Being a parent is a wonderful gift of life. The day you find out that the stork’s going to pay a visit soon, is one of the happiest days of your life. You start to imagine how the baby will look like, wonder if it’s going to be a boy or a girl, if it will look more like you or your partner, and then suddenly a big question comes out.
What will be my baby’s name?
Choosing a good first name for your baby.
There are times you just know what name you are going to give your baby as the very first present. Maybe you will honor your ancestors by giving the name of your father or mother, or your cultural heritage by giving a more meaningful name. Other times you think of giving a unique baby name or a popular name, a name after a famous person or a name from ancient glory times. And then, you get confused and start writing down names in lists, maybe argue with your partner about each ones favorite boy and girl names and you still can’t decide whether to go for a family name, a traditional one, a modern name or choose one you just like. Thinking that the name you choose is the one your baby will hear its whole life makes it even more difficult. Don’t worry; there are a few simple tips to keep in mind when selecting a name for your baby, which will make it easier for you.
How are you going to call your baby? What name should you choose?
Baby name lists.
Draw a table like the one below (or download and print it – here).
Pin it to your fridge and leave it there so you can look at it over and over again.
Do some research at our website, we have a wide selection of both baby boy names and baby girl names to add to your list, just search through our website sections. There are plenty of baby names available with their special meaning. Try to find a name that means good, kind, a unique meaning or anything you like. Once you find some names, add them to your list of all your favorite names. Make sure you add the baby’s middle and family name, try reading the names in any order to see what it looks like as a whole and if it sounds normal or kind of weird. You made your first step in choosing a baby name!
Baby name meanings.
Now that you have some baby names that you like on your list, search for their meaning. There are many names that sound nice and clear, with good spelling that have no meaning or they mean something unpleasant or irrelevant. Many parents don’t mind, while others want a more meaningful name for their children. Many names have different meanings in other countries or even languages, and generally it is nice to know your name means something kind or lovely. We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings, just take a look.
How the baby name sounds.
Make sure the name sounds nice as it is one of the most important factors. Call the name loud as you will call your baby. How does it sound? Another thing to consider is the spelling of the name. You will probably make your child’s life difficult choosing a baby name with a weird spelling. If your baby‘s name is Ryen or Rhylei, then probably your child will be spelling the name for people at school and other occasions. (Plus, it will never find anything preprinted with its name correctly, like a t-shirt or coffee mug).
Try your baby’s name initials and check if they spell out something that you don’t like. E.g. Elvis Gerard Green is E.G.G – Do you like the initials spelling?
Make sure the baby name you choose cannot be shortened to a nickname that means something insulting, because people might use to pick up or laugh about. Kids can be mean.
Growing up is difficult enough, you don’t want to make it even more with a name other children will make fun of.
Popular names vs. Unique names and Trendy names.
Popular names are cool and used widely. Most times they have special meanings, sound nice and famous people bear them or are associated with religious beliefs. That’s what makes these names popular over the centuries. For example, Biblical names are used extensively all over the world.
Trendy names are names that became popular recently after a new famous person, character or other, like ‘Leonardo’ after the movie “Titanic” or ‘Calista’, after the TV series. Many new parents prefer them because they are new trending names that are heard a lot lately. If you don’t want your baby when grows up to be one of the five in class named Sophia or Jacob you should choose a unique name, as popular names are also very common.
Unique names are usually not so common or popular and might have a weird spelling or meaning, or even might mean nothing, but not always. Unique names are quite beautiful, if you choose one as a first name consider choosing a traditional middle name. You don’t have to pick a unique name just to show off how cool you are. You can also choose an uncommon name if you want the name to be unique and special, not like anyone else you might know. Remember, a name is a part of a person’s identity.
Respectful baby names.
Imagine your baby will be someday someone very important, like a scientist, a famous actor or even president of the country. The name of your child should sound “classy” enough, or presidential. For Example, Elvis is a wonderful name, after the King of rock n roll, Elvis Presley, but could someone with the name Elvis be a president some day? Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, in working career and other circumstances and choose more “respectable” names or name meanings. Try to find a name that people will take seriously under consideration in important circumstances.
Name for baby is a name for a lifetime.
Think of yourself as having the name you think for giving to your baby. How would you feel having that name? Imagine you with the name and think of the stages of your life, as a child, as a teenager and later as an adult. Your baby will grow up. ‘Sparkle’ is a nice name for a baby or a child, but probably sounds funny for a 50 year old.
Your baby’s name is a very significant decision you will have to make. It’s a part of your baby like its face, its eyes, its fingerprint, its hair color, the sound of its voice. Your baby becomes its name and grows with it.