Seven Things You Should Know When Naming Your Child

Selecting the perfect name of our children can be both exciting and intimidating for parents-to-be.

With over 10,000 different baby names in the world across religion, culture, language, selecting a name for your baby boy or baby girl is a battle of choices, preferences and familial influences.

In fact, the team at Gigacalculator1 quizzed 5,842 parents about their baby name choices, they found that 73% of mums and dads had thought of better monikers for their children after naming them.

With less than 1 year to think about it before you ink it in the birth certificate, here are seven things you need to know while selecting a name for your baby!

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1) Baby Name By Origin and Religion

1) Baby Name By Origin and Religion

In general, the meaning of the name or character embodies values, traits and well wishes for your children.

Many names have deep seated meanings with its roots in languages such as Hebrew, Greek and English. For example, the name “Liam” is the popular Germanic form of “William” with Irish origins, meaning “The Guardian’.

Depending on specific beliefs, you might want to consider the religious representations. Christians and Catholics for example, tend to select names of saints, apostles or biblical characters as a way to represent their beliefs with their children.2

For the Chinese, the character “Jun” for example means handsome, “Wei” means courageous, “Jie” means outstanding. Does Wei Jie or Jun Jie sound like a pretty common name to you?

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2) Know your culture’s naming rules!

2) Know your culture’s naming rules!

Various cultural and ethnic influences on names include guidelines to follow.

For instance, Muslims observe Islamic guidelines and naming considerations if they like to name their children after one of the 99 names of Allah.3 Indian or Tamil names have a variety of systems and naming conventions from religion, castes or epics. There are even considerations between a birth name and an official name!

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For the Chinese, some traditional families include a “Generation” character and bestow upon children belonging to the same generation. These characters are decided by the elders and are listed in their family tree!

Some families adopt fengshui to name their children. It is said that the strokes in the traditional Chinese character of a name has an effect on a child’s fate. Adding the strokes of a name together comes up with a number and that number needs to correspond to the child’s numerology chart.

Checking in with your family is a good place to start. Embracing cultural roots is important to keep family values close to heart and a great wish for our children.

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3) Make me a name – variations and modifications to common names

3) Make me a name – variations and modifications to common names

Modifications of common names have been a trend in the modern age to help names stand out. One of the common baby boy’s name Sean (or Shawn, Shaun, Shon) is a perfect example of spelling variants.

With English names, you can also consider the first letter of the child’s name to be the same as the rest of the family! Imagine 3 kids in the bunch – Charlotte, Charmaine and Caleb! Famous celebrities such as the Kardashian family is known to stand out with the letter “K” and in a Facebook study done in 2014, siblings have a 11% probability to be named with the same first initial.4

Other known modifications include using hypocorism (using pet names / short form of names). For example, variations of Elizabeth are Lizzie, Liz or Betsy or that of Margaret with Maggie, Marge, or Meg.

Add your creative flair to naming your children. Bear in mind though that uncommon modifications might just make it harder to read or worse, pronounce.

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4) Is it hard to pronounce?

4) Is it hard to pronounce?

While unique names help our children to stand out, hard to pronounce names can lead to a lifetime of correcting people or having to accept mispronunciations.

Such names have non-English roots and therefore it is harder to pronounce in English. However, if you understand the name or hear it by native speakers of the origin language, you might get a pleasant surprise.

An example include Joaquin, the Spanish equivalent of the Hebrew name Joachim. It is pronounced as wah-Keen, the J being silent in Spanish. Swedish name Bjorn is pronounced as be-YORN, the J once again silenced when pronounced.

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5) Simplicity

5) Simplicity

Keeping your child’s name short, sweet and not too much of a mouthful, helps in the long run. Imagine longer names and having to reproduce on exam papers and essay scripts!

Simple names have many advantages. It reduces pronunciation errors. According to a research journal on name-pronunciation effect, simple names are judged more positively than difficult to read names.5

Not surprisingly, simple names such as James, John, Patricia, Mary, Jessica made it to the top 100 most used names in the US over the last 100 years.

Simple names can be made cool too! Consider one-syllable such as Ash, Blake or Jade or modern names such as Emma, Sam or Ada!

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6) Does it have to famous or does it need to include a family member?

6) Does it have to famous or does it need to include a family member?

This is entirely your choice. Naming your child after a famous celebrity, figure or even someone “famous” in the household or your ancestors is more common than you think. Names such as Oliver, Hermione, Harry are made famous with their characters in literature!

Adding a close family member as a middle name is often seen in the UK and US where middle names are commonly used.

Some parents opt to name their children after themselves. Examples include Henry the I, Henry the II, Robert Downey Junior and so on.

If necessary, parents can consider adding such names as middle names for their children while keeping the first name to be the unique identity for the child.

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7) Don’t Stress about it

7) Don’t Stress about it

It’s a lot of pressure to select the perfect baby name. In future, if you ever felt that you made a mistake or regret it the name, consider using a nick name instead or switching their middle name as the more common name to use.

To help our parents, here’s a list of names for baby boys and baby girls! Select among the top 100 baby names with the Enfamama A+ Baby Name Generator tool. Know all about the name and be inspired by the stories and origin behind each name over here!

 

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References:

1 https://www.gigacalculator.com/randomizers/random-name-picker.php

2 https://www.holyfamily.org.sg/images/HF/Docs/InfantBaptism/ChristianName...

3 https://www.zawaj.com/islamic-guidelines-for-choosing-names/

4 https://www.techtimes.com/articles/15648/20140916/facebook-study-tells-u...

5 https://ppw.kuleuven.be/okp/_pdf/Laham2012TNPEW.pdf