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5 Points to Keep in Mind, While Choosing Your Baby's Name

Updated on July 30, 2019
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Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

Name is for lifetime--Choose wisely
Name is for lifetime--Choose wisely | Source

Interesting Quotes:

  • “I read in a book once, that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe, a rose would be as nice, if it was called a thistle, or a skunk cabbage.”

― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

  • “Nicknames stick to the people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.”

~Thomas C. Haliburton

  • “Tigers die and leave their skins; people die and leave their names.“

~Japanese Proverb

The name, is the most important thing in your personality. Choose your baby’s name wisely.

I had a friend in my school. Whenever, her name was called for attendance in the class, the whole class used to laugh, only to be silenced by the teacher. I remember my friend's face, in those moments---red with embarrassment.

She often used to complain to her parents.

'What kind of name, you have picked up for me! I hate it!"

I have a cousin-----a boy, whose name sounded, as if it was a girl's name. By the time, he was 7 years old, he was so much fed up of his friends teasing him, just because of his name, that he demanded to his parents, that his name, may please be changed.

What I am trying to stress here is, that we must consider few things, before naming our babies.

  1. Can the name, you have picked up for your child, embarrass her/ him, when she/ he is grown up?
  2. Is the name too common?
  3. Has the name some meaning?
  4. Is it too difficult to pronounce?
  5. Would the child be bullied, due to his name?

Choose your baby’s name wisely
Choose your baby’s name wisely | Source

5 Points To Consider, While Naming Your Child:

1. Does the name has some meaning or significance?

In India, there is a tradition to keep the name of the Gods or Goddesses, as the child's name. People avoid keeping names of negative characters from the mythology.

It is believed, that good characters inspire and imbibe, the same good characteristics in the child.

That's why, you are often asked a question, 'What is the meaning of your name?'

Nobody would appreciate, a name with no definite meaning.

Children often feel embarrassed, if their name is meaningless.

2. Mind the gender:

Many names do not sound clear, whether it‘s a boy or a girl. In many communities, it‘s not the first name, but the second name, which makes clarity, about the gender.

When the child grows up, he or she finds it very annoying, when people get confused about the gender, when they read the name. And, it is only after meeting the person, that they realise, they have misunderstood the gender.

3. Pick up a name, which is easy to pronounce, and easy to spell:

How frustrating it is, if people mispronounce or misspell your name?

It should not be like this, that only the parents can pronounce the name.

It can be very annoying for the child, if his or her name is mispronounced, in a gathering.

Sometimes, the children develop, some symptoms of low self esteem, due to this.

Your child should not feel embarrassed by his/ her name when grown up
Your child should not feel embarrassed by his/ her name when grown up | Source

4. Do not pick up a 'too common' name for your child:

How boring it is for a child, to share his or her name, with at least six others, in the class?

I remember, having at least four Abhisheks, and three Priyankas, in my class. In such case, you can either distinguish them by their sir name, or name them, as one, two, three and so on-----!

The child then starts feeling less important. Having an extremely common name, makes the child feel stressed.

5. Name should be appropriate for the adulthood:

You may call your child by cute names, when they are babies, but it‘s so awkward for them, to be called by the same nick names, or cute names, when they are grown up.

I have so many examples in the family, who hate to be called by the same names, given to them, by their parents, or uncles, or aunts, or grannies.

The cute baby names sound lovely, when the child is smaller, and should be dropped, once they grow up.

Names can be based on Zodiac signs to enhance good luck
Names can be based on Zodiac signs to enhance good luck | Source

Name change, legal process, source: You tube

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Zodiac sign names, Source: YouTube

What’s in a name, doesn’t seem to be the correct phrase. There is a lot in a name.

Someone had said once, "What's in a name?”

Well, a lot!

  • It‘s a matter of great pride and pleasure, for the parents, to choose a name for their baby. Therefore, give proper thought to all these recommendations, before naming your child.
  • Like you are proud of your child, he or she should be proud, and not embarrassed of the name given to him or her by the parents. Because name is the most important for your identity, for your lifetime, and even after.
  • When the child grows up, and somehow he or she is not happy about the name----change it!
  • It‘s allowed in every country, and every religion. You just have to follow the simple legal process.
  • There is a practice to keep the names of the children, after consulting the Astrologers or Numerologists. This is just to ensure a healthy, happy and prosperous life, of the child, when he or she grows up.

How to change your name legally in India, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you think parents should be careful while naming their babies? Please share your views in the Comments section.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Glad you liked it and agree that we should name our kids with responsibility.


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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      All great points to select a name. Must think and select a suitable name and as you have so well said - there is a lot in a name. Great hub.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda Bilyeu, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I completely agree with your point. There are many such names of babies, who just sound cool or cute, but will definitely embarrass the kids, when they are grown up.

      Thanks for adding to the hub. Have a good day!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent points! Another good point is do not name your child because you think the name sounds "cool" such as what celebrities do. What is cool to the parents is not going to be so cool to the child in a few years.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for your positive comments!

      I have seen some kids being embarrassed by their names, as they were either difficult to pronounce or too baby like.

      Glad you liked the hub. Thanks!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so right-something as simple as a name could be a boon or a bust for someone. I commend you in telling others to choose wisely.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika!

      You are always there to support my hubs and I thank you for that!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well thought of hub and great suggestions. Voted up!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you tobusiness, for your kind visit and interesting comments!

      You are so right about the celebrity baby names. And they influence society like no one else.

      As a teacher, I have seen children feeling embarrassed and stressed due to their peculiar names. This prompted me to write this one.

      I am glad you liked this hub. Thank you!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for your visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked the suggestions in the hub. Thanks!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for visiting and commenting!

      Its good to know that you have named your children in a thoughtful way.

      Thanks for your continued support!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Some parents make a point of choosing the most bizarre names for their children, especially the modern day celebrities. Apple, Fifi Trixibelle, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, Memphis Eve....I guess the children can either change their names or accept their names are unique. But who am I to mock, my family in their wisdom named me "Lovin" I'm still trying to live it down. :) Great hub, very interesting points you've made.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great points my friend. I'm happy with "Bill" for all the reasons you mentioned.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      excellent points to consider. I am lucky with my four children as their names are easy and family related and it worked out just fine. I do not like names that work for either gender.


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