- Family and Parenting
Picking The Right Baby Name: You Could Scar Them For Life!
Whatever you decide to name your new addition to the family, you must realize one major thing: THEIR NAME WILL BE WITH THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE!!!!!! Can you honestly say that you have undertaken anything more daunting? Your decision can not only shape your kid’s future, but possibly haunt them for the rest of their life?
All the material I have read has suggested that both parents be in agreeance or it will start a huge family war. Pretty solid advice I suppose since your baby’s mother will be the one to actually write out the birth information for the hospital.
But how do you actually go about selecting a name? There doesn’t seem to be any general consensus between the multiple books I have read. You’ll want to stay away from many of the names of the kids you picked on in school, and if it’s a girl you certainly don’t want to give your child a stripper name. If you find that you feel awkward just thinking about the day your little girl is practicing for a school play and someone yells out with her name: “please come to the stage, please come to the stage you’re up next!” you should probably think twice. Whatever you do, don’t think that by spelling a common name differently or some crazy way that you will somehow make your child unique… It’s a pain in the neck for everyone else your child will eventually come in contact with, professionally, educationally and everything in between.
Some people tend to name their kids after other family members. I myself am a Jr., and am named after my father. His logic was “I had to live with this name why shouldn’t someone else?” While I suppose this can be true, I have recently been having second thoughts about naming my kid after myself. It makes family get togethers difficult, but it would be a great way to honor not only myself but my father as well. The Mrs. and I have been going back and forth on if he would be Richard the first or the third… I think the first, but naming customs state he would be the third. Who knows. Maybe we should just avoid the train wreck of an argument all together. I must admit much to my wife’s pleasure, that I can remember from an old Encyclopedia Brown novel, one of his friends was going to buy an “authentic” civil war sword that had “the first battle of bull run” engraved on it. Encyclopedia Brown broke the case wide open with the thought that there was no way the sword could be authentic because how would someone know that there was another Bull Run battle to follow…. Random thought I know. If as a young kid you didn’t read Encyclopedia Brown, check Amazon for some great young adult reading options with this character. On second thought, forget it, maybe I’ll name him Richard 3G. At least if Steve Jobs was still around I might get a free iPad out of it….
We both seem to like the four syllable first name idea, so I’m now thinking Elizabeth Grace if it’s a girl. The middle name is for my grandmother, but the first name dosn’t have a family connection or anything, just something that sounds nice. I did have a boss once named Elizabeth, and she was the most genuinely bubbly, energetic, and dedicated person I have ever met. I suppose I wouldn’t mind naming my daughter after her. I don’t hold any grudges against my former boss, and don’t mind a constant reminder of a few of the best years of my professional career.
So now that I have figured out what I think will work nicely, now I need to convince my wife. I do in fact need to get her buy in after all. Odds are i’ll just be needing to agree with her. If only we could wait to name our new addition. At least with a family pet you can figure out their personality before you name them.
Maybe if I get her a really nice push gift she’ll let me fill out the birth paperwork………