Along the way of life we meet a lot many people. Some are in our lives until the time we open eyes to the world for the very first time and other join us later such as our friends and children.
Babies are the god’s most wonderful gift he blessed the parents with. However, a few aspects of your pregnancy are as overwhelming and emotional as settling on your little one’s name.
The best part is you won’t ever find anything as much pleasurable as picking a perfect moniker for your newborn.
What’s in a Name?
To give your children a nice name is an important endeavor. It is your baby’s first identity. And, after all, they have to live with it throughout their lives. You must comprehend that it isn’t always as easy as going with your much-liked name, either.
You Are Going To Name Me What?
I wish I could ask this from my parents because they named me after a week I hit the planet earth; my father told me (wink). Well, it is obvious that newborns couldn’t ask this. But, people around you would certainly come up with the same inquiry.
“In 2002, 77% of babies born in the USA had names on the Top 1000, according to government data. By 2011, only 73% did.”
Parents can get inspirations from anywhere to name the newborn. The most suitable baby-name choices cab ne extracted from family connections and heroic personalities you admire the most.
How to Choose Name for Your Newborn?
Picking a beautiful, awe-inspiring name for a newborn sometimes make the parents overwhelmed. They may feel like stuck in the rut with a lot many options and several recommendations from the family members who are equally excited.
You know what’s more amazing – having the twins. Wow! A twofold increment in your responsibilities – let’s add more efforts to your babies name hunt.
Where to Commence your Venture From?
The new arrival- baby not only enters the clan after creating a lot trouble to parents; man’s fret about taking care of pregnant spouse, and woman’s agony all through the process. The first touch of your angel will make all worries and pains disappear.
What next? Yes, the ‘trial and error’ phase to pick the best name for your little cutie. It must not only sound good, but also should have a meaningful interpretation.
No wonder that besides your list of possible names you think up for the champ; baby girl or boy, it is obvious that your relatives and friends will likely to offer you the suggestions of their own. The choice is yours whether you consider their preferences or not. I think you should give it a try.
Commit to Memory – There is NO Thumb Rule
The fact is there is no firm principle of picking a nice name for your child. There is no right or wrong in it. The most appropriate way is to make a list of all available options and choose the one you love.
Things to Think About While Naming the Baby
Looking for your newborn’s name that will make him stand tall in the crowd? Enlisted below are a few important things that you should bear in mind as you finalize the name.
1. Name Should Age Well
Whatever name you choose, it should go well with all life stages that will happen to your child. Imagine your kid in an academic or professional situation, presenting a business proposal to a client or facing the interview panel.
Do not be over sentimental. Pick a nice name that won’t mortify your child when reached adulthood. Names such as lucky, bubbly, and jolly – might seem overly cloying when your child is a teenager.
2. How it Sound?
Think about the tones of your preferred names. The sound a name produce matters a lot when you call your kid. Is it pleasant to hear, or does it sound rough and ear-piercing.
Does it echo well with your last name? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their daughter ‘North’. Last name, ‘West’ – quit crazy.
Skip puns for your child’s sake. Expunge the likelihoods of embarrassment or fun situations when your child is an adult.
3. Popularity Level:
It is another important factor to take into consideration. According to Forbes Magazine, a study was conducted to know how fast parents respond to the trendy baby names. And, the conclusion says ‘popular names are popular with parents’.
The easiest way to name your baby is to decide on a popular name. it could be a religious name, celebrity’s name or any heroic personality you admire the most.
Unique names attract a lot many parents because this distinguishes their children from others. However, in some instances an exceptionally unusual can bring them frustration. And, key reason is name’s mispronunciation that can annoy your child like hell.
Think about people finding it difficult to pronounce an extremely unique name. Do not make him or her subjected to a lifetime of correcting others how to say his name.
Give your child a creative name that is easy to say for all. For example, ‘Alle’ sounds more inimitable in contrast to ‘Aliana’ or ‘Allenora’
Here comes the importance of your picked name’s meaning. You can easily research the meanings of your preferred names online. It will aid you finalize the most perfect one for your newborn.
For instance, ‘Gabriel’ might be your family name, however knowing that it means “god is my strength’ or ‘a hero of God’ could also be an ideal way to honor the family member related to military.
Give your children respectable initials that no one can transform into bad nicknames.
Naming a boy ‘Jack’ with middle name ‘Mary/Mariam’ sounds awkwardly feminine and can lead to an ill-fated moniker in school. And naming a girl ‘Hazel Nutt’ also seems quite unreasonable.
‘Anthony Leek’ can nearly piss anyone laughing because it’s quite an unfortunate name. Imagine your child as a high school teacher and his students calling him with an embarrassing nickname ‘Mr. Leak’.
I know a person names ‘enis’- I am dead serious; it appears too shameful.
7. Look for a Win-Win
Still perplexed? Let’s name your baby reflecting your heritage. There might be a pressure from family members to give the child you beloved grandfather’s name that’s not on your top 10 list.
Give your newborn the first name as you want and your grandmother’s name as his middle name. Or, you can go the opposite – call your child by his middle name.
Give your Baby a Beautiful Name
Often parents feel good about a name, but do not know if its meaning will be right for their baby or not. Because several names are just in fashion, but lacks a good meaning and usually have no significant sense.
Here is a list of baby names with their meanings to help out the would-be parents.
50 Baby Girl Names with Meanings
Meaning: Pledged to God
Meaning: Birthday of the Lord
Meaning: God’s Oath, Bright one
Meaning: Fairy maiden
Origin: English flower name
Meaning: Flower associated with virgin Mary
Meaning: noble, nobility
Meaning: Noble Strength
Meaning: Free man
Meaning: Told by God
Origin: Italian variation of Ariadne
Meaning: Most Holy
Meaning: Bright Shining One
Meaning: Heavens, Highborn, Exalted
Meaning: Bright, Clear
Meaning: White Shadow, White Wave
Meaning: Stone of the side
Meaning: Lily, a flower
Meaning: Hunting Grounds
Meaning: A flowering stream
Origin: Biblical place-name plus Hebrew
Meaning: The Lord is my teacher
Meaning: Song of the Lord
Meaning: High Tower
Origin: Feminine Version of Brian
Meaning: Strong, Virtuous and Honorable
Meaning: King’s Meadow
Meaning: Strength, Health
Origin: Feminine variation of Michael
Meaning: Who is like God
Meaning: Shining Light
50 Baby Boy Names with Meanings
Origin: Irish short form of William
Meaning: Resolute protection
Meaning: Strong, Firm
Meaning: Yahweh is god
Meaning: God is my judge
Meaning: God is gracious
Meaning: Estate ruler
Meaning: Strong and manly
Meaning: Brave in war
Meaning: Joined, Attached
Meaning: Gift of god
Meaning: Enlightened, Exalted
Meaning: Appointed by god
Meaning: A friend to talk with in the evening
Meaning: Ascended, Uplifted, High
Meaning: Carried by God
Meaning: the Lord has remembered
Meaning: Little Warrior
Meaning: Great, Magnificent
Meaning: People of victory
Meaning: Bright fame
Meaning: White Hawk
Meaning: Fortunate, Blessed, Happy One
Origin: Spanish version of Mathew
Meaning: Gift of god
Origin: British surname
Meaning: Cavalryman, Messenger
Origin: Italian and Spanish version of German name ‘Leonard’
Meaning: Brave Lion
Meaning: Free man
Meaning: Father of peace
Meaning: Sword, Fiery Torch
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: Eternal Ruler
Origin: Russian variation of John
Meaning: God is gracious
Meaning: Honoring God
Meaning: Crown, Garland
Meaning: Cheerful, Handsome
Meaning: King, Ruler
Meaning: The Listener
There are a lot many modern invented names. Origin and meaning of such monikers are unidentified, but they are in vogue such as Zayden, Aidan, Caden, Jesse and much more.
The Art of Naming - Pitfalls to Watch For
The moment you think of naming your baby will be followed by a plentiful of pitfalls. The potential snags you will have to face while dealing with this herculean task include over popularity, humiliating meanings and embarrassing initials to name a few.
If you do not want to make this venture of baby-name selection any harder, then it is recommended to find out the trip-ups now; before signing the birth certificate.
It is better to run your top name list through our baby-naming pitfalls enlisted below.
- Problematic Name Pairings
It happens when you already have one, two or more children. Most of the times you will need to say their names together such as calling for dinner or bed time.
Give your newborn a name that goes well with his siblings’ names. Say your newborn’s soon-to-be name together with names of your other kids. If your ears find it nice, it’s great. Or else, it’s something to think about.
John and Cady, its play time! It sounds much better than Sam and Ella, its play time. It seems like you are calling a food-borne illness ‘Salmonella’. Oops!
- A Lifetime Of Correction
A number of the most beautiful and attractive names usually lend themselves to wrong pronunciation. It is more common with the contemporary names that today’s modern parents settle on for their kids. Your child will definitely find it a nuisance
It is all fine if the name you pick is not so common. But, save your child from the forever trouble of correcting people for accurate pronunciation and spelling of their names.
Consider some unique, but less-tricky and easy to pronounce names.
- Embarrassing Initials
I have seen many teenagers cursing their family for giving them embarrassing initials.
Joseph Gabriel Patrick is indeed a nice name until you notice the initials. This is my nephew’s name living in Japan. As he entered the high school we all realized how upsetting his initials are – J.G.P. The elder boys at school offended him by calling ‘Japanese Gay Prostitute’. Sigh!
So, always try to circumvent the likelihoods of such rude awakenings later and check the initials in the first place before finalizing any name.
- The Nickname Trap
Make sure that whatever name you are going to give your child should not be converted to bad and annoying nick names.
One of my seniors at elementary school named ‘Dizzy’ that sounds pretty cool and unique. Not only her name was misspelled often, but other students nicknamed her ‘Lizzie’. ‘Mavra’ turns into ‘larva’ and ‘Hannah’ into ‘Banana’.
Do not ever allow this pitfall stop you and check all the possible nicknames for your picked name. No-nickname camp is the best way to avoid any future misfortune for your child.
Your baby will grow and get mature with the name you choose for them. Yes, they can change it at any stage of their adulthood. However, normally the name given to them by their parents is what they adore the most. So, let them spend their lives with full confidence and respect.
Do you want to go traditional baby names, trendy or entirely unique? Gather all the great ideas and give your cutie pie an ideal name that always proud him of you.