Choosing a name for your baby is a big deal. You are giving your little one a gift that will stay with them forever. That’s why naming your child is a process that needs patience, thoughtfulness, and thorough research.
This all sounds a bit overwhelming, doesn’t it? Don’t worry! In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know to help you choose a name for your baby. Here is everything you need to think about:
1. The sound of the name
The first thing you have to consider is the sound of the name. Ensure that it does not sound harsh on the ears. Say it out loud to make sure it doesn’t sound odd. Try to make it harmonize with your last name. However, don’t pick a first name that rhymes with the last name. The idea here is to create a melodious symphony of sounds that will be music to your ears every time you call out to your little one. Not to give your child’s future peers ammo for bullying!
2. The meaning of the name
Everyone loves a name with a deep meaning. Try to find a name that is simple yet conveys a deep meaning. A great starting point would be some of the common names you’ve probably already heard. For example, you might be lukewarm about “Bryan” until you learn it means strength. You can also look for names of famous mythological characters that are meaningful to you. At the end of the day, the meaning of a name can make it even more special.
3. The popularity of the name
Next, consider what’s popular. Sometimes, you may hear a name that you love: the lead character from a TV show, the heroine of a novel… But if you dig a little deeper, you might discover that everyone else likes that name, too. If originality is important to you, it might be a good idea to look at some of the top baby names to see if your choice shows up (and then choose something else!).
4. The uniqueness of the name
It is great to try and find unique names, but don’t go overboard! Rare and unique names are great. No one wants their child to go to school and find ten other kids with the same name as them. However, as you try to find something unique, don’t fall into the trap of mixing and matching names that already exist. You’ll only end up creating names that have no meaning and sound irrelevant.
5. The gender specificity of the name
When you choose a name for a baby boy, it should be suitable for a baby boy, a teenager, and a man. What might sound cute in the beginning might turn out to be awkward in the long run. The same rule applies when you choose a name for a baby girl.
6. Tradition and culture
If your traditions and culture are important to you, your little one’s name is a great way to honor them. You can also name your child after a famous family figure, or after a person who has had a significant impact on you.
7. Think about the nicknames and initials
Pay attention to nicknames and initials. A name that can readily have a good nickname is always a hit. A nickname that easily stems out of the existing name will come handy for you, your child’s future friends or partner. Also be sure to check the initials of your child’s name. You don’t want it to sound funny or offensive.
8. The complexity of the name
Keep it short and uncomplicated. Extra-long names can be frustrating. Think about what your child will have to go through filling forms in the future. You should also ensure that the name is easy enough to pronounce. You do not want your kiddo to go through the unnecessary trouble of correcting people every day for the rest of their life!
9. The parents’ agreement
Finally, sit down with your partner and reflect on your little one’s name as the parents. Are you happy with it? While both parents have their own choice and preference of name, you want to reach a common conclusion that you can both live with. Do not force a name on your child that your partner is not happy with.
Naming your child is an important milestone. However, finding that perfect name can be tough. Try to be patient and thoughtful throughout this process. And no matter what anyone else says, it is you as the parent that has the final say on what your baby’s name will be. Do your research until you find a name that you are happy with. The best part is that it’s never too early to start. So get your pen and paper ready and try to have some fun with it! Good luck!