There are a few key essential things to consider before naming your baby, and I’d love to share those with you today! Naming a child is a huge honor, but it’s also a great responsibility because this name will go with your baby throughout their whole life. Each parent has different styles and tastes, but bear in mind that these are just optional guidelines to follow. Please continue reading for 8 things to consider before naming your baby!
1 Nicknames and Initials
Probably one of the most important things to consider before naming your baby is the nickname your child may adopt from their full name. If you don’t want your child’s name shortened to Jess, or John, steer clear of names like Jessica or Jonathan. Also, stay away from names that could be shortened into something mean or hurtful. Don’t forget to take your last name when combined with your choices, and what your child’s initials would be into consideration. These are all things that can have a huge impact on your child when they get older!
Do you want to have each of your children’s names start with the same letter? Would you like to have your boys’ names rhyme and your girls’ names rhyme? Maybe you would like a theme, say flower names for girls and country singers for boys? Deciding right away if you want a pattern is helpful in choosing a name for your baby!
3 Name Meaning
Never underestimate the importance of finding out what a name means before you choose it! Some parents like to choose a name completely based on what it means. There is nothing wrong with this method, but some people just pick a name they like and go with it. If name meaning is important to you, make sure you find out the meaning of the baby name you have picked out before signing the birth certificate!
Have you considered naming your baby after someone in your life? Perhaps your spouse, or a relative, maybe a good friend or even yourself! Some people like to pass a name down generation-to-generation, or name their kids after someone they idolize or someone who made a big impact on their life. Consider your spouse's feelings in this matter too, and ask yourself whether you want to give your child a namesake.
5 Family Religion or Beliefs
Depending on your family religion, you may choose a name to support your belief system or causes you rally for. If you have devout faith, discuss whether you want to name your child for a religious leader or cause. Maybe you or your spouse has family traditions that require you to name your child for religious beliefs. If not, you can still name your baby for a cause you support.
6 Family Name
Do you and your spouse share the same last name? Are you a single mom? Something to consider before baby arrives is the last name you want your child to have. Some families choose to hyphenate last names, others choose to give their child the last name of a mother's relative who has no children but wants their name to continue on. This is something to talk about with your spouse or with trusted friends before making a final decision!
7 Tradition versus Trends
We all know the “traditional” names versus the “trending” names. Names come and go in style, and it’s a matter of opinion. Traditional names will always be around, but trending names come and go. Some people don’t like plain traditional names; others argue that trending names can be over the top. This is all a matter of your own tastes, but something for you to think about when naming your baby!
8 Your Child’s Feelings
Probably the most important thing to consider when naming your child is their feelings on the matter. If you name your child after someone, ask yourself if your baby will always wish they had their “own” name. If you choose a trending name, how will your child feel when there are 5 other kids in his class with the same name? Do you wonder if a traditional name will always make your child feel boring or not unique? No matter what you decide, as the parent, reassure your child that their name is beautiful and lovely, just as they are!
My husband and I are currently expecting our first baby, and these are things we have taken into consideration. Remember, there is no rush to decide on a name! Some families wait until their baby is born before making a final decision on a name. What are your tips on picking a name for your baby?