Your new baby needs a name to begin his journey into life. Read about the serious business of choosing the right name for your baby.
Getting ready to bring a new baby into the world involves a lot of preparatory work. Your baby needs his own clothes, accessories, toiletries, toys, etc. One of the most important requirements though is his own
name. Your baby's name will identify him in a crowd and be a word which
he will associate himself with for the rest of his life. Your child
will not choose his own name. You, as his parent, will select it for him. With such an
important decision to make for your child, deciding on a name for your
baby should take into account the following factors.
Would you like your child to have a rare and unique
name? Remember that this name will then make him stand out in a crowd.
This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. He will easily
recognise when he is being called. At the same time, rare and
complicated names have immense potential for misunderstandings and
mistaken pronunciations. Teachers and caregivers may unintentionally
mangle your child's name if they have difficulty speaking it aloud.
At the same time, do not give your child a name that is too common. Varsha regrets the name she
gave to her son Anil. There were five boys with the same name in her
son's class at school. Everyone kept getting confused. For the entire
year, her son would proudly introduce himself as Anil B whenever he met
someone. Even at home, he would only respond if she called him by the same name.
A good tip is to go for a blend of rare and common names. If
you have a common surname, consider giving your child a slightly
unusual name to make it easier for him in school and later on, at the
workplace. On the other hand, if your surname is uncommon, give your
child a reasonably well known name.
Your baby's ancestry and religion is a big part of who he is. Many
parents name their child keeping these parameters in mind. It is
perfectly all right to choose to name your child after a god or
religious figure. Many religions
also have guidelines as to how to go about naming your baby. Sometimes,
you may like a name that does not fit into the traditional category. Do not be disheartened. Perhaps you can use it as a middle name. Another trend that is catching on is to name a baby based on Numerology. This is believed to help the child achieve success as he becomes older.
Many families also follow a tradition of naming children after elderly
or recently deceased members of the family. Some people also tend to
name the first-born son after his father and then suffix the name with
'Junior'. This creates a potentially confusing situation in the home.
Merely calling your child Junior may seem fine at first but is that
what you want him to be known as when he is thirty years old? Same goes
names of elderly family members. Your child will have to bear the brunt
if you decide to stick him with a name that went out of vogue over
fifty years ago.
Some names may be associated with bad memories.
Hence, it is best to avoid using them for your child. The name you
select may be a nice name but if you had a nasty colleague with the
same name, think twice. Are you going to be reminded of him every time
you call out to your child? If there is a possibility of that
happening, then discard the idea of using that name. Both parents must
agree on this subject. If either parent is uncomfortable with a
potential name, drop it. At the same time, do not press your partner for an explanation as to why he does not like the name.
Do not be browbeaten by other people when it comes to choosing
your baby's name. After all, you are the child's parents. Ultimately,
it is up to you and your spouse to choose a name that both of you are
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How did you go about choosing your baby´ s name? Did you have to follow any traditions? Do you know of any other criteria to keep in mind while choosing a name for your baby?
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