What’s in a Name?

Image via Flickr/Jack Dorsey
Image via Flickr/Jack Dorsey

Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are you have heard about the little boy whose parents were court ordered to change their child's name from Messiah to Martin.  But this isn't a post about whether forcing that change was right or wrong; an exercise in too much government or necessary for the well-being of the child.  This post is about the importance of a child's name.

According to experts, when you name your child you are automatically ‘branding' them in the same way that companies brand themselves.  In fact, your child's name can give others clues about both the socioeconomic and educational background of your child and family.  Many books, such as “Naming for Success,” even come to conclusions that your child's name can either inhibit or foster success in his or her life.  For instance – did you know that naming your daughter Alison  gives her a higher chance of being accepted into law school than does the name Daisy? Did you know that unusual names that go against the grain are often associated with Hollywood or the creative arts and could predispose your child to those life paths? 

No matter how special you may think a name is, your child is the one that has to live with it.

Some other hints from naming experts are avoiding creative, but awkward spellings of your child's name.  When naming a boy, it is best to stay away from names that are feminine in nature.  However, when naming girls, the New York Times Reports that,

Considering that engineering, science, and computers and mathematics are some of the best majors for steady work and high earnings, a more masculine name for a girl could really pay off in the long run. Additionally, a study from Clemson University showed that women with more traditionally male names made more successful lawyers and judges than women with more feminine names.”

Parents are also encouraged to think about the acronym created by the letters of the combined names.  Make sure that their initials don't spell out something negative or something that can be taken offensively.  

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The bottom line is that naming your child is not a duty that should be taken lightly.   Certainly, you want your child to stand out as something special and unique.  That being said, you also don't want to stick your child with a name that automatically annotates something negative. In other words, choose wisely  – and think about your child's future.  No matter how special you may think a name is, your child is the one that has to live with it.

How did you decide on a name for your child? 

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What’s in a Name?

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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5 comments

  1. Maria says:

    mmm i went with hispanic tradition jr. lol

  2. ProudMomma says:

    I hope my choice gives my baby justice

  3. ProudMomma says:

    This has definitely been hard for me . . . we have a tentative name that could still change before she gets here!!!

  4. Phammom says:

    We picked three and waiting till we see his face. For now we call him buddy.

  5. Heather says:

    I absolutely agree that a name can have something to do with success. How many successful people do you know named NorthWest????? LoL. When picking my kids names we tried to have a strong firm sounding name but we also have given all of our kids a name sake from other loved ones in our families. When applying for a job the first thing the person see’s on the application is your name. A strong name can automatically have a potential employer wondering about what type of person is Evianna Nichole….. or Garrett Glen…. or LaTrisha Ann. A strong name can take people far in life. You don’t hear of too many crazy odd ball names making it high up the management chain. Moo Moo is a great nick name, but not something to name a kid. (just my opinion.)

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