Rule #1 – Don’t Regret Your Decision. Rule # 2 – We can help.
Oh Baby! It’s that thrilling time during an expectant mother’s pregnancy when she finally starts to think about the baby’s name. Remember, your baby is defenseless and unable to participate in this process, so keep that in mind when you permanently brand him or her with that final moniker, because it’s pretty much theirs for life (save a trip to the county courthouse in their adulthood).
A child’s name is a reflection of his or her parents – a snapshot of your style, interests, values, ancestry, generation, education, peer group influences and/or position in society. This is the first critical step toward guiding your child’s identity. It’s the second most important gift you will give your baby (after giving him/her life).
As with any vital decision, there are ways to minimize (if not altogether eliminate) the potential for making a mistake. Start with these five high-level approaches and, within that framework, you will need to consider all aspects of the potential opportunities and pitfalls of the naming process.
- Be very clear on your naming goal. Is your primary goal to be unique? Traditional? Is this your own selfish goal or are you really thinking about your child’s happiness? Do you want him/her to fit in or stand apart from his peers? Do you want his/her name to honor a family member or be culturally significant to your ethnic heritage? Do you want your kid’s name to sound smart? To have a pleasant etymology? A strong one? A religious one? What exactly are you trying to accomplish with your baby’s name?
- Evaluate the importance of your naming goal. Let’s say your goal is to be unique. Really consider how important this goal is to you. Are you trying to “stand-out” and be cool for your own vain reasons, or do you really pride yourself on individualism. And, more importantly, will your child?
- Collect, organize and prioritize your options. Take your time to really research the names you like, pick names that are consistent with your goal, organize them and prioritize them. Then go ahead and throw in a couple of names that go outside your goal. Just for perspective.
- Assess your options against your goal. Your list of names and your positive response to them should validate your goal. You should have a strong sense of confidence, or else you may be on the wrong track. Trust your gut intuition.
- Choose the winning option. Be thoughtful. Be authentic to yourself. Don’t just think about yourself; think about your child. If you follow these steps carefully, chances are, you won’t make a mistake you’ll regret later.
Now that we’ve given you this foundation upon which to make your decision, apply this framework to the critical points below. After years are arduous research, we have compiled some important naming tips. It’s your decision in the end, but we feel all parents should seriously consider the following points. Oh, and Bee Tee Dubs. You don't have to agree with us. Not everyone will.