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How to Pick a Name for your Baby

Updated on April 19, 2013
So many names!
So many names! | Source

Everybody has their own method for choosing names. Some people choose baby names even before they are pregnant. Some people have a hard time choosing a name even after the baby is born.

Things to Consider when choosing a Baby Name

How will it sound when he is five, ten or twenty years old? Does it match his last name? Will he be able to write it and pronounce it? Will people make fun of him? While you may be the type of person who doesn't succomb to taunting,your child may not be. Be careful not to set them up for that. People can be cruel for no reason at all so try not to provide them with ammunition.

Celebrity Baby Names of 2012

Here are just a few of the celebrity babis born in 2012:

  • Ivy Blue- daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z.
  • Maxwell Drew- daughter of Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson.
  • Clover Clementyne Watson- daughter of Barry Watson and Natasha Gregson Wagner.
  • Camden- son of Kristin Cavalleri and Jay Cutler.
  • Hawkins- son of Tony Roma and Candace Crawford.
  • Exton- son of Downey, Jr. and Susan Downey.

Best Sources for Baby Names

There are, of course the myriad of baby name books. Most are very thorough with spelling variations, origin and meanings.

Your clergy man will also have a source for baby names

Your friends and acquaintances.

TV shows and movies. How many Bellas, Edwards and Jacobs were born in the past 5 years?

Children of the stars and other famous personalities. Who doesn't want to know what Kate Middleton will be naming her little princess?


If only all we had to worry about was growing them!
If only all we had to worry about was growing them! | Source

Names in Different Languages

Some people like to choose names in languages other than their own for the sheer beauty of it while others do as a neccessity. My husband is from Israel and I am American. We tried to satisfy both cultures by choosing names that would be either the same in both languages or easy to pronounce in either. If you are using a language other than your own, research it and see how it is used and pronounced in other countries. I sure wish my parents had done that with my name (Randi)! Satisfying family obligations can also be a concern for people. As hard as it may be, this is your baby and your choice.

Baby Naming Trends

Play on words. Heaven=Nevaeh

Spelling. Ashley, Ashleigh

Acronyms William Oliver Woods

Using the same initials for everyone in the family.

Characters in movies or stories. Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg were popular names for girls after "Little Women" became so popular.


How to Tell if a Name will work for you

Write it down. See how it looks.

Say it. Say the full name out loud. Say just the first name. Say it angrily. Say it playfully. Say it with the words "the Honorable" or "Dr." before it! You never know!

"Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith."~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Making a List and Checking it Twice!

And the list goes on...
And the list goes on... | Source

Utilizing the Influence of Others to Name Your Baby

When you are having a baby, everybody has an opinion. They will tell you what to wear and how to wear it. They will tell you should breastfeed or they will tell you should feed the baby formula. They will tell you what products to buy and what not to buy.They may drive you crazy, but......

...They can also provide a wealth of valuable information. The difficult task will be in weeding through it and deciding what will work for you.

The same holds for baby names. People will always give their opinions but even better than that, they will give you ideas. When we were having a hard time naming our daughter, we had baby name books and lists all around us. We were crossing out names we couldn't agree on right and left. One of my husband's friends came over in the middle of this. He said he had heard a pretty girl's name at another friend's house. We listened. It sounded pretty. We looked up the meaning. It was noble. We wrote it down. It looked pretty and was easy to spell. We said it aloud. It was a bit difficult so we came up with a nickname that worked with it. We used it!

Top Ten Baby Names for 2012

Boys
Girls
Aiden
Sophia
Jackson
Emma
Ethan
Olivia
Liam
Isabella
Mason
Ava
Noah
Lily
Lucas
Zoe
Jacob
Chloe
Jayden
Mia
Jack
Madison
Thes are the the top ten names according to Baby Trend. For the list of the top q100 names, you can visit their site.http://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2012

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good suggestions Randi! As I remember, my ex and I went out and bought a book with baby names. She got to pick his first name and I got to pick the middle name....Tyler Damon is what we came up with. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Great suggestion, Randi, that parents should think about how the first name of the child will sound together with the last name. I don't think Ming Toy Goldstein's parents considered that. (Real person I once met with that name.)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      There seem to name trends with the generations...You can almost figure out someone's name by their age. Good ideas here as always...What I really get a kick out of are the unusual spellings.. I remember seeing someone named Sheila who had a name tag. Sheleigh...Pretty interesting...Voting up and pinning.

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      Cholee Clay 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great suggestions! My husband and I finally picked out a name for our baby boy due in June, using many of these very same things. However we don't see eye to eye on names so that was probably the most difficult part when choosing a name, compromise. Great hub, voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Choosing a name for your child is one of the most important things to think about for sure!!! A lot of people I know go with family names, but sometimes those just are not kind to the children nowadays, but some are beautiful. I was named after both my grandmothers. Thankfully, I love those names.

      I am always amazed at the names chosen during a certain decade that seem to the most popular at the time.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      SaffronBlossom 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I have unwaveringly stuck to my same baby name since around the third grade, but I assume I will have more than one, and this hub gives you excellent things to think about! I'm always on the fence about unique spellings...they look pretty, but then the child has to go through life either having his/her name misspelled or asking someone to correct it...it's a hard call!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      It sounds like you and your wife came up with a good plan and a great name, Bill! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, drbj! One thing I have noticed is that no matter how great the parents think they have done, most kids don't appreciate it, anyway! I wonder how Ming Toy felt?!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! I agree, the spellings are the craziest. Even stranger? People call for a doctor's appt. The say their name and expect you to know how to spell it! Thasnk you for, as always, the votes and share! Much appreciated, my friend!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Congratulations, shesabutterfly...on the baby and the name! My daughter is due in May and still not quite decided yet! It is difficult but if given with love, will always be appreciated! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith! That's funny, I was named after both grandmothers too but they only used the initials, not the names. My grandmother's names were much prettier than mine but my mother wanted to modernize them! Thank you so much for the votes and share! You are so appreciated! One more month to go!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, SaffronBlossom! If you have stuck with the same name this long, it would be a shame not to use it! I remember about 6 months ago, my daughter came into the living room with a notebook and a list of names. We mostly laughed that day and I don't think any of that original list is on the shortlist now but it was fun! I am sorry I have not been around too much recently but look forward to catching up on your hubs!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      I do have to admit Btrbell this was a good idea for a hub... i would love to come up with hub ideas like this ....up and useful

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      Jami Johnson 4 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

      Really good suggestions here. When I became pregnant (at age 20) I already knew what I was going to name my baby. I told my boyfriend (and baby's daddy) that I could choose the girl name and he could choose the boys name (since I already knew what I would choose for a girl, but had no idea what to choose for a boy). After I gave birth to our beautiful baby, she did turn out to be a healthy baby girl and I chose to name her Lillian Diane (I wanted to name my daughter Lillian since I was 16, Diane after my deceased grandmother, and of course she took my boyfriends/her fathers last name). The name suits her in every way. Names are difficult to choose, but when you look into your baby's eyes for the very first time, the name with follow. Good work here, up and useful.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, choosing a name for the baby is hard sometimes, I was lucky, my son was Daniel even before he was born and I had no idea if he was a boy or girl! lol! but somehow I knew he was a boy, simple name but I loved it! great hub, and voted up!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Frank. I utilize the exclusives quite a bit. It isn't the easiest but it does give you ideas, as well as weekly inspiration topic and this was an answer to someone's question!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jami! I agree that once you look into that baby's eyes, you will know if the name will work! How nice that the name you had picked, did just that! Lillian Diane is a beautiful name! Thank you so much for your votes!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I would most definitely call the baby, if a girl, Randi , why?

      Top ten:

      10. 'cos Randi is a hottie

      9. and she looks good in glasses

      8. she knows Hebrew

      7. and Yiddish humor too

      6. she can bake my cake

      5. she loves her pets

      4. she is a pure beautiful woman

      3. with a heart of gold

      2. and loves her family

      1. and she laughs at most of Epi's jokes, lol

      lake erie time 12:45am and sending you warm wishes from my furried babies who are sleeping and had enough of all this rain we're having - they're ho hum and need to get back out on their deck like two little furried security guards in dry sunny weather - me, I'm okay too

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey, Nell.....thanks for stopping by! It's funny, I wanted to name Ben, Daniel but my sister named her daughter (who is 5 months older, Danielle) I thought it would be too confusing!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Awww, Colin. You are too sweet! What a beautiful tribute! Thank you!

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      It's funny you mention in one of your replies to these comments about knowing when you look into a baby's eyes. My parents had decided (they thought) on a good Italian and Catholic name (my parents were both Italian and RC - though my father's grandmother was Jewish)...until my mother "met" me and gave me my indigenous Guarani name (I was born in Argentina), Anahi, who was a Guarani princess (or warrior, depending on the source re-telling the legend) who refused the Spanish colonizer's pressure to abandon her gods and way of life, and, so, was tied to a tree (with white blossoms) and burned. The legend says that her blood spurted out from her (yes, physically impossible) and colored the tree's white blossoms a ruby red - which is how Argentina's national flower, the ceibo, got its color. They were right: I was a fierce advocate of social justice from the time I could talk, a rebel who doesn't bow to external pressure, and, in general, a volcano (a typical Aries)!

      But, they didn't anticipate how my name would play out in the U.S., in the 70s before the age of diversity and multiculturalism here (not well, lots of teasing), or the fight they had to have with our local priest in Argentina (I was born in '66, in a provincial city, where Vatican II was not yet widely applied) just to get me baptized with a "heathen" name.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      And yet, somehow, it turned out beautifully, Anahi! Thank you so much for sharing that story! It's a perfect example of trying to weigh what's "fitting" with what's safe. I wondered about the origin of your name. I love it!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great suggestions and tips. I agree with knowing when you look them in the eyes. I had a name picked out for my middle daughter that absolutely did not suit her.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      That's funny, KoffeeKlatch! When I hear people say they have had a name for years, I wonder what they'd do if it just doesn't fit? Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      10 years ago our biggest arguments when I was pregnant were over the name choices. It was not nearly as easy as I thought it would be. Amazing how different names conjured up all sorts of feelings.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Glimmer Twin Fan, I know exactly what you mean. It was even harder than growing them for nine months!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Terrific advice. I think you know if the name you picked suits the baby the minute you see them. If it doesn't that's the time to trade in in for one that does. Great hub. Up, useful and interesting.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gal! I agree. Just one look and you can see if it works. I appreciate the votes!

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      Ausseye 4 years ago

      Hi BellBtr,

      BTR which stand for Beauty, Talent and Resourcefulness and I am left with poetry to respond:

      A name by any measure is but a name

      But I am, will be

      You name it!!!!!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, Ausseye! I am a bit at a loss for words! Which, as you can see, is rare! Thank you for this very sweet comment and for making my day!

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Randi-an interesting hub and very useful. It seems that everywhere I turn there is another baby shower going on! lol I see that you've successfully completed your apprenticeship. Well done.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      He y Denise! It sure does seem like there are lots of babies being born right now! I am actually in the final month of the apprenticeship program. Thank you!

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