Things To Consider When Choosing A Baby Name

Things To Consider When Choosing A Baby Name
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There’s a lot of pressure in choosing a baby name for your for your child, and that’s just because the name you select will stick with your baby for the rest of his or her life. And with all of the choices available when choosing a baby name, the task can simply be overwhelming and daunting, particularly for first-time parents-to-be. So, where do you start? Here is a short list of things you might want to consider when choosing a baby name you might need to think about when selecting a baby name to get the ball rolling.

“A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash


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First and most important, whatever you do, don’t name your boy, Sue. All kidding aside, you should first turn to family names and see if there is anything there that you might want to choose from when choosing a baby name.

Your Family Heritage And Lineage

Choosing a baby name: Sparkler Dad, Source: StockSnap

Source: StockSnap


Your little one’s heritage and your family traditions can play an enormous role when selecting a birth name for him or her and so does your spiritual preference. For some families, they name their first-born sons after their fathers. Some name their babies after Biblical characters. You do not have to necessarily stick to family traditions and religious preference, however, but it surely ought to be a great factor to think about when choosing a baby name.

A Name’s Meaning And Uniqueness

It is best to take time when making a decision and consider a meaningful name for your child and refrain from making a quick decision and settling on any name that comes to mind in the moment when choosing a baby name. In some cultures, particularly in the Middle East, they impart high regard and importance to a person’s name, believing that the meaning of the name dictates the future of the one carrying it. If you’re into music, you might want to consider naming your child after an important musician or composer. Or for those who are into sports, you could name him or her after a legendary sports figure. You may need to think about giving a unique name as well because it could possibly make him or her stand out in a crowd. Whereas it is okay to call your little one John or Sarah, you might need to think about a name that is just a little bit more unique and one thing that undoubtedly will not’ be just like the names of three other children in his class once he goes to school.

Choosing a baby name: The Name George, Source: StockSnap

Source: StockSnap


My wife and I named our children Irish and Gaelic names because of our shared Irish ancestry. We chose the following first and middle names of our children:

  • Ainsleigh Madelynn;
  • Nolan Oliver; and
  • Delaney Annabelle

Each of these names have a meaning in Gaelic and/or Irish that, when looking at our kids now, they completely manifested the meaning of their names in their everyday behaviors and mannerisms. Perhaps, you can find a name that holds cultural or ethnic meaning for you and your child when choosing a baby name?

Compatibility of the Name

Compatibility refers to how the name would sound when it is spoken aloud. It additionally refers to how it might go together with your last name. As a rule of thumb, it is best to choose a shorter name when you have a long last name, and a longer name when you have a short last name. An important thing you might want to keep in mind when selecting a name for your child, nevertheless, is that it could stick with him or her forever. Because of this, you need to be cautious how the name would sound and that your little one can be proud rather than ashamed of it when he grows up.

“My Last Name” By Dierks Bentley


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Discovering the best name for your child may be very tough, however it’s not impossible. In the event you’ve tried everything and you still cannot decide, you might need to check a good baby name finder website online, like Nameberry. Most of the time, such a website may help guide you to the best category of names for your baby.

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About Will Hull

Will is a nonprofit professional and web developer, SigEp alumnus who holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason Unviersity living in Reno, Nevada. He was fortunate enough to work with many Congressional offices on Capitol Hill and nationally recognized nonprofits in Washington, DC at their national offices to manage their email marketing, online fundraising and online advocacy and grassroots campaigns as well as their social media and web presence. He is passionate about designing websites like this one and working with nonprofit organizations through Blackbaud to help make the world a better place. Along with Christine, his wife, he has three children. He enjoys literature on philosophy and political thought, video games, and snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Learn more about Will at WillHull.com or check out his other sites, Windy Pinwheel and Hullabaloo Stories.