CHOOSING THE PERFECT BABY NAME
of the most important things you will ever do for your child
is choosing his or her name. Your child's name will be a reflection
of character and identity. A well-chosen name will be a source
of pride for your child's lifetime. There are several factors
to consider when choosing an unique baby name, most importantly being
the astrological Rashi's of your baby(i.e. the time your baby
was born) However the following hints should prove useful
for parents who are searching for an unique and the perfect name for their
The general sound and rhythm of the name is very important.
You will say it and your child will hear it over and over
again. Does the name sound pleasing when you say it aloud?
How does it sound with your surname and with middle names
you are considering? If you have other children, how does
the name you are considering sound when said with their names?
It is hard to find the perfect balance between finding a name
that is unique and special but doesn't seem too strange. You
will have to determine your priorities. There are benefits
and disadvantages to both having a common name and a very
unique name. Common names are easily spelled and recognized
and may cause your child less problems in the schoolyard in
early years. Having a unique name, however, may make your
child stand out and feel extra special.
names tend to follow trends and cycles of popularity. Aside
from the extremely common names that have always been popular,
names that are currently very trendy are likely to go out
of style. When choosing a baby name, try to be objective and
be sure that this name will sound as good in fifty years as
it does today. It might also cause some hardship for your
child to find that there are three other children in the same
class with the identical name. Some parents look for extremely
rare names to avoid the problem of overly popular names, while
still others try to find a name that is fairly popular, yet
not overly trendy.
Many parents feel that it is very important to find a name
that conjures positive or meaningful associations. What do
you think of when you hear the name? You may want to choose
a name that reminds you of someone or something or a place
that is significant to you.
you won't think of the meaning of your child's name every
day, it may be important to choose a baby name with a positive
meaning since it will sometimes be associated with your child.
You can also choose meanings that reflect qualities and traits
that you hope your child will possess. Or you can choose meanings
that are significant to you for any reason.
There are no rules that state that you can choose a name only
from your own ethnic origin. Many parents are now finding
beautiful and interesting baby names from a wide variety of
ethnic and historical origins. You may, however, find that
the right name from your own heritage provides an added source
of identity for your child.
Before you choose the name you adore, think about the possible
ways it can be shortened and the nicknames that may result.
Do you like the potential nicknames your baby may have? If
not, you or your child can always insist on using the formal
name. If the name lends itself to a very undesirable nickname,
however, you may want to reconsider. Conversely, if the name
lends itself to many positive nicknames, this is a definite
Many unusual names are difficult to spell or pronounce because
people are unfamiliar with them. This does not necessarily
mean that you should not choose a unique name that you love
on the basis that it could be difficult to spell or pronounce,
but when ranking names, it is a factor to consider. Similarly,
creative spellings or pronunciations of popular names will
have your child constantly correcting those that mistake it
with its more popular counterpart.
As you narrow your search, it is also a good idea to be sure
that your baby's initials don't spell or represent anything
Some people think it is very important that a name has a clear
gender identification, while others find it less important.
Many names are ambiguous. If you decide that it is important
that your child have a name with a clear gender identification,
you will probably want to rule out those names that are being
used for both boys and girls.
Family and Friends
Once you have found what you believe is the perfect baby name,
you may be anxious to discuss it with your friends and relatives.
You can expect to get mixed reviews. Some people like to get
feedback from others, but bear in mind that there will always
be someone who opposes your choice and this can make finding
a name very frustrating. You may even want to resist announcing
your choices until after your baby is born to avoid that situation.
A Final Note
In your search for the perfect baby name, you'll find that
very few names meet all the criteria suggested here. But once
you decide on your priorities for a name, it should be easy
to find several that meet most of them. While these suggestions
should provide rational guidance, choosing a name is very
emotional. The most important thing is that you love the name.
Good luck on choosing the right name and best wishes for your
joyous moments ahead!