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How To Choose Your Baby’s Name

Choosing a name can be tough. You have a name that you have had picked out for your future child for years, then your significant other makes a face at you like he just ate a lemon. You feel like all hope is lost with having your perfect name.

Start out by making a list of names you both like, on your own. Now where do you go from there to find the perfect name for your child together?

 

Family Names

Family names are where you should start first. Maybe this is from a parent, grandparent, or someone who is close to you and has had a significant impact on your life. If a family member has passed away, this is how some view them as living on past death. This also can be a middle name that you use as a first name. These are the names that have a meaning behind them, but not all names need a meaning!

 

Popular or Unique?

Try and figure out what side of the spectrum you are on. Do you want a name that is more popular or unique? Now what about your spouse? This way you will be able to eliminate some names and think of new ones.

 

Starting With a Letter

If you still can’t decide on a name, think about a letter that you both like and see if you have a name with that letter. This is more common with couples that share an initial in their first names. This may sound silly, but it does work for some people!

 

Spelling

If you like a particular name but your spouse doesn’t, try spelling it a different way and that could change their view of it. For example, Kaylee might not be the name you like, but what about spelling it Kayleigh. Sometimes names just look weird and a change of spelling can bring in a new perspective.

 

Say It Out Loud

If spelling did not matter to you as much, forget the whole last paragraph and read this one carefully! Seeing a name on paper might look weird, but saying the name out loud can change your perspective too!┬áMake sure you like saying your baby’s name out loud, you have to say it multiple times, every day for the rest of your life! It might as well be enjoyable!

 

Initials

You also want to take into consideration what your child’s initials will be, especially boys since their last names don’t change! You want to make sure they aren’t going to spell something that you might not want to have on a keychain with your initials. For example, naming your child Ashley Sue Smith could potentially be bad when buying that keychain!

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Nicknames

Nicknames can be good and bad, but you want to make sure that you don’t base your name off of the nickname you will be calling your child. First off, that can be confusing to your child when explaining the name they have gone by since day one is not their actual name. Secondly, your child might not even like the nickname! Sorry, but it does happen!

 

There are endless combinations for baby names which can be a blessing or a curse. There are so many options and factors to consider. Cute or bold? Long or short? Old Fashioned or modern? All of these you will take into consideration, whether you realize it or not. Think about it, your baby will have this name for the rest of his life!

Remember, if your conversation doesn’t go so great the first time bringing the names up, you can always take a break and start up another day!

 

Love,

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