Names are important. They make up the initial identity of a person, and they make a big first impression. Naming your baby is one of the most important parts of giving birth, and you’ll likely feel a bit nervous about choosing the perfect name. While it’s impossible to please everyone with your baby name, you should try to select a name that means something to you and your partner and that sets your child up for success. Here’s how to choose the best baby name!
Do your research
You’re probably nervous enough as you wait for the birth of your child. You don’t want to add extra stress to this already complicated time! It’s worth, however, taking the time to research different baby names. Looking at popular actress names, historical names, and more might be just the spark you need to create a list of names you love! While you might find one name you really connect with, it’s important to create a list of names you’re passionate about, so you can ask others for input and have more than one option if you realize one name isn’t a right fit after finally seeing your baby for the first time.
Listen to the sound of the name
The most important part of the name is generally how it sounds. Does it sound nice, or is it harsh and confusing? Is it something that complements your last name and middle name selection, or does it clash? Try to avoid rhyming names or anything that doesn’t sound great together. If the name sounds good to you, try it on trusted friends and family members to see how it sounds to them.
What is the meaning behind the name?
Every name has a unique meaning. While nobody should feel tied to the meaning behind their name, it is an important step in finding the perfect baby name. There are many resources online that share the history of popular names, as well as the translated meaning. Some names have common, well-known meaning like everyone knows Belle means “beauty,” but others might surprise you!
How will this name age?
Names can sometimes age an individual. Trendy names will be indicative of the time they were born, even when that names goes out of style. Popular culture icons as names can also age someone as those figures are likely to gain or lose popularity over time. Consider how your child’s name will grow with them over time. Some names that suit children like Bunny or Buddy might seem cute now, but how will those names work in a professional setting latter in life? Names are permanent, so take all ages into account when choosing.
Finally, brainstorm nicknames
Nicknames have become almost more popular than actual names recently. Many parents are emphasizing nicknames before deciding on a name for their child. Nicknames like Sam, Charlie, and Theo are gaining popularity as more children are named Samantha, Charlotte, or Theodore. These nicknames can be a fun way to give your child more choice when it comes to his or her name. When creating a list of names, consider any potential nicknames and whether you want your child to have nicknames. Some names seem to come with their own nicknames that can be hard to shake. Names like Jillian and William always seem to bring along Jill and Bill. Nicknames are an important part of your name decision process.
Choosing the perfect baby name takes time
It takes time and effort to decide on the perfect name for your child. Don’t be afraid to take your time with the process! It might be best to hold off on deciding on an official name until after you’ve birthed your child and have see him or her for the first time. Despite what you might see in popular media, there is no right or wrong way to name a child. As long as you’re confident in your choice, you’ll be just fine!