Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Now that you have a little one on the way, it’s time to think about what you’ll name your future son or daughter.
Deciding on a name for your baby should be a fun and exciting experience, but it’s also one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Before you settle on a name, you may want to consider the following points:
Trendy vs. Traditional
Perhaps you’re leaning towards one of the top 10 names of the year or your favourite name happens to be the same as a popular movie character (like Bella or Jacob from the Twilight series, for example). Or maybe you’re leaning towards a more traditional name that is always “in style” like Sarah or Jonathan.
There is nothing wrong with going either trendy or traditional. After all, traditional names were considered trendy at one time! But if you’re not keen on having your son or daughter share the same name with other kids in the classroom, you may want to avoid what’s popular right now.
Maybe you’re not a fan of trendy or traditional and would rather think up a name that no other baby will have! Before you allow your creative juices to flow however, consider how the name you select will affect your son or daughter in the future.
Selecting a unique name ensures your child will stand out from the crowd whether he or she wants to or not. While a unique name certainly didn’t deter Olympic skier Picabo Street, it doesn’t always work out for the best for everyone.
If you’re set on selecting a unique name for your son or daughter, be sure it has a positive connotation, is easy to pronounce and doesn’t open the door to teasing (for example, a name that rhymes with an unfavourable word or is overly long).
Another way to help your baby stand out from the crowd is to change the spelling of a common name. For example, the name Caitlyn is also known to be spelled Katelyn, Kaitlyn, or Catelyn. But if you want to make it more unique and decide to spell it as Keightlyn, people may not enunciate it the way you wish.
If you’re looking for a more traditional name with a twist, changing the spelling is a great idea, but be sure it’s still easy for other people to pronounce to avoid confusion.
If the meaning of a name matters to you, it’s best to look it up ahead of time. Some very nice sounding names actually have unpleasant meanings. The meaning of the name Mallory, for example, means “unlucky”. And the name Calvin means “little bald one”.
Naming your baby after a family member is a great way to honour that person. But what if your partner isn’t as enthusiastic about the idea as you are? A great way to compromise is to honour your relative with a middle name rather than the first name.
Ultimately, while there are many things to consider, researching baby names should be fun and should be a decision that you and your partner make together and are happy with.