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Baby Names-Tips for Choosing the Right Baby Name for Your Little One

Updated on April 16, 2012

What Is In A Name?

Are you having a hard time trying to think of a suitable and unique name for your new baby? This article will share some tips on what to look for when deciding on the right baby name for your little one.

Have you ever noticed how people who share the same names like Paul or John seem to have a lot of the same character traits? It is believed that a person's name molds their identity much like a cookie cutter. If you are trying to think of names for your new little one, you need to take the time to think about what type of person you would like him to be and see what would suit him. The following are some tips to help you make a decision.

Drop the Family Traditions

Have you ever been around a family and it seems like there are like 8 Williams's all with various nicknames. One may be Will, another one Bill and yet another one is called Billy. Many of the older generations think that certain names are more suitable and hold more prestige or respect than some modern day names. But ultimately, it is your baby and your choice, and picking a name just because Auntie Mary or Uncle Bob approve is not a very good reason.

Research for Suitable Meanings for Names

You need to think about the future of your child. You do not want to pick a name that people will make fun of or constantly be asking him why he was named that. Don't pick names based on your favorite characters on t.v. shows or in your books, unless you know where they came from and that they mean something of purpose. If you are interested in picking names based on your culture or heritage, find one that is suitable. Many people pick names because they are popular with the celebrities right now but have no idea what the name actually means. If you want your son or daughter to be strong willed, honest, and a leader, look for names that originate from those sources.

Be Careful of How the Initials Spell Out

While it may be funny to have a child with the initials spelling out CSI or FBI, it is not something that they will want to live with when they get older and people make fun of them. And what if the initials spell out something that is ignorant or rude? Do you really want people spelling out a bad word just because they are your child's initials? Think of the image your son or daughter will need to represent when going for a career or starting a business.

Keep it Simple

Don't over-think it. If you want a unique name, try to keep it simple. Can you imagine your little six year old trying to spell out his name when he is just learning to write? How would you feel if you had to write out sixteen letters and remember them all for every piece of work you do in school. Being creative with your baby's name does not have to mean being ridiculous. If you want to change the spelling of a popular name such as Brian, by just changing the i to a y, you can make it unique enough without too many complications or difficulties for your child as he grows.

Make a Joint Decision with Your Spouse

Make sure you come up with a name that both of you like. No one wants to be blamed for choosing a name that is terrible, and you don't want your spouse to be making comments about it being your bright idea. If you both would like names that originated from your backgrounds, try to find names that would sound good together and the meanings would relate.

When trying to come up with a suitable name for your baby that he can be proud of, just remember to do some research on the meanings and origins of names, stay away from initials that spell out rude or comical words, don't pick a name just to appease a relative, and don't choose something that is very hard to spell. It may take you awhile to find the perfect name, but in the long run, you will see that it was worth the effort in the end.


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      Melanie Bremner 6 years ago from Canada

      good point, TP Sicotte. I sat here an`

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      TPSicotte 6 years ago from The Great White North

      Why not just pick a name the parents like. Lots of people end up going through life with a nickname anyway. It's not the be all and the end all but if the parents both like the name then that is cool. I read an article recently suggesting children be given "normal" names and nothing too different. This will somehow aid in their adjustment in life. Well if parents can't help a child feel proud of having a unique name then I think there will be bigger problems for a child than having a name that is a little off the beaten track.