Common Questions about Baby Names

belly nameNaming your new baby can be an extremely long and difficult process. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that this will be one of the most crucial decisions that you make for your baby, since he/she will have to live with it for the rest of their lives.

Will my baby be named in honor of someone special? This is a common idea, and is often times harmless. In certain situations, for instance when the child is named after his father, this may cause confusion when calling for people through the house. Or you may really want to honor your great aunt, but cannot quite imagine raising a baby Gertrude. In situations such as this, consider naming the child by using names that have matching initials, or using Gertrude as a middle name. And remember, although you may live your life by the melodic tunes of Sting, or idolize the terribly misunderstood Darth Vader, your son may not feel the same way. It may be a good idea to steer clear of names of rock stars and fictional characters.

Am I letting the constant barrage of suggestions from friends and family influence my decision? When it comes down to it, the only person greatly affected by your choice will be the baby. Sometimes it is easiest to keep your decision to yourself until the baby is born. It may also be the case that the name you have chosen just doesn't seem right once the baby is born.

How will my new child's name relate to the names of my other children? It is common for a family to have a theme for their names, Biblical, for example. Some parents will name their children alphabetically, their first born being Alex, followed by Betsy and Chad. In the case of twins, avoid using names that are too similar, like Krista and Christina, especially for identical twins, since often times they depend on their names for their individuality. It may also be a good idea to avoid using big intricate names for one twin, and a common name for the other. Bill may someday wonder why you put so much more thought into naming Constantine.

How will my child feel about their name in school? At work? Kids will be kids, and they will pick on other kids. It is one of those unavoidable certainties. Consider this before naming your child Ben Dover. Don't forget to consider initials. Pam Olivia Oscar will undoubtedly be known as Poo, and there is no hope at all for Alex Sonoma Stevens. To be extra safe, also check every possible pronunciation before deciding on a name. Remember that your child will carry this name for the rest of his or her life. Although many names work very well for cute little babies, it may be difficult for Fifi Pinkerton to earn respect in the workplace.

Many of these tips may seem like common sense, but then again, David Bowie named his child Zowie.

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And of course, these are not the only things to consider when choosing your baby's name. Take your time. Relax, but also remember that this decision will affect the rest of your child's life, so just be sensible.

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Common Questions about Baby Names

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26 comments

  1. Alanna says:

    It’s hard not to internalize what others say about my child’s name.

  2. LIZ says:

    it took us about all my pregnancy to pick the name thats so hard

  3. Lynna says:

    ya, my family and friends keep saying its a girls name jayden? but i love that name. and know a couple boys named that…its a unisex name? am i right?

  4. Phammom says:

    Hard choice. We have three names picked but want to wait for our boy to be born. Highly thinking the middle name will be after his dad.

  5. Marina says:

    My husband chosen the name even before we conceived.

  6. JessiLoveday says:

    It sort of surprises people when I tell them that I’m named after my grandfather, since I’m female. My mom gave me a girl’s first name, but my middle name is Rhae (grandpa was Ray) and my last name is Loveday (so was his).

  7. Monica says:

    We’re Still Working On Names…We Have A Few Picked Out, But No Definite Decisions Yet…

  8. I decided on a name last night 🙂 we were going to name our son after his dad and grandpa but I don’t like how they spell it and they both have records. I’ve decided on my own to honor my late uncle instead. The only person I’ve told is my mother and she loves it!

  9. im still looking another name for my boy..

  10. Lulu says:

    I took a long time choosing my daughter’s name! Input from my mom helped decide the final outcome.

  11. julie says:

    very nice names.

  12. Anastacia113 says:

    My children’s initials are 1.M.A.B.D 2.A.M.W.A 3.A.A.T.A and AleXander AleXavier & AleXandria are their names that match with mine in length and lettering (Anastacia)

  13. Alisha says:

    My grandfather (deceased) was Leo Clarence….my baby daddy (deceased) was Mark….I was having a girl….i wanted her to be named after both….thus becoming Chloe Marie….it doesn’t always have to be exactly as their name was….be creative and make it fit!

  14. JamJam says:

    if i was having a son he would have been named after my grandpa

  15. I thought of Kevin Peter, my father was Kevin (as was my beat friend that died tragically in high school) and Peter is my father in law. My wife didn’t like it, so it looks like we are going with Riley, but Idk what to do about a middle name. Good thing we have 4 more months to think about it!

  16. I have so many different names but i think we finally found one 🙂

  17. Valerie says:

    My son will not be named after anyone, me and my husband just juggled different names until we found a combination we like. Ryder Blayne. Not everyone likes his name but so what, this is mine, and my husbands child, not theirs.

  18. Jeanetta says:

    Great questions to ask myself…

  19. ErinF says:

    Good suggestions. I’ve had to toss my favorite "A" names because in combination with the middle name I want, the initials are very unfortunate. I’m also planning on keeping the name under wraps until after the birth to avoid unwanted suggestions!

  20. I named my daughter after her 2 grandmothers

  21. DesMarie13 says:

    my husband and i like the name wyatt. we had the worst time finding a middle name … so he offered his granfathers name as our sons middle name, leroy. i dont love it, but it has a meaning to my husband so at least our son ill know it came out of love.

  22. Brittney says:

    I loved the name I picked for my son. Jacoby Scott 🙂 his middle name is my dad’s middle name.

  23. Ksm831 says:

    Definitely agree with thinking about how your child will feel. My husband and I agreed we wouldn’t choose names that rhyme with certain things and doesn’t sound inappropriate or odd all together.

  24. SammysMOMMY says:

    I’m happy with the name that whe chose for our son!

  25. SammysMOMMY says:

    The last sentence of this article is pretty powerful!

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