What is in a name? A name is not only how we refer to our
baby, it also becomes a part of the baby's identity. It is a
big decision because it will be with us and our baby forever.
A baby name has important significance to parents. There are reasons they choose a particular name. It can be that they like the way it sounds. Maybe it is the name of a family member or someone special to them. The baby name can have some meaningful origin that is important or symbolic to the parents.
Deciding on the perfect name for our baby can sometimes seem overwhelming. There are so many possibilities. Where do we begin?
Following are 7 things to consider when choosing a baby name that is right for your baby:
When considering baby names, don't just read through a list. Be sure to say them out loud. Imagine calling your baby by the name. How does it sound to you? Say the name along with the baby's last name. How do they sound together? Are they compatible? You probably would not want them to rhyme like Sara O'Hara or Ronald McDonald.
Some names are trendy and become popular for a season such as the name Jennifer which was especially popular in the 80's. Names of famous people or characters in movies also tend to become popular for a time. Biblical names like Joshua and Joseph remain popular. Then there are old time names like Bertha or Henry that are no longer considered popular and are seldom used.
You may also want to consider the uniqueness of your baby's name. If it is very unusual, it will draw attention to your child. If it is very common, your child may have to be referred by his or her last name or last initial to distinguish him/her from others with the same name.
How will you spell your baby's name? There are different ways to spell the same name, consider Christal, Christall, Christel, Christele, Christell, Christle, Christol, Christyl, Chrystal, Chrystle, Cristal, Crystle, Kristal, Kristall, Kristel, Kristell, Kristelle, Kristl, Kristle, Kristol, Krystal, Krystall, Krystil, Krystl, Krystle, Krystol, Krystyl and Christl.
The pronunciation of your baby's name is also something to consider. Is it easy or difficult to say? How do you say the name Xavier? Actually, there are several different ways it can be pronounced. It would therefore pose more of a challenge than a name like Justin.
(6) Initials & Nicknames
How long is the name? Is it one syllable like Jan or several like Isabella? Remember that longer names often have nicknames. Isabella might be called Izzy, Belle, Bella, Ella, Ellie, or Allie. Be sure to think about the nicknames your child may be called. Also, what would your baby's initials be if you were to choose a particular name? Notice that Brian Anthony Dawson would have the initials B.A.D.
(7) Meanings, Friends & Family
All names have meanings and origin. Nicole is a Greek name, the feminine version of Nicholas, meaning people's victory. Nathan is a Hebrew name meaning gift from God.
However, the personal meaning parents attach to a name is most significant. The name might reflect the family's ancestry or religious preferences. Parents may name their baby after a beloved family member or friend. Or a name can be part of a family tradition where first born sons are named after their fathers.
Have fun choosing a perfect baby name! And remember that choosing the right baby name can be made so much easier when you consider the 7 tips outlined above.