Baby Naming Tips
By Teri Hanson
Choosing the name for your
baby will probably be one of the most important, exciting and fun things
you will do during your pregnancy. Throughout the pregnancy, many
hours will be spent on choosing the baby's name. Friends,
relatives, and even strangers will give you their opinions. You
will probably consider many names and name combinations before you
finally come to a decision. The following are considerations and
tips that will help to get you started to find the perfect name
for your baby.
Consider what the baby's
surname will be. Does the first name you have chosen go well
with the surname? Do the names sound good together when said
Consider what the
initials will spell out when first, middle and surname are
initialized and avoid unpleasant initials. For example, Robert
Allen Thomas when initialized spells RAT. Think about possible
teasing from other children as your child grows up.
Some expectant parents
feel the need and/or pressure from family members to use precedent
family names. Family names are great and give your baby a rich
heritage, but if you do not care for the name and the name is not
what you want to call the child, consider using the family name as a
middle name, or plan to call the child by the middle name of your
Remember that children
must live with the name you choose for them the rest of their
lives, so while unique names and spellings are very interesting and
favorable, consider the fact that the child could always have their
name mispronounced or misspelled. This can be very frustrating
for a child.
Consider names that are
of ethnic origin. They don't even have to be your own ethnic
origin. Ethnic names sound beautiful and are very unique.
Choose a name based upon
it's meaning. Sometimes the meaning of a name can steer you
away from the name, or draw you closer to it. Positive
meanings are your best guide. You can find many possibilities
for baby names, their meanings and their origins at BabyChatter.com.
Consider the possible
nicknames that could arise from your baby's name. Do you like
the nicknames that could possibly be derived from it?
Say the entire name out
loud many times. Does it sound right? Does it rhyme?
If it rhymes, does the rhyme sound good?
Names that are popular today, may not be popular 20 years from now
when your child is 20. Consider the trendiness of the name
If you are stuck on 2
names, consider combining the two. An example: If you
are stuck on Carla and Leigh, consider combining the two names to
form Carly (or Carleigh)
If you are going to use
a suffix, for example, John Charles Carter, III, you may want to
consider calling the baby by his middle name (Charles) if there are
other family members already being called John, or consider calling
the baby by his initials, such as J.C. This will help to avoid
Above all else, this is the name that YOU
choose and are proud of, so choose what YOU like.
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Article by Teri Hanson of Babychatter.com.
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