For some mothers the question of the baby’s name comes up as soon as they know they are pregnant. There are many other women who have some favorite baby names hidden away in their minds and hearts long before they will be needed.
For those who haven’t a clue, the naming of your child can be a daunting and frightening task or it can be a fun adventure. As you and your spouse bring up different possibilities you will find yourself revealing parts of your history that may not have been shared before! For example:
Him: How about Samantha?
Her: No no no! I sat behind a Samantha in second grade and she was really mean to me all year!
Every time you hear a particular name, the memories that are attached to it come along for the ride. A best friend, worst enemy, yucky uncle or a TV star will immediately be the picture that appears in your head and there is nothing you can do about it!
According to nameberry.com there are clear trends for baby names each year. You may want to avoid the trends or use them to lead you to some names you had not considered before. The only problem with following the trend is that your unique child may end up being one of five “Willows” in preschool!
Some sites are even predicting trends based on what is going on in society at the time of birth. Due to economical stress it is forecast that new parents will choose economical one syllable names like; Bob, Gus and Max. Or the retro phase that so many are enjoying due to popular TV shows may bring back names from past generations like; Arthur, Florence and Lenore.
Even gender does not determine a choice. There are many new names that can be used for both boys and girls. Such as, Auden, Edison and Jo.
Whatever name you choose for your new baby should cause you to smile. It will be a word that is spoken innumerable times in the next 20 years. You will be writing it, whispering it and possibly shouting it out as you call your child in for dinner.
Love the name you give your new little one. Choose a name that evokes positive and joyful feelings in you. Don’t settle for a “popular” name if you do not love it. Practice how it sounds with your last name and a middle name. Does it flow smoothly or is it a burden that will be hated in the fourth grade?
Creativity is wonderful and you ought to feel free to invent a beautiful brand new name. But make sure it is easy to spell and pronounce. It is recommended that you “Google” it to find out it’s meaning if it appears in another language. Johnny Cash sang a song about naming his boy Sue to make him strong from getting into fights all his life. This is clearly not a good parenting plan!
Congratulations on your new little one! Once you have chosen the perfect name that will be cherished for many years to come, it will be time to order a beautiful personalized baby gift for yourself don’t you think?