Naming Your Baby

For weeks Luke and I have thought about what name would best suite our child, but this task is harder than some may think. You don’t want to give them a name that will scar him/her for life. We all remember the kids in elementary school that would pick on the chubby kids or the ones with names that rhymed with something gross (Deon Pee-on and Doug the Slug). I don’t desire for my child to endure that torture….school/life is hard enough.

Luke and I are still on the hunt for the best name for our child, but we found these great steps to consider before naming a child on babycenter.com. Take a look and hopefully they will help you too if you are in the same boat as we are.

Here are some important factors to consider when you’re deciding on a name:

Sound and compatibility. How your baby’s name sounds when it’s said aloud is one of the most essential things to think about. Is it melodious? Harsh? Does it go well with your last name? One thing to avoid: Choosing a first name that ends in the same sound as the beginning of your last name. Bradley Yardley and Sierra Adams don’t exactly roll off the tongue.

Uniqueness. An unusual name has the advantage of making your child stand out from the crowd. On the other hand, a name no one has heard of and few can pronounce can bring attention your child might rather avoid. Spelling variations can help make a name unique, but choosing a name with numerous spellings can sow confusion in your child’s life for years to come.

Relatives and friends. Many parents choose to name their babies after a grandparent, other relative, or close friend. Don’t want too many Johns in your house? Look way back in your family tree for hidden treasures. And if you’re worried about hurt feelings, consider a first name from one side of the family and a middle name from the other. According to a BabyCenter survey, middle names are a must for most parents; 98 percent give their child a middle name, with 7 percent of those parents giving their child two or more middle names.

Ancestry and heritage. Your child’s heritage is an essential part of who he is, and you may want his name to reflect that. Read history books focusing on your family’s country of origin to find appropriate possibilities.

Meaning. No one is likely to treat your daughter Ingrid differently because her name means “hero’s daughter,” but the derivation of your baby’s name is something you may want to think about. Use BabyCenter’s Baby Name tool to learn the meaning of over 5,000 names.

Initials and nicknames. People, especially kids, can be cruel when it comes to nicknames, so try to anticipate any potentially embarrassing ones. Consider your child’s initials as well, so you don’t inadvertently saddle him with a doozy like Z.I.T. or P.E.E.

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