What's in a name: How to choose the right name for your baby
Based on "The Best Baby Names Treasury" by Emily Larson, here are the six Cardinal rules of baby-naming to consider, both in terms of the monikers themselves and the process of choosing them. It's what you need to know in order to let the best of the best shine through!
1. Say it out loud:
A name might look great on paper, but the second it's said out loud it could very well lose its appeal. on the other hand, some names may seem like poor choices until they're actually spoken. Utter all the names you've chosen - first, middle(s), and last in every possible combination in order to assess readability, pronunciation, and likability.
2. Make it personal:
This is about more than just being creative. Often, the difference between a good name and a great name is a personal touch. finding a name that means something special within your family context and/or to the two of you as a couple is key. Pick one from a family tree; salute your spiritual , cultural, or religious heritage; remember a beloved vacation spot – all of great angles for sourcing that perfect moniker.
3. Keep it quiet:
Unless you're ready to hear criticism and witness unpleasant reactions to your choices, keep your decision private until you introduced baby to the world. At that point, people will be far less likely to run off at the mouth. Elderly family members in particular seem to have trouble being kind when hearing unusual names, and might also react poorly if you've decided to go against religious customs or carrying on a family naming tradition. The easiest way not to have these arguments or be forced into defending your favorite is to simply not open the door to discussing them at all.
4. Love it or leave it:
There are probably plenty of names you don't mind, but how many are there you absolutely adore? You must hold yourself to this highest possible standard and find one that satisfies all your needs, or else you may one day be prone to namer's remorse. the good news (if you're having a singleton) is that you need only settle on one. the bad news is that both you and your significant other need to agree on your child's name 100%, which makes it infinitely harder.
5. Be kind to your child:
Beware of too-cute names, silly spelling, gender and sensitivities, and even cool associations. in matter what, no matter what, you must always consider the fetal position first: Are you choosing a name baby will grow to love, or could it conceivably be one she comes to hate? Keep this thought front and center at all times.
6. Do your research:
Due diligence is not an option: You must research any and all names you decide upon, even if you could never imagine there being a problem. Get online and google each name's back-story. even the most seemingly benign association can sour a name years down the road, when it's too late to change your mind. we know one first-time mom who named her daughter Dora. It's a lovely name, to be sure, but veteran parents chuckled when they heard it, since virtually every preschooler under the sun knows Dora the explorer is the most popular kids' show after sesame street. Worse, still, than naming baby after a cartoon character would be unknowlingly calling her Cindy if your last name is Margolis, or Jenna if your last name is Jameson - two of the today's hottest "adult" entertainment Stars!