Choosing a baby name is one of the biggest – and most daunting decisions you may ever make as a parent. While it can be fun, the responsibility of naming another person doesn’t ever go un-noticed! Keep reading for tips to choosing the perfect name for your little one.
When it comes to choosing a baby name there’s a good chance that you’ll already have some idea of what you like and don’t. But your partner, family and friends will have their opinions too. Because it’s often tricky to choose the perfect name that everyone else loves as much as you, this article provides some useful tips to help you along the way.
Choosing a baby name
You may already have a long list of boy names, girl names, and gender-neutral names by the time you discover you are expecting, though not everyone is that far ahead in their planning.
Some parents start thinking about names names pre-conception and others prefer to wait until the birth to choose a name. It’s of course a very personal decision, and everyone will tackle it differently.
Many parents start with a category of name in mind. Some of these categories include looking at family names, ethnic or cultural names, place names, pop culture names, religious names, and many more. This can seem like a job, but you can narrow it down.
One of the ways to work through all the name is by using an alphabetical list of names and then shortlist the appealing ones. You can also ask your friends and family members for their suggestions or even choose a category of names and start from there.
Choosing a middle name for your baby
You may wince at the idea of choosing a middle name, given that it’s another big decision to make on top of choosing the all-important first name. Whilst many families like to give a middle name to their baby, it’s definitely not essential. In truth though, many people tend to feel less stressed when it comes to choosing a middle name.
Why have a middle name? There are a couple of practical uses for a middle name. People who give their baby a name that another person in the family has, a middle name can assist to give a baby a separate identity.
A middle name is also a way to hide a family name, especially if you choose it out of obligation. Or, it can be the perfect place where you can have a little fun. If you intend to give a formal first name, then the middle name can be more unique or creative.
A middle name can also be somewhat of a ‘fall back’ name for your child so that you can use it later if they don’t like their first name. And, if you decide to have a gender-neutral middle name, you can choose a gender-specific middle name. This gives your child more options when they grow up, and can avoid confusion as they go through life.