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Naming a Baby: Why so difficult?

Updated on May 9, 2011

 I have heard that a name helps to define a person. Although I'm not sure if I completely agree with this idea, I do believe that a name is part of the person it belongs to. I have pondered over this idea for the past few weeks and have found myself wondering if the name I choose for my child will fit him and benefit him throughout his life. As one can imagine, this has led to an abnormal and unnecessary amount of stress on my part. How do parents confidently decide on the right name?

My husband and I found out we were expecting our second child during the early part of December. We already have a little boy and so naturally, I automatically hoped for a girl. For some reason, I found it extremely easy to pick a first and middle name for my imaginary little girl. Looking back, I wonder how I was so positive that my chosen name would fit her perfectly. A few short weeks later, we were pleasantly surprised to find that we would soon welcome our second son. Even though I was very excited to be having another boy, I felt a huge surge of anxiety over choosing an appropriate name. My name list within my brain seemed to be completely clear. I decided that my best bet would be to consult with my dear husband and work mutually to discover the perfect name for our child. As can be expected, my husband was fresh out of names as well. One night my husband made the comment that, "a name is such a permanent decision," and I came to the conclusion that our child  would probably be born nameless. I immediately stressed out! How can a child not have a meaningful name? I desperately sought out the help of numerous internet search engines in order to hopefully get a few ideas that I could share with my husband. So far, approximately 15 weeks have passed and we are still without a name for our child. A common problem seems to be wondering if a name is appropriate for a child and an adult. There are so many names out there that are completely adorable but seem too silly to have as an adult. I constantly worry that my child will be embarrassed by his name when he gets older or that people will not take him seriously as an adult simply because of his name. My husband finally came up with a brilliant solution a few nights ago, babies should simply pop out with a sticker that says, "Hello, my name is ______." I have to say that at this point, I completely agree!


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      Nichol marie 6 years ago from The Country-Side

      It took me forever to decide on names My children's names that I decided on were Charlie Nicholas Zackery and Katara

      we kind of picked out more traditional names until we got to my daughter and than we watched the Last Airbender movie and the Main Character "girl"Katara on that movie was very strong and independent but Dainty. I just fell in love with that name.Great Article It is tough.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Welcome to Hub Pages! Yes, choosing a name can be such a dilemna, there are many unexplored pitfalls and potential naming disasters. Nicely written hub, I look forward to reading more by you!