Naming a baby could turn into big battle fields, but it could also be fun. The baby name you choose is a gift to your child for life and so the pressure’s on! Here are some main points to keep in mind before naming your child.
- Ancestry and Heritage: Some parents come from families with strong traditions relating to what a child should be named whereas, some parents compromise by using the expected given name as a middle name. In our increasingly multi cultural society more and more choose names that reflect their ethnicity or country of origin.
- Pronunciation and Sound: Is your baby’s name melodious or harsh? How your baby’s name sounds is one of the essential things to think about. Some parents spell their child’s name differently because it makes it more unique. Think about how the first name and last name will sound together. Avoid first names that rhyme with your last name. Short first names sound good with long last name and vise a versa.
- Uniqueness: You can give your baby a truly unique name without succumbing to weirdness. If you love names that are unusual and will help your child stand out in a crowd, then perhaps a unique name is right for you. A name no one has heard of or is hard to pronounce can bring attention a child would rather avoid.
- Meaning: What’s in a name? The meaning of the baby’s name reflects the character traits you want your kids to have. Today’s parents are not only looking for a unique name for their baby, but they also want a name that has a special meaning. Sure, some baby names sound great…until you check their meanings. It’s so disappointing to find out your favorite name means something like misery or hopeless. Ugh!
- Initials and Nicknames: What nicknames do you call your kids? And what nicknames did your parents give you. Referring to your child with your preferred name as they grow will help it stick in the early years for others. However, as teenagers and adults, your child may choose other derivatives or be given nicknames by friends and acquaintances.