Naming your baby is a very important decision. The name you choose will stay with this child his or her entire lifetime. But, how do you decide upon a name for your child? Here are some things to consider:
If you’re wanting a popular name so your child is not a misfit. Or, if you’re hoping to find a creative name instead so your child does not get lost in a group of similar names; one place to start your search is the Social Security Administration. They gather names each year and compile a web site where you can search name popularity. The site even takes you back to the 1880’s most popular names. Their site can be found at Socialsecurity.gov.
For starters, in 2009; the top ten most popular names in America are:
Besides popularity, another thing to consider when naming a baby is how the name sounds with the child’s last name and/or middle name. Does it flow off the tongue, does it make a silly rhyme or play on words which you may not want to stick with your child? Do the initials spell out a word that is unpleasant? Does the name have good or bad memories attached to it. For instance, you may want to avoid naming your child after an old girlfriend or boyfriend if it’s a touchy subject with the baby’s mother or father.
Books and movies as well as television shows can influence what we name our children as well. As can be seen by the most popular boys’ name, many parents still rely on Biblical names as a good solid boy’s name. Whereas, this past year’s most popular girl’s name has a heavy influence from the Twilight series.
The name’s meaning might be something of consideration as well. If it is a beautiful name that means something distasteful, you may want to reconsider. however, people will hear your child’s name and not necessarily check out its meaning. Still, among the most popular names on the list, Jacob means “held by the heel.” This comes from the Biblical account of the births of Jacob and Esau. The name Isabella means “Consecrated to God.” You can search for any number of name meanings on Zelo.com.
Some parents don’t decide on a name until they’ve actually seen the child face to face. Though, they may have a couple names in mind from which to choose, they then decide upon what best fits that child’s look.