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Choosing the Right Name for Your Baby
There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a name for your baby. This is a decision that will have a lifelong impact on your child. Here are a few areas we considered before making a final choice for our son.
What Does the Name Mean
There are plenty of websites and books out there with the different meanings of baby names. In our search for name meanings we sometimes found that some books or websites would list one meaning while others would list a completely different one. Because of this, we consulted several sources for baby name meanings so we could see what the majority of them said. We actually decided against a name because the name had a negative meaning.
How Popular Is The Name
We did not want a baby name that was too popular. The US Social Security Administration website has the ten most popular baby names for boys and girls. They update this list yearly and have records all the way back to 1880. If you do choose a popular baby name, keep in mind that once your child starts school there will likely be other kids in her grade level with the same name.
Spelling and Pronunciation
We wanted a name that would not be too hard to pronounce or spell. There are now many names with different alternate spellings. If you choose to pronounce or spell a name differently than how it is traditionally done, keep in mind that your child may have issues with people misspelling or mispronouncing his name all of his life. On the other hand, spelling or pronouncing your baby’s name differently than the conventional way is a good way to make a name truly unique.
Who Else Has The Name
You may want to know who else shares the name you are considering. There are some baby name websites that list famous historical people and celebrities that have the same name. Family names can also be important to consider. We choose a middle name for our son that was a meaningful family name.
Choosing a baby name should be a fun experience with your partner. Doing it together and with respect for each other’s feelings should help make the process enjoyable for both of you.