Advice to help you choose a name for your baby boy or girl.
Choosing a name for your baby is a huge decision, one that will influence them throughout their life. Family and friends will always give their opinion but remember that the decision is ultimately yours and once you finally meet your new baby you will know whether the name you have chosen is right.
Here are some handy tips to help you decide on a name....
- Think about the style of names you like. - Do you prefer traditional or more contemporary names? Would you like your child's name to reflect your heritage or religious beliefs? Is there a specific meaning you would like to include in your child's name?
- Although certain names sound adorable for a toddler they don't transfer well to adulthood. Imagine your baby grown up and choose a name that will suit. Try putting the prefix Mr, Mrs or Dr in front of a name and see how it sounds if you're not sure..
- Try and avoid choosing a name that is too 'fashionable', certain names go out of fashion as quickly as they come in.
- Choose a name that is easy to say and spell - it will save your child a lot of frustration
- Go with a name that fits with your surname - shorter names often sound better with longer surnames and vice versa
- More unusual names tend to work best with plainer surnames whereas exotic last names go well with less elaborate first names .
- Avoid names that end in a vowel if your surname beings in a vowel as these can be difficult to say.
- Give first names that rhyme with your surname a miss and avoid puns
- Remember that children can be mean - imagine you are back at school and test a name by seeing how it can be shortened, what the initials spell and whether it rhymes with anything unfortunate.
- If family tradition dictates that you should call your child a name that you're not too fond of, try not to feel pressured - as a compromise maybe include it as a middle name instead.
- Remember that choosing a name should be a joint decision made by both parents - you should have a rule that if one of you really doesn't like a name, it gets taken out of the picture
- Save the final decision for when you finally see your newborn baby - only then will you be able to tell whether a name is right or not