One of the most asked questions by family and friends when expecting is…” so do you know what you’re going to name the little one?”
There is no doubt that choosing a name for your new baby can be stressful for some expecting parents. After all, they are going to have it for the rest of their lives; and therefore this is a task that is not be taken lightly.
Parents will often have thoughts ranging from “how will i feel about this name in 1 week, 1 month or 1 year for now? To “what if my child hates their name when they grow up?”
Things to consider when you start…
What are the popular names at the moment?
Although you may not want a name that every other Tom, Dick and Harry is naming their child, it’s good to know what names are trending at the present time. You may find a variation of one of those names that you like. Or this could just be a way to know which names to avoid.
What kind of name do you want? Traditional, popular or unique?
There is nothing wrong with any of these types of names. Just make sure you and your partner are on the same page. And if not, you may have to find a way to compromise. If you’re considering a unique first name, then maybe a traditional middle name might be the way to go.
The meaning behind potential names
Does the name you love have a meaning behind it? You may find a name you really love the sound of, but after doing some research find out it has a meaning or something associated with it that you don’t love. There is the old saying ‘ignorance is bliss’ and you could be a firm believer in that, but for those of you who are not, then doing a little research could avoid any future regrets.
Do you like the full name as well as potential nicknames?
If you love the name, but hate the nick name, or vice versa, then it might be a good idea to cross that one off the list. Don’t expect people to stick to their full name. (I had a friend growing up whose name was “Danielle”, people called her “Dan” for short and her mother hated it.)
Avoid tongue twisters.
If your child’s name does not roll off the tip of your tongue, chances are other people might struggle with it too. Names that flow nicely seem to be more easily remembered
Troubleshoot potential names for obvious bully bait.
We have all heard “Smelly Kelly” in the playground. Consider things that rhyme with it or sound similar.
Looks at the initials.
If your surname starts with ‘S’ then perhaps the name Ava Sophia isn’t such a good idea.
Make it too long and complicated.
Have you heard the expression “Less is more”; well that can be said about names. If it’s too long, people may just refer to the child with a shortened version or nickname anyway.
Use complicated spelling.
Names can look funky and cool being spelt a different way, however it could cause your child future headaches when they have to explain how it’s spelt every single time. Not to mention the frustration of not being able to find your name with the correct spelling on the mug at the Sea World gift store.
Hope this has helped with choosing the perfect name. Good luck!