"rules " for naming your baby - just for fun !

Charlie - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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1. The baby name should have a positive connotation for you.
The baby name should be associated with pleasantries. The definition should also be meaningful. A name has a strong first impression. Imagine the child using the name not only on the playground but as an adult.

A suggestion: Choose several names. Go to a busy playground and call the names out loud. If you feel uncomfortable shouting the names or if several children answer you, then rethink that name.
2. The baby first name's rhythm should match the last name.
In general, the number of syllables in the first name should not match the number of syllables in the last name. Say the first, middle and last name several times to test the rhythm. Say the first name and last name together, too.

Be conscious of what the first name and last name together say. The name you choose if for life. Would you like to end up with the name Annette Curtin?

If you have a common or easy to pronounce last name (i.e. Smith, Jones, Brown), you might find that an unusual or long first name can complement the last name nicely. Such as Dakota Smith, Lucinda Brown and Sharona Flynn.
3. The initials should not spell anything undesirable.
Combine initials of the first, middle and last name. Do they stand for anything? If the initials are not satisfactory, then the first and middle names can be switched. The child can still use the middle name on a day by day basis. For example, the name Malcolm Abraham Davis has the initials MAD.

4. Check the pronunciation and spelling of the baby's name.
If you use an unusual pronunciation, your child will need to continually correct it. On the other hand, if the name is common, an unusual spelling will distinguish your child. Another factor is the ability to find personalised items. Unusual spellings will mean you have to special order or do without the personalised item.

5. Honour a family member, friend or hero/heroine with the name.
Check with your parents or grandparents to collect as many family names as possible. You can use the same name, a variation of the name or match the first initial. For example, our second child's middle name is Saunders after my father named Alexander.

If you do not want input on the final selection, do not announce the name until the baby is born. Then it will be too late for lobbying.

How about naming the baby after a famous person. When the child is old enough to understand, explain who you named them after. They will love to hear the story over and over again. It is a great feeling to be connected to the past. Another example is naming children after sports stars.

Another method is using the letters of family names to create your own name. For example, one letter could be from grandfather's name, another from grandmother's name, etc.

Another way to find a name is to use a version of a name that relates to a different ethnic group. For example, Giovanni is Italian for John. Ian is Scottish for John, etc.
6. Combine names to create a new baby name.
You can choose two or more words to create a unique baby name. By separating each word into syllables and combining the syllables, you can create new baby names. You can even scramble a word to create a new baby name. For example, Kalana can come from combining the names Kay and Lana.

7. Be conscious of nicknames and variations.
You may want to select a name that can have many nicknames and variations. This will enable the child to have more control of his/her name when older. The disadvantage is that childhood nicknames can linger into adulthood and be uncomfortable. For example, Elisabeth has several nicknames including Liz, Beth, Lizzy, etc. We have included nicknames in our database. Whenever you search for a name it will also tell to the potential nicknames.

8. Practice the baby's name and hear how it feels.
You will say this name thousands of times. You will say lovingly and in anger. You will whisper it when the child is asleep and yell it when dinner is ready.

9. The middle name provides a unique opportunity.
The middle baby name can be used to honour a family member when it is not desirable to be used as a first name. It can be a way to settle the name selection between parents. If needed to keep the family happy, the child can be given two middle names. Some families leave the middle name blank, then the child can pick a name later in life.

Some families like to use the middle name for naming the child after the mother or father. The child has his/her own first name, yet has their mother or fathers name as the middle name. You can also use the mother's maiden name as the middle name or other family member's last name as the middle name.
10. Avoid letter redundancy between names.
Generally, first and last names with the same first letter do not sound well together. Also, if the last name ends with a vowel, the first name usually should not.

The first name should not end with a syllable that rhymes with the first syllable of the last name. For example, Angela Anna has quite a few letter A's.

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Amanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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When my mother named me she choose "Amanda" the name of a girl she went to high school with and was a very nice girl. Years later I'm in a class with 4 other girls named "Amanda." Needless to say I tryed to find names that wouldn't be super main-stream. I think I did well with our son's name Griffin Preston, but our daughter's name is Lilly-Ann Marie. I soon found out that alot of girls are Lilly now. I hope I did well with the hypanation, but I know she will go through what I did. I still think it's pretty.

Muriel Tacy - posted on 03/24/2010

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Our newest great grandchild is named Tacy Jane. Tacy has been passed down for many generations as a middle name and Jane was this little gals other great grandmother. Gives me a warm feeling that Tacy continues. Muriel Tacy, mother of Kathy Tacy and grand mother of Holly Tacy. My grandmother was Tacy. Mpls

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When I was younger, my last name used to be hifenated (mother's maiden name) so my initials would spell Jert, my cousins used to joke with "jerk".

Sheree - posted on 03/23/2010

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I met a guy the other day whose name was
Dick Payne,
I also know a lady named Teresa green and jo King. Some people really need the think about it first, lol.

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I belonged to a youth group when I was in high school. One year we had a group visiting from Germany, one of the girls' names was Ima Hoare (pronounced whore), not a big deal in her country but it caused a few giggles in our group.



My hubby has often told me that his school friend's father was named Harold (he went by Harry) Dick. I didn't believe him until I met the man.



As for naming our son - we went with rule 5. He's named after both granfathers and father.

Jaimie - posted on 03/23/2010

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My friend told me a funny story recently..Her family is not from the United States and when her aunt was having a baby she kept hearing "Vagina" and thought it sounded pretty..but did not know what it meant in english. She would repeat it when asked what she was naming the baby. When other people from the United States heard they assumed she meant Virginia as did my friend and the rest of her family. Finally someone figured out the miscommunication and helped out my friends aunt. That baby really dodged a bullet!

Charlie - posted on 03/22/2010

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Yes LaCi , ive heard of a person who had named their child Candida , an STD !!

LaCi - posted on 03/16/2010

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rule number 11: do not name your child after sexual activity or sexual organs. I drove by the school I live next to and the student of the months name was phallicia. Phallic.ia. Just a thought lol. Poor kid. fellacia would also be unacceptable. Just think of the teasing.

Sheree - posted on 03/15/2010

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I used a similar thing when naming my child. We are "smith's" so i wanted something different, so we named our daughter Kiani. I lvoe it and get a fair amount of praise for it. But for a boy I loved the name Will, plus my father's name was William so thought it would be nice for him seen as how he was passed. I hate the name william but loved will, then i thought about it and my child's name would of been Will Smith. Had to give it a miss, lol.

Anyway enough of my rant, this is a great post for people needing help with naming their kids :)

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