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Tips for Choosing A Baby Name

Updated on April 8, 2009
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Whitney is a mom trying to evoke a healthy, happy life for herself and her family.

By Robert Evans
By Robert Evans

Baby Name

Picking a name for your new baby tends to be a complicated procedure. You have to think of something that your child will be able to live with for the rest of his life! Now, that's a task to come by.

And, being that there are thousands of names to choose from, it can be hard to even narrow the lest down to a few. I mean you have your Joe, John, Suzie, and Ashley, but you also have you Apple, Suri, and Prince.

Plus, you'll have to turn down and give second thoughts about names that your friends and family will throw at you.

It's a pretty big challenge, but as a parent it won't be the last challenge that you'll have to undertake. So, it's best to go ahead and pick a name for your new child.

As soon as you can, you want to start thinking of a name. You don't want to be in the hospital room with the papers in front of you making a last minute decision for the rest of your child's life.

Set up guidelines and rules with your partner.

You'll probably want to steer clear of names that remind you of ex- lovers and bad memories, so you're partner will need to be aware of the no- no names.

Sound Compatibility

You will want to consider how the name sounds all together. I mean, yea, you can choose a first and middle name all willy- nilly, but do they sound good together, much less with the last name?

You may consider a longer first name, if the child will have a short last name, or vice versa.

You may want to avoid ending the first name with the same vowel or sound as the beginning of the last name. For example, names like Leah Anderson and Joe Ongler kind of run together.

Avoid rhyming first and last names, and avoid using puns in a child's name. Your child won't think it's funny if you name him Razz Perry.


You want to pick out a name that isn't the every day, average Joe. Take my name, Whitney, for instance. I've had classes with up to three Whitney's in the same class, but I've, also, been in grades where I was the only one named Whitney. So, my name is a half and half name. But names like John, Matt, Ashley, and Sarah, tend to be more common names.

But, at the same time, you don't want a name that is completely off the wall. You don't want your child to have to explain the pronunciation of his name for the rest of his life, now do you?

You, also, don't want your daughter explaining why her poor parents decided to name her after a fruit.

Again, consider the last name. If the last name is more common, like Brown, Green, or Smith, avoid common, unoriginal first names, but don't go all out either.

By Robert Evans
By Robert Evans

Friends, Family, & Heritage

You may be able to think of friends or family that have meant a lot to you. You may even consider naming your child after this person. In this case, thinking of people who have meant a lot to you and have changed your life, will lead you to a pool of names to choose from.

Just, don't let anyone pressure you into naming your child after someone you didn't really know. Don't let your mom's persistence that "you great- great grandmother always wanted a child named after her." Too bad. It's your child, and your mother could have named you Elspeth; she had the chance.

As for your heritage, it's essential to the makeup of the child. It's who the child is. You may want to consider a name with similar background and ancestry as your child has.

Or maybe it's just tradition that every first born male in the family is named after his father. And, in that case, picking a name isn't the complication, unless you don't like the name, or you would rather not name your son John just because that's what his father's name is. In that case, go by tradition, but make it the child's middle name, and come up with a new first name.


You may consider a name that means something great. That's all dandy and good, but remember that no one is going to care what your child's name actually means, just that you name her something old- school.

Nicknames & Teasing

No matter what you decide to name your child, remember that in grade school, children can be nasty. You want to try to avoid names that can be easily made fun of.

Consider everything, down to the child's initials. Do the initials spell something that a child can find cruel and offensive? For example: Zachery Ian Thomas (Z.I.T.) versus Zachery Stephen Thomas (Z.S.T.).


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    • Hammerj profile image

      Hammerj 8 years ago from Cebu City

      Its nice that you have a plan of choosing a baby name because the name that are unpreapared is good as you prepared of it...just like my name..hehehehe...thanks for the tips

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      That's if you are looking for uniqueness. If you are looking for a unique name, then you wouldn't want to name your baby the same name that everyone else has. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with naming your child Ashley, Jessica, or Michael. I'm just saying if you're looking for unique, then that may not be the name you want.

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      LondonGirl 9 years ago from London

      "You want to pick out a name that isn't the every day, average Joe."

      Why not? There's nothing wrong with being called John, Mary or Rebecca, just because other people are as well.