Naming your baby can be an intense process. Some parents-to-be might feel the pressure of coming up with that unique and perfect name for their little one. This pressure can lead to rash decisions that later result in regrets.
If you are having a difficult time coming up with a name for your baby, don’t sweat it. For a few helpful tips to avoid those baby name regrets, read on.
Before beginning the naming process, figure out what your most important priorities are for your baby’s name.
Priority 1: Uniqueness
If your main priority is to come up with a name that is unique, and, perhaps, even completely different, there are a few things to remember:
- Be sure the name blends well with middle and last name. You don’t want to end up tongue-tied when introducing your new precious baby.
- Go with easier spelling rather than raising questions of how to pronounce the name. This will help aid your child’s future friends, teachers, employers, and others.
- Avoid making it so unique that it is downright strange. Children, sadly, can be teased and bullied if their name sounds funny or weird. A unique name can be unique without being a source of embarrassment.
Priority 2: Meaning
Finding a name that has a special or beautiful meaning is a great naming purpose. Think of a place or time in your life when you were happy, or that holds precious memories. Maybe the city you honeymooned in or a favorite vacation spot. Or maybe you want to find a name that means a specific word or phrase. You can find name definitions on the internet or in baby names books.
No matter what your priority in naming is, be sure to look up the definition of the name, to be sure it is not something unpleasant.
Priority 3: Heritage
Naming your baby after a loved one deceased or living is never going to go out of style. It is a great way to pass on your family pride to your children. If you are interested in naming your baby after a person of importance, it’s a good idea to incorporate these tips into the process:
- Get to know the person or ancestor you want to name your baby after. If you have their life story and what kind of person they are or were, it makes the name even more special to you, your family, and especially your child. As they grow, they will be proud and want to share the stories with others of who they are named after.
- If the name is not your favorite, but you really want to include the ancestor into the name, middle names are always a great way to accomplish this.
- Old fashioned names are coming back in style and can even accomplish the uniqueness priority as many of the names have not been in circulation for many years.
Priority 4: Similarity
Many families share similarities in their names. This can be a fun and unique naming technique, but can also lead to “namer’s block.” This can limit your name choices to stick with the tradition, but you wouldn’t want your next child to not have the same pattern for their name. If you have started the similarity naming of your other children and have become stuck on your options, here are a few ways to open more names:
- Think outside the box. You can put names together to form a new name that would go with your naming patter. For example, if you are naming your boys all with the ending of “son” but have run out of options you like, try putting other names before son such as Danson, Benson, Grantson, you get the idea.
- If nothing can be found that goes well, try just using the middle name as the traditional name pattern. For instance, if you are going with the first letter in each name the same, you could simply pick a name you like and have the middle “name” be the letter you are using such as Kim, Karissa, Kami, and Brinlee K. You can make up your own rules as you go along.
Having similarity in family names is a fun tradition that doesn’t just limit your naming choices, but can actually be helpful in narrowing down names so the decision is easier.
Priority 5: Suitability
You could spend hours deciding on the perfect name for your baby only to finally meet him and find that the name does not quite suit him. This is why you should have a few options in mind, and then wait until he is born before putting it in ink, or crocheting it on a keepsake. Many times, parents meet their baby and pick a completely different name than the one they had in mind.
However, children change as they grow and their personalities develop, so, if you want to stick with a specific name, it will eventually belong to them and suit them.
Priority 6: Pre-Conceived
Many of us have had a favorite baby name that we chose back in our pre-teens. These names can be great options for your baby as long as you keep a few things in mind:
- Is the name extremely popular?
- Will your child have the same name as 20 other kids at school?
- Does the name go well with your current last name?
- Is the name suitable for your baby?
- Can you picture the name in a more professional setting?
If you can answer each of these questions honestly and the answers are desirable, then go with it. This will avoid later regrets of not using that name you really loved.
No matter what priority or priorities are on your list, know that, once you have made the choice, it is important to leave regrets behind and fall in love with the name. Your child will be just as adorable, healthy, and happy with whatever name they have. When you have figured out your priorities, and covered all the possibilities, baby names become perfect.