What is most important criteria you will look at while naming your kid?
Every one name his offspring, these names varies and criteria also different from region to region, country to country and changes with culture. What is your most important criteria while naming a child.
With our first child we drew up a list of names we both liked and then decided which one seemed to suit the baby best. We had no criteria other than that.
With our second child things were very different! She was born 3 months early so we hadn't even thought of names, other than for a girl we might use a middle we had thought of using first time round but didn't and still liked.
Within an hour of her birth nurses asked us for her name, so we said they could use that name until we decided. That time the meaning of the names seemed very important and after narrowing it down to 2, we went with a Scottish name that means: "God is merciful." But by then the nurses, and even our toddler, were calling the baby by her middle name, Louise. When I found out it meant a battle maiden who led victorious armies, it seemed perfect for a baby who was fighting for her life!
Some of the things you might consider are:
1. The rhythm of the names (all three names with the same number of syllables and the emphasis on the same syllable may or may not sound right to your ear when the name is spoken out loud).
2. Initials. For instance, the name Sally Ann Petrillo might be cute but the initials S.A.P. could have her classmates and other kids calling her a sap.
3. Family names. THey're great, especially if you like the name (Elizabeth or Joseph). But if an older relative really wants to see their name passed on, and you really hate the name Gertrude, consider it as a middle name. Better yet, choose a variation of the name that you DO like, such as Trudy.
4. Nicknames. Many people like to use name variations as nicknames. My son's name David - comes with a few nicknames, I decided early on that he would never be called Davy. And with a little insistance up front, he never was. If there's a nickname closely tied to your favorite name - a name you hate - find a nice way of preventing its use early on. Or you may have to choose a name or name variation that doesn't lend itself to nicknames.
This was our criteria:
-No family names
-Something unfamiliar but not too weird or silly (e.g. Hashtag)
-Could not be a name that reminded us of someone we knew
-Initials, Our last name starts with an S, so we had to watch out for ASS (lol)
Here's the story:
My husband and I agreed on plenty of girl names- Kaidance Noel, Eden, etc. But boy names were so difficult. My husband was convinced we were having a girl. He had always wanted a dark haired, green eyed girl named Jade. (We both have brown hair and Green/Brown/Hazel eyes). But then we found out we were having a boy! My favorite boy names are Xavior and Addison. My husband said no way. In my 8th month we quietly settled on Kaleb Jade. I spelled Kaleb with a K because I knew a CJ in high school and didn't want people to call him CJ. Kaleb is Hebrew for dog and his middle name is a girl name. But I love dogs and think they represent loyalty, love, and friendship- all qualities I wish for in my son. And his daddy is happy. My husband and I reserved the right to change the name upon meeting the baby. He is now 2 and his name fits him perfectly, even though he's a blue eyed, blonde haired baby boy! lol.
I wanted pretty sounding names, and because their last name is short I wanted their first names to be longer (so they wouldn't have a "blunt blunt" type of name). I wanted classic names that had some dignity to them, and names that would serve them well both when they were children, but also when they grew up (and if they grew up to be in powerful or prestigious positions). In other words, I didn't want (for example) my baby daughter to grow up to become a physician and be something like, "Dr. Fairy-Princess Smith". lol
I also wanted both of their names (my younger son's and my daughter's) to have some sense of elegance to them - I guess because I hoped that kind of name may help my children had just a hint more self-respect than they might have if they had a silly (or otherwise unappealing) name.
My eldest son came with a first name because he was adopted in infancy. It was a long, ethnic, name. I shortened it in order to make him feel more as if he fit into our "ethnicity" (which is "melting pot" essentially). I didn't want to take away "the main part" of the name given to him by the birth mother, so I gave him my father's first name as his middle name - my way of his having something from the birth mother, something from my side of the family, and his last name from his father/my husband. My younger son's both his father's first name as his middle name, mainly because it sounds good with his first name. My eldest's son very short first name sounded prettier with my father's longer first name (which doesn't have the same consonent in it as my eldest son's first name). So, as you can see, a nice sound of the first- and middle- names together mattered to me.
(There's a few consonants that, if repeated too many times in someone's name, don't sound good to me. )
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