Naming tips

Naming your baby is one of the most important tasks you will ever undertake. The name is central to a child's earliest sense of identity, so the worst thing you could do when choosing a baby name is to rush into it. Settling for a name you are not 100% happy with may affect you and your child for a lifetime! Don't commit yourself to the first name that you'll find. Keep searching until you'll find a name that you truly like.


So, what you should consider when choosing your baby's name? The following tips will help you give your baby the dream name he/she deserves.

The meaning of your child's name probably won't greatly affect his or her life, but may help you to make a decision between your favorites.

Before choosing a name with a unique pronunciation or spelling keep in mind that your child will spend his or her lifetime explaining to others how the name is really spelled or pronounced. No one likes having their name constantly misspelled or mispronounced that's for sure.

Check the Initials. Once you have an idea for your baby's name, always check the initials! While the full name may sound pretty, the initials may bring some surprise! Imagine the feeling of a child who grows up and realizes that their initials are: "N.I.L.", "Z.I.P." or "P.I.G." In order to avoid such embarrassment for the child, check the initials before you make your decision. You will be glad you did!

Check the nicknames or shortened forms of your child's name. Many names are shortened to nicknames during childhood, or other stages of life, so be sure to avoid baby names that might produce insulting nicknames when people shorten them. If you name your baby Richard, then expect him to be called also Rick. If you don't like this nickname, you may also reconsider your decision.

Unusual names are hard to remember at first, but once remembered usually stick to memory much better. An unconventional name will make a wonderful conversation starter, especially if there is an interesting story behind it. You can feel free to be as creative and meaningful as possible with a middle name, because your child only has to reveal it when he feels comfortable. They may adore their middle name and tell everyone about it or they may hate it, but they never have to use it!

Popular or common names are normal and "safe", but sometimes they are easily forgotten, especially when you meet a lot of people all at once. However, a child with a popular name may be perceived better by society than a child with a unique name. But keep in mind that we love people because of who they are, not because of their name. Many of your friends have common first names, but have you ever considered them boring or average because of it?

Unisex names like Chris may make it easier for you to choose your child's name before you know their sex, but it can be unfair and psychologically harmful to a child, especially to boys who may feel more insulted when presumed to be girls. However unisex names are another trend that is gaining steam these days.

How it sounds? It's a good idea to recite your choices out loud. The full name should be sweet to the ears with no harshness. Saying it out loud and using it in common sentences will give you a better idea of how much you really like the name. Don't forget, some names look great when written on paper, but sound terrible off the tongue.

You can also get some great ideas from popular names in other countries. Get some inspiration from the top names in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, Australia or Canada.

Celebrity names are really in fashion, you may consider these too, or if you still not happy with the choices available you could even make up your own baby names! It's easy to come up with original names. You can freely combine two names that you really like. For example if you like Laci and Ana, you could form Laciana. If you really like Sarah and Beth, you could combine them to form Sarah-Beth.

Make sure you don't choose a name that ends with the same letter your last name begins with. This can end up being a tongue twister and cause some teasing too.

Remember that the other parent and your family will also have opinions about baby names, so it is a good idea to consider their opinions too. It's impossible to make everyone happy but we advise being respectful of your partner's feelings. However, keep in mind that that there is an easy solution: you can always select two names, and use one as a middle name!

Make sure that the name you choose is one that your child will be able to grow up with. Keep in mind that it should be applicable for all ages. You shouldn't pick a name that's really cute for an adorable little baby but will sound silly when the baby grows up.

Choose the names that you are most passionate about and make a favorites list as concise as possible. Have friends and family rate the names you choose. You can easily print out these surveys on paper or send by email. It's not a bad idea to see what people around you think. But you should pick a name because you love it, not because of what everybody else thinks of it.

A person's name is truly a lifetime gift, and it helps define your child - within the family, to friends, at school and to the outside world. If you consider the options carefully and select with love, you really can't go wrong.

Give your baby his or her very first gift! Enjoy and celebrate the moment. A name is forever.

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