Choosing a name for your new baby is a lot of fun. It is also a bit of a challenge.
Many hours are spent considering different baby names, and it can take some time to come up with a name both parents like.
Here are some things you should remember when you are choosing a name for your baby.
Remember that your baby won’t be a baby forever. Think about names in the context of childhood and adulthood.
What seems adorable for a baby may not work well for a 35 year old executive. Think about different professions your child might choose. Would the name you are considering sounds right for a doctor, an entertainer or a teacher?
Be sure to look at initials and monograms. Make sure you do not give your child something that will prove embarrassing in the future. Think also about how the name might be shortened, or nicknames your child may be given.
There’s a fine line between uncommon and weird, and for every person that line falls in a different place. Know which side of the line you’re comfortable on. The same goes for popularity.
Do you want a name that is a popular choice, or one that is more of a classic? One couple I know specifically eliminated any names that had been on the list of the 100 most frequent names for the previous year.
Consider your ethnic and cultural background. This can be a rich source of inspiration. Family names are also a good source of inspiration. Some families have found creative ways to include family names either as middle names or even first names.
When you have chosen a few possibilities, consider how they fit together with your last name. Write the names out by hand, and look at them typed. Say them out loud together, first name first, and last name first.
Be sure to live with a name for a while. A name that sounds wonderful at first may quickly lose its luster.
Be flexible when it comes to gender. Ultrasounds can be wrong, so you should have a name chosen for both genders. It is also a good idea to have more than one name for each gender. If you have chosen Mary, for example, your daughter just may not look or feel like a Mary when she arrives.