Not only does the first name have to have a nice ring with your last name, finding a first and middle name that fits nicely together is important too. When your family are all in agreement about the ideal name for the new baby, take some time to check that the initials of the name will not give ammunition for nicknames for your child. A name such as Penny Irma Greenville will allow kids to use the initials P.I.G. and perhaps call your child by that unattractive moniker.
You must also remember that even though you and your partner may feel that a particular name is unusual and unique, the baby will have to live with the burden of that same name all their lives. Think about celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow who named her little girl Apple and the Arquettes who named their baby Coco.
Trendy names may seem the way to go, but your child may end up in a class that is full of little girls or boys with the same name. Trendy names may also seem silly in a few years time once the fad has faded. You will also want to pick a name that isn’t just cute for a baby, but will grow with him or her as they mature.
Other names you should avoid are names that can be shortened into a rude nickname. Howard may have been your father’s name, but do you want your little boy going through life with people calling him “Howie?” A name like Smellonius can be shortened to the insulting nickname of “Smelly.”
You may also want to avoid names that are difficult to pronounce or spell. This sets up your child for having their name mispronounced in class and snickers often accompany these types of mistakes. A name that may be perfect is to name the baby after a special relative or one who has passed. You can also look into your family roots and choose a name that will showcase your child’s ethnic roots.
Finding baby names is easy, the hard part comes when you are looking to choose just one. There are plenty of books that have lists and lists of baby names, explaining the meaning and the origin of each of the names. You may find yourself reading the list of credits after your favorite television program or movie to see if you are missing any good names that should be considered.
Because there are two of you, it may be harder to agree on a name for the baby. You can take a few suggestions and wait until the baby is born and see which name fits. Lots of parents pick one or two names for each sex and usually when the baby is born, you take one look and know the right name for this new and unique individual that has made his grand entrance into the world.
Other names you should avoid are names that can be shortened into a rude nickname. Howard may have been your father’s name, but do you want your little boy going through life with people calling him “Howie?” A name like Smellonius can be shortened to the insulting nickname of “Smelly.” There are plenty of cute baby names to choose from, just make sure that it can't be shortened or changed into something unflattering easily.
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