What amazes me is after hours of deliberation, many parents still pick out horrible names for their children. Names that will embarrass them for the rest of their lives or are next to impossible to pronounce. Some people even use their middle names because they dislike the name their parents gave them.
Today I am giving you a few tricks and tips to help pick out your baby’s name.
Maybe you don’t think this is a serious subject, but there is an actual study showing bad baby names can ruin lives. Think I’m crazy, check out this post by Mother Jones.
Here are 7 tips to help you not screw up your child’s name:
1) Is This an Adult Name
Although the name may sound cute for your 6lb baby boy, will it still sound ok for your 6’3” 210lb young man? Before you decide on a name, make sure it will be suitable for an adult too!
2) What Will the Initials Spell
Spell out the initials. I say this because I actually know people whose initials spell out ASS…DIC…ZIT..ect. Only do this if you want to play a life long prank on your child.
3) Say the Name Out Loud
Make sure your child’s first name and last name flow. Ensure it sounds good. Say it out loud and you will know if it works or not.
4) Is Your Child’s Name a Pun
For example…if your last name is Wood, avoid naming your daughter Holly. You may be chuckling to yourself now, but your daughter will hate you even more than normal during her teenage years if her name is Holly Wood!
5) Avoid Picking a Name Based on Meaning
Your son or daughter is not going to get special treatment because their name means “chosen one” or “miracle”. Especially if the name is not practical in any way.
For example, Helga means “the sacred one”. My guess is very few people want to name their daughter Helga in 2014 and even fewer people think “sacred one” when they hear that name.
Children can be cruel, so try to avoid any potential names that can turn into mean nicknames. This may be difficult, but just something to be cognizant about.
7) Is the Name Based on a Fictional Character
I love my super heroes, but I highly discourage you to name any of your children after them. Avoid names like Peter Parker, Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, or especially James Bond. It will just help your child in the long run.
Follow these simple tips/rules and you will pick the perfect name.
Do you have any additional tips/rules that may help parents out?