The First Steps to Choosing a Baby’s Name
Picking the right name for your baby can be a pretty scary task - it is something that they will have to stick with for life. You may already have an idea of what sort of name you are after, and chances are that family and friends have been making suggestions too.
There are so many different options out there, and new and unique names are being added to the list on a daily basis. There is only so long you can refer to your baby as “junior” or “little one”, so here’s our guide on choosing your baby’s name:
The first step when it comes to picking a name for your baby is to think about the different types of names you like. Are you someone who prefers more traditional names or do you like more modern names?
Perhaps you are a fan of completely unique names and want to make sure you don’t know anyone else with the same name as your baby? There are lots of names to choose from, so deciding on a type is a good place to start.
Once you have decided the type of name you are looking for, it’s time to find some inspiration in the people and places around you. Think about your different passions and interests and what names you could pull from there.
Many people name their children after places they have been or famous people they like. Just looking around at what inspires you in life could lead you to the perfect name for your baby.
It is important that your child feels unique and has an individual name, so make sure you don’t get too caught up in family history and traditions. It is fine to name all your children using the same first letter, but make sure the names are very different to each other.
If you want to name your child after a relative, why not try and see if you can change it slightly or rearrange the letters to make an individual name based on that family member. For example, if you have a grandma Olga and you are having a boy, then why not call him Logan?
Choosing a first name is all very well, but you need to consider how that name will fit with their surname and initials, and check the overall compatibility of the name to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Say the full name out loud and check that it doesn’t sound too loud or too harsh and isn’t too hard to say. Try not to combine a name that ends in a vowel with a surname that starts with a vowel, as they will end up running into each other. Also avoid rhyming names and those that could sound at all comical, as your child probably won’t appreciate it.
Wait Until You Meet
With all this in mind, sometimes it can actually be just as easy to wait until you meet your child. Often a name won’t feel right until you have met them and found out what their character is like.
Often the more you try and over think a name, the more you may question whether it is right or not. The chances are that when you meet him or her, the perfect moniker will just roll of your tongue.
Keep it Quiet
You may want to shout it from the rooftops when you have finally chosen your newborn’s name, but this can often be a bad idea. The last thing you want is to deliberate over a name for weeks on end, only for a family member of friend to tell you how much they dislike it.
It is understandable to want to bounce a few names off your loved ones and get their opinion, but if you and your partner fall in love with a name, then don’t let anyone else ruin it for you.