Choosing Your Baby's Name
Choosing your baby's name is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. After all, picking the perfect name for your newborn is more than just an arbitrary task - it can become an expression of identity and a reflection of who your child is and what they stand for. (No pressure. Hehehe) It can be both exciting and daunting to think about all the potential names out there that could be perfect for your baby, so it’s important to know how to approach choosing their name in a thoughtful way. With some research into popular trends, cultural history, family connections, personal meanings, and more, you can find the right fit for your bundle of joy.
Consider Family Heritage
First, think about your family heritage. If you’re choosing a name for your baby, it can be special to connect them with their cultural roots. Whether you come from a long line of European immigrants or are part of an Indigenous culture in the Americas, choosing a name that reflects where you and your partner come from can be a meaningful way to honor these dots on your family tree.
Consider Baby Name Trends
You may also want to consider popular trends when choosing a baby name. Many parents mull over the possibility of naming their babies after characters from books, movies, or television shows they enjoyed growing up. Some parents even look into choosing gender-neutral names that can be used for either sex. However, one of the downsides of picking a trendy baby is that it may not be unique when your baby enters school.
Naming Your Baby After Family Members
Naming your baby after family members can be a meaningful way to honor those who have come before them. It can provide the baby with an immediate connection to the family, as well as a sense of belonging and identity. Our first born is named after my mother, who had recently passed away. (You can see more about our three daughters HERE.) Making it a slightly different version of her name helped prevent the following.
However, choosing a family name can also be difficult or controversial. Will one person feel slighted if you don't use his or her name? Will it cause tension in the family? While this shouldn't be the main reason to choose or not to choose a name, it's definitely something you and your partner should consider.
Choose a Baby Name that Resonates with You and Your Partner
Choosing a baby’s name is also about choosing something that resonates for you and your partner as parents. Take some time to think of names that have personal significance to either one or both of you. This could include the name of a teacher or mentor who was important in your life, or a city or place you’ve traveled to together that holds special meaning. Whatever name you choose, it's important that both parents actually like the name and can see themselves calling a child by the name.
Here are some other important things to consider before you land on a name for your new baby:
-Will the name "grow" with your baby. Some names are cute for a baby, but seem a bit childish on an adult.
-Does the name have a natural nickname associated with it, and do you like that nickname?
-Consider the meaning of the name you've selected. Does that meaning resonate with you?
-Consider your baby's initials. Will he be the butt of jokes and teasing because no one paid attention to them?
Once you've picked your baby's name, it's important to consider whether you'll let others know the baby's name in advance. You might think this is a great idea, but consider the flip side. Do you hang out with friends and family who are super vocal about their opinion? If so, be ready to hear feedback on your baby's name before he or she even gets here. Many expectant parents decide to keep the name to themselves as a way to avoid any negative feedback from well-meaning family and friends. It also gives you the opportunity to change your mind without having to explain yourself. Sometimes when parents see their baby for the first time, they realize that the name they picked doesn't seem to match their baby. So be open to the possibility of a last-minute change.
Whatever path you choose when choosing your baby’s name, make sure you take the time to explore all your options and pick something that is meaningful for your family. After all, choosing a name for your baby is choosing more than just a few letters combined into one word - it’s choosing an identity and a future for your little one.
All this talk about baby names may have you wondering which ones have topped the list of the most popular names i 2022, so here they are!
Top Girl Baby Names of 2022
Here are some of the top girl names of 2022. You can find an article on this at CafeMom.com!
Top Boy Baby Names of 2022
Here are some of the top boy names of 2022. You can find an article on this at Baby-Chick.com!