The idea of giving your son or daughter a nickname may seem like a good idea in some cases, but is it really? Here are some of the factors that you will want to take into consideration when making the decision to give your baby a full name or a shortened version of a name.
Will the Baby Name Sound Good in the Professional World?
For some, the name Donny may seem like a more preferable option than Donald. Although your child will be able to miss out on the childhood “Donald Duck” jokes, the name Donny probably will not be a good choice in the corporate world. Can you imagine a CEO being named Donny, Billy or Joey? On the other hand, there are some names which are acceptable when shortened – such as John.
Is the Shortened Version of the Name Also a Name?
John, which was given as an example above, can be found in a baby name dictionary. If you are planning on opting for a shortened version of the name, it is important to consider whether or not it is really already a name itself. If it is, this may mean that it can be a good choice for your baby.
Will Your Child Always Have a “Baby” Name?
While it may seem like a cute idea to name your child Johnny or Mikey, it is important to consider whether or not this can be harmful. Once again, it is important to consider your child’s future. Can you imagine having a CEO named Mikey? If the name does not sound mature, it’s probably a bad option.
Does the Name Sound Elegant or Professional Enough?
Be sure to take elegance into consideration. Two popular baby names for girls right now are Isabella and Bella. While Isabella is a very elegant baby name, Bella is short and simple. Although Katelyn is an elegant choice, most people do not see anything wrong with the name Kate. While the name Joseph can sound very professional, the name Joey is a lot more like what one would call a baseball teammate.
Which Name Sounds Better with the Child’s Last Name?
It is always important to take the child’s last name into consideration when choosing a baby name. Some first and last names simply do not mesh well together. If your last name is Don, Jonathon may be a more appropriate than John because it will not rhyme. On the other hand, if the long version of the name rhymes with the last name, a shortened version may be ideal.
It is important to remember that your child will have his or her name forever – unless they choose to change it. All parents should be sure to put some thought into how the name they choose will affect their child’s future. Generally, it is much more ideal to opt for a longer version of a name than a short version of a name.