Are you getting stressed about deciding on the perfect name for your baby? You’re not alone! We’ve collated some top tips to help…
Even if you class yourself as a friendly person who rarely dislikes others, when it comes to choosing a name for your new arrival, you might find there are actually quite a few skeletons that pop out of the baby-naming-closet after all…!
“Ooh no, we can’t have ******, he was a bully at school.”
“We definitely can’t have **** because that reminds me of someone I used to work with who was totally bone idle!”
The way we associate names with people we know or have come across during our own lives will often what we choose for our own children. You could have your heart set on something but your partner disagrees because it conjures up a personal reference from their life or they might like a name but it feels a bit way-out for you, that other people might not like it, or that your child won’t like it when they grow up.
There may be pressure to uphold a family naming tradition but you’re worried your child will end up with a name they really dislike – or worse, your relationship with those named is troubled, so it’s not a good association.
Then there’s the consideration of what their nicknames will be, middle names, how the first names work with surnames and of course what the initials will spell out – no one wants to have initials that spell something rude or that could be the butt of friends’ jokes in years to come.
It’s a minefield!
The responsibility of naming another human being can be daunting – so much choice, so many potential clangers! While we wouldn’t dream of suggesting specific names, these top tips should hopefully help in choosing the right one for your little bundle:
For such an important decision and with so much to consider, it’s understandable we can become stressed and sometimes obsessed.
In reality however, the name you choose will be perfect and after your baby arrives you’ll be hard pushed to imagine them with any other name.
Still stuck? Check out these sites for a few name ideas: