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Hello, My Name Is… Tips for taking your baby’s name choices for a test run.
Last week, we talked about compromising and working together with your partner to choose a name. Once you manage to get a list of your possibilities, try out a few of these tests to see how they fare.
Testing 1, 2, 3
Is that Anne with an -e, or without? Even the simplest names can cause spelling challenges. However, spelling a common name, like Lindsay, as Lyndszeigh is going to give your child some issues. Every year, on the first day of school, your child will know when the teacher reaches her name, as she stares blankly at the sheet, trying to decipher the letters and come up with the matching sounds.
Shout it out!
The mall, the playground, the football field, the airport – you'll be calling this name in public places for years to come. You'll be shouting it to try to capture your wandering toddler's attention, to try to discipline your rebellious teen, and to cheer on your college graduate. Think about using this name for the rest of your life. Then try it. Go to the mall, and start calling for your child. Nobody there has to know that the child is still in utero. Try it out. And, don't forget to try the entire name – first, middle, and last. Does it roll off your tongue? Will little Alexander Xavier Jorgensen be forever tripping over the syllables of his own name? Will little Samantha Sage Smith have a speech impediment, and be unable to pronounce her “s” sounds correctly?
Write it down.
How will this name look on the top of a resume? Do the initials work together, or is poor Sierra Anne Davis going to feel a little blue her whole life? Imagine meeting someone with that name. Are they: smart, strong, confident, and/or successful? Make sure that you like the person you are picturing. They will be all yours.
If you finally find a name that passes the test, take our best advice regarding baby naming. If you don't want to know what people really think, don't share the name until there is a fully formed and birthed baby attached to it. If you tell your best friend in the world that you are considering the name Ingrid, she won't hesitate to tell you about the hideous girl from her college dorm named Ingrid, who had body odor and ran a meth lab from her room.
If, however, you proudly introduce your adorable little newborn to the in-laws as Harriet, your response is likely to be more about the beauty of the child than the reaction to the name. You may be faced with a politely restrained, “That's an interesting choice,” which you can decipher however you choose.