Shunned by society, parents who have baby name regrets are often left in shame. Some feel the pressure to uphold family traditions and end up with names they hate, while others can’t agree on a baby name, so one parent begrudgingly gives in when it comes time for registration or court papers later down the line.
Some people might think I’m being dramatic. Still, when you’re having your child, no matter how old they always feel special – there’s something about seeing them take their first steps onto this earth where everything always changes because now, we know exactly who our little person is! What isn’t understood is why some families choose less popular given options over more trendy ones simply.
Naming your baby is a big decision, and it’s important to think about gender while making that choice. I have some valuable guidelines for you.
How to Pick the Perfect Baby Name
Avoid Passing Trends
It’s important to name your child after something that will sound good and be timeless. So, ask yourself: Will this moniker make sense ten years from now? Do other children sing it with a taunting tone at school, or do I need to explain my full/long names every day of their lives for as long as we live together (and beyond)? If these questions are “yes,” then think about changing what you’ve already picked out.
There are a lot of trends to avoid when it comes to choosing a baby name, but one that stands out is misspelled or strange spelling. For example, “Jakxsen” and “Rebekkah” both have an x instead of the typical k sound in them- this can make for tricky pronunciation at times! Another common trend people don’t realize they’re following until their child starts school with all these goofy-sounding classmates. The latter won’t know how much trouble they were given upon joining class because everyone’s talking funny.
A study by Marquette University found that people with familiar names were more likely to be chosen. Researchers at the University of New York discovered a link between unusual given names and juvenile delinquency.
At the same time, another team reported on their findings in which unique first or last names were linked to greater success among professionals such as those working within law enforcement, military service members, etc. During periods where racial equality has been achieved primarily because minorities now outnumber whites’ overall population-wise – something, we’re still witnesses to today.
Classic Baby Names Don’t Have To Be Boring.
When I suggest that you stick to classic names, it’s not because everyone has to be Peter or Paul. It can get quite boring if they are. There is a variety of options out there for people who want this type of moniker but don’t think about what their child will grow up with when they get older, and all his friends have different names – like Celeste (female), Ophelia (girl) & Willa(boy).
Some beautiful African American choices include Aaliyah, Imani, Tiana, etc., which give off a classically elegant yet modern feel without being too trendy.
Take A Glance At Your Family Tree
If you think about it, there are so many different sources of inspiration. Maybe your parents keep old records with family names, or one of them has created an online tree for all their branches and relatives.
So go take a look at this amazing work together—and don’t be afraid to try out some new ones, too-especially if they’re meaningful choices like “Named After My Great Grandma Who Gave Me Security When Things Got Tough.”
Honor Your Culture
Are you looking for an exquisite way to honor your cultural heritage? Look no further than the baby names in your culture. Spanish beauties include Marisol and Javier, French lovelies Elodie and Laurent if you’re feeling fancy (or want a little European flair!).
At the same time, early African-American choices might be Cato or Temperance – both equally stunning. Search online today before these gems run out because once they do, well, let’s not dwell on how unfortunate that will make us all feel 😉
Look Up Meanings
“Names are important, and it’s a very subjective rule, but there are some things you should know before choosing out that perfect moniker. Did I mention how semantic names are?” “How so?” You ask with respect, tinged in anger at being asked such a clear topic by someone who has never bought with this sort of stuff before because they’re just getting now.
Like everyone else, these days seems to be doing on Twitter or Facebook Live videos while simultaneously working through their entire life story during every single lunch break.” Semantics have always fascinated me, so let me tell you what them.
Contemplate All Possible Nicknames
Some parents choose to name their child after a favorite character or place. One mom I spoke to named her daughter Regina – pronounced “Re-JEE-no” – because she loved the regal sound and how it made me think about royalty, which was perfect for this little princess.
Sadly, when other kids saw our girl’s new last name, they quickly dubbed it “Regina Vagina” (which we aren’t sure if that one is true) among others like Ra-jay Jay Va – jay… why can kids be so cruel?! It pays off tremendously if you brainstorm possible nicknames with your partner(s), parental unit; even friends might.
Consider The Importance Of The Middle Name
You may choose your child’s middle name based solely on the fact that it fits nicely with their first and last names, but you could also use a family member’s honor or tradition. For example, a friend named her son after his grandfather Richard because he didn’t want anyone in his new family offended by having such an ordinary-looking baby name like “Richard” for male purposes.
My other buddy had been married before, too- all men from generation 12 were called ‘Richards.” Don’t get me started on how she did this persuasion thing; I’m not sure what magic trickery got them believing again.
Don’t Forget About The Initials.
We all know how hard it is to find a name for your baby. But did you also think about the initials they might receive? The names Alyssa Sydney Scott or Fanny Mary Lawrence may seem innocent enough. Still, one mama admitted that she realized too late her daughters first initial could potentially be construed as bad language and now worries what other kids will say when barking these out in class.
So, make sure before committing them forever- write down any combo of potential combinations just so there aren’t any surprises later on down the road (I bet we’ll see some interesting nicknames).
Say It Out Loud
Do you think that our children’s first, middle, and last names have a rhythm when we say them out loud? For instance: “Hunter David Jackson.” Sounds nice but not so much with his younger brother named ‘Grayson McMasterson.’ We should do some googling to make sure there aren’t any sordid characters around. The last thing anyone wants is for people referring back to an adult movie star from centuries ago.
Don’t Stress Too Much.
If you make a mistake and regret the baby’s name you chose, don’t panic – there are options. You could use your clever invention “Nicoxavieriah” as just Nick, for example, or consider using middle names interchangeably with first-given ones to create altogether different identities within one family tree (think George Washington).
Of course, if worse comes to worst, legally changing their moniker might be possible if they were born into an unusual situation that requires some paperwork, but luckily this process isn’t impossible Happy naming.