Choosing a name for your baby is an important decision you have to make as a parent. It can be fun, but the responsibility of naming another human being can make it a bit intimidating. After all, your child will carry that name throughout their life so you have to pick a name that is worth it.
You may or may not have a name ready for your baby, but just before you give your baby a name that will probably last forever, there are things you have to take note of. It doesn’t have to be a stressful experience but rather something swift and enjoyable.
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Here are 10 things to note when picking a name for your baby
Be careful with meanings
Some states and countries actually have laws that prevent you from naming a child anything that is considered a historical problem. Make sure you are very careful while picking out names for your baby not just for the sake of it being considered a historical problem but also for the sake of your baby’s future. Most people say the meaning of a name follows the person answering it so it is vital to be careful.
Give thought to the uniqueness
Unique names are creative and fun. But, a name that is too unique can be tough to get through life with. If it is too difficult to spell or pronounce, others may avoid saying it or spelling it wrong. The child may have to repeat it and spell it out over and over again and this could be really daunting for the child.
Think about the nicknames
Take a look at all the potential nicknames people could give your baby in relation to the names you picked out and make sure you not only like them but that you feel good about how they would suit your baby in a good way.
Write out the initials
You may want to make sure that you aren’t giving your baby initials that spell something rude or odd when it is written out. Take your time and make sure you write out the initials of all the names you have considered and choose the most appropriate.
Consider sibling names
You may want to give your baby a name that has the same first initial as your other children if you have any since they’ll often be said to be together probably all their life.
Check for multiple spellings
Make sure you check for multiple spellings from the names you picked out. You may not be sure of a specific name, but when you change the spelling, it can make all the difference. It can also make a difference in how easy or difficult it is for your baby when he/she comes of age to spell and explain.
Check for similar names
Check for similar names relating to the ones you have decided to pick out. Just in case the names you pick don’t align with what you want then you can have other options in mind. A similar name can fix an issue with initials, meaning, or nicknames, that have been picked out.
Add a little diversity
If you aren’t sure about a very unique name or a very traditional name, you can always balance it out with a middle name. Pick a conventional name for the first name and a unique name for the middle name, or vice versa.
Realize your geography may matter
You might love a name that is geographically bound, perhaps to a local celebrity or location. But, it may be looked at differently in different areas of the country or the world which may bother you or not. So you have to take this into consideration.
Don’t be afraid to change a tradition
Some last names have made their way into the world of first names and some boy’s names are becoming more and more common for girls. Even some boys now bear feminine names so whatever works for you is fine.
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