When it comes to choosing a name for your baby, does your mind suddenly go blank? Or do you have so many names that the idea of narrowing it all down causes a mild panic of sorts? You’re not alone! Choosing a name is actually a huge deal- your child has to live with it for the rest of their lives, after all. It needs to suit them. It needs to flow from the tongue. It needs to be easily pronounced. It’s not just a case of closing your eyes and choosing the first name that your finger lands on in the Big Book of Baby Names!
So how do you go about it all? Do you follow celebrity trends and go with the notion that if it’s okay with Kanye West, it’s okay with me? Or do you prefer more traditional methods of choosing? Your baby’s name reflects largely on YOU and so not only are you giving your child a name that they have to carry around for the rest of their lives, you are showing the world another little piece of your own personality too. So how to get it right?
- Who gets to choose? Maybe you and your partner both have a name you love but you just can’t decide which to use- or you can’t agree. If you can’t blend the name (think Nigella here) then how about using one for the middle name instead? If you really can’t agree, it might be best to choose a whole new name and save those two for a double middle name!
- You don’t have to use a family name. I know lots of families like to stick to tradition and sometimes family kind of expect it too. But you don’t have to use Great Uncle Egbert’s name if you don’t like it! If a family name is really something you want to use, look a little further up the line for a more modern name that might suit you more.
- Go with your ancestry… or someone else’s. You may have family roots in Croatia- are there any Croatian names that strike you as the perfect name? You may not have any roots in any country other than the one you were born in, and that’s fine. It doesn’t mean you can’t look further afield when it comes to choosing a name. If you had a wonderful holiday in Sicily and there is a Sicilian name that works well with your surname, then why not? Leading to the next point…
- Think of the surname! Sometimes the more exotic names just don’t sit well with ‘Smith’. Remember to consider your child’s name being called out in full! Also, remember that other children will quickly pick up on anything unusual, especially in a name and including initials. Write the name down in as many ways as possible and make sure there is nothing there to cause alarm!
- Keep it to yourself. Sometimes, when the perfect name is so perfect, it can be hard to keep it quiet. But if you tell people your name of choice, you risk four things. 1- people hate it, and they tell you so. Rude, yes, but some people won’t mind telling you how ridiculous they think your carefully chosen choice is. 2- people use it when referring to your bump. If this doesn’t bother you, fine. But if the idea of people calling your bump by name makes you feel funny, keep it to yourself for now. 3- you might go off the name yourself. It could happen! 4- someone else likes the name so much that they use it themselves for their own baby. The worst that could happen! Leave it as a surprise and none of the above will be an issue.
So what are the names that we are choosing to call our little ones? According to British Baby Names some of the the current favourites are Alex, Logan, Rupert, William, Joseph and Cameron for boys. Popular girls names in the UK are currently Amelia, Faith, Isla, Lola, Scarlett and Sophie. All nice names, and fairly conventional. Comparing those names to the names given to some of the first babies born in the US… we have Nash, Harley and Brooklyn. We also have Vivianna and Dior too (Huffington Post). I know which batch I prefer!
How did you choose your baby’s name? Do let us know!