3. Anticipate the trends. Right now, names from the 1900's-1930's are very hot for girls. In another decade, that will probably move forward to names from the 1940's and 1950's. Look at those names now and see if any appeal to you.
4. Create your own name by combining two family names or
altering a name that you love. Be cautious in this, however, as not all created names sound appealing. You may want to
ask family and friends for opinions before committing to an invented name.
And now for the warnings:
1. Keep in mind that names used in popular television series or films are likely to skyrocket in popularity, as are names of celebrity children. For example, the name Ella and its variants have become extremely popular since a few celebrities used it and it appeared as a baby's name on the show ER.
2. Beware of creative spellings. While it's true that
Keightl'nne looks very different from Caitlin or Katelyn, it is still pronounced the same way and is still ultimately the
same name. You may be causing your child a lifetime of
3. Beware of punctuation in names, which could cause problems when filling out computerized forms.
4. Be careful not to take the hunt for creative names too far. Imagine the name as your own, or try the "profession test". Would you wish to be known forever as Egwene? Can you picture The Honorable Judge Tequila Mad'y'syn being called to the bench?
5. Above all, remember that what really matters is finding a
name you love, one that grows well with your child. Even the top names are being given to fewer and fewer children these
days, so if you fall in love with Emma or Jacob, don't let fears of popularity force you to use another name you don't
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