
A great way to finding a perfect baby name is to understand the name meaning.
Searching for a baby name using the origin/ethnicity/religion of the name
One of the most common methods for selecting a baby name is using the origin and/or ethnicity of the baby name. This will give the baby an immediate source of identity and an understanding of the culture and origin of the baby’s family heritage. In some religions, like Judaism, it is common to name a baby after a deceased family member, to honour loved ones who’ve passed.
Choose a baby name for each sex – so whatever the baby is, you are ready.
Once you get the wonderful news that a new baby is coming, it will be a while until you can determine the baby’s sex. Having a boy’s name and girl’s name is a great start.
Naming the baby after the parent – either a single name or the entire name
In order for your baby boy to become a Jr. (junior), or the ‘II’ (the second), the entire name should be the same as the fathers. The father is the Sr. (senior), the son becomes the Jr. For example, John William Smith names his son John William Smith, the father is the Sr. /I, the son is the Jr. /II. If the son is the third generation to receive the name, the baby boy typically becomes the III (third). Be sure you want to name your baby boy, or baby girl, the same as a parent – it can lead to confusion growing up. If you know you want to name the baby after a parent, selecting a unique middle name may be the perfect solution.
Your child will have to live with this name for a lifetime.
The name you choose for your baby (and future child/adult) should be worn happily. Will family, friends and one day, employers ‘take notice’ for the wrong reasons? Remember, kids can be cruel – don’t make life more challenging than it needs to be.
Choose a baby name that you are proud of, and makes you smile.
Naming your baby after family and friends that have a special place in your heart is a great place to start. Are their special attributes you want your baby to carry – choosing a name that means something special is also a great idea.
Make sure the full name (first, middle and last) sounds good together.
Say the baby’s name aloud.
Write the full baby name down.
If your baby name’s initials make up another word – be sure you are comfortable with what results. For example, James Earl Thompson (JET) may be acceptable but think twice about names like Daniel Irving Petty (DIP) for example.
Spell it!! When writing the name down, was it difficult to spell and/or say? If you had problems, you may want to reconsider the name.
Nicknames are inevitable.
When your child goes to school, joins a sports team or club, chances are a nickname may be close behind. Some nicknames can be endearing, but others may not be what you had in mind when naming your baby.
Select multiple names for your baby.
Chances are, you and your partner, your family, and others will all have a different name in mind. While the decision ultimately comes down to the parent(s), keep your mind open to suggestions. Not only will this help in selecting the best name for your baby, but it will make your life easier along the way.
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