Thoughts on Naming Your Baby
If you are lucky enough to find out you’re pregnant then there will be a million and one things that are going through your mind. Will it be a boy or a girl? Will my pregnancy be OK? When do I tell people I’m pregnant? One of the biggest questions you might come up with though has to be, what name do I choose? For some this can be an extremely easy decision, for others they might just choose a name on impulse, for someone else it might be the culmination of months and months of thought. So how do you actually decide what to name your child?
Keeping it in the family
There are various ways you can go about naming your baby, and someone will always have an opinion on exactly which names you should be choosing! Perhaps you can take the route that many people used to in the past, and many still do today, and choose a name that represents both of your families. You might want to name your son after his Dad, or your daughter after her Mother, or take names from Grandparents or even more obscure relations. Choosing Boys names or a girls name from your family can be a really meaningful thing to do, and will also give people more reasons to be happy, that is if you choose a family member that everyone remembers well, not the one who has been removed from the family history!
Join the celebs?
Some of you might be really excited by celebrity culture, and there is no doubt that this has really played a part in the naming of children over the past few years. Would you really have considered naming your child Apple before Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow chose that name, or how about Brooklyn for a boy before the Beckham’s came along? The cult of celebrity baby names has meant that choosing a unique baby name, be it a boys or Girls name has become extremely in vogue, and you can pretty much choose whatever you want! The problem with such unique baby names is that your child might not be in a mood for forgiveness when they walk into school and everyone has to double take at their name, so toning it down could be a good idea. Don’t let that stop you though, remember, the baby name you choose is your decision, but if you choose to call your baby Chocolate Biscuit they might just question you in a few years.
It is really important that you choose a name for your baby that you have decided on. Don’t feel pressured into choosing anything, and certainly don’t choose a name just because Fred down the road believes its fate. Choosing a name can be a long process, you’ve got nine months remember, but eventually you will settle upon a name which you love, and a name that your child will have for the rest of their life!