Choosing between different baby names is one of the most fun as well as one of the most difficult parts of pregnancy. After all, it is not just about you and your personal preferences. It is about your baby too because he or she will have to live with it for the rest of his or her life. Several studies have shown that people who like their names have more self-esteem and feel good about themselves, while people who feel good about themselves tend to be more successful in life. So think twice before you pick a baby name.
Which name to choose is of course completely up to you and your personal preferences. If you prefer the traditional names, go for it. You can never go wrong with names that are popular for hundreds or even thousands of years. Another great idea is to go through your family tree and honor a deceased or living relative by naming your child after him or her. Children usually do not mind if named after a relative. On the contrary, they often feel closer to that person even if they have never met him or her. However, make sure that the name does not sound too old-fashioned. Name trends tend to change through time and some names that were popular a few decades ago can sound awkward today. And I do not mean awkward in the unique sense but literally awkward. For that reason it may be a good idea to take into account the current name trends as well and check the most popular baby names to see what is “in“ at the moment.
If you would like your baby to have a unique name (in the cool sense), you will need to be a little bit creative because it is nearly impossible to give your baby a truly unique name. But do not get too creative though. Celebrities may get away with Apples, Zumas, Zaharas and similar names but that does not necessarily mean that you will too. So be careful with the so-called unique names and make sure that the name sounds good.
Although selection of a name is a very personal decision, you are highly recommended to pay attention to several factors before making the final decision. First of all, it is necessary to be aware that the response to a particular name varies greatly from one place to another. It is no one’s business how you name your baby (except your partner’s, so be sure that both of you like the chosen name) but it is important to take into account the potential reactions to a particular name as well because your child probably will not feel good about having an eyebrow raising name. Also, be careful with names that require special spelling or pronunciation and pay attention to abbreviations and nicknames which can ruin even the most beautiful names. But the most important of all is to try to imagine how your child would feel about a particular name not only during childhood but during adulthood too.
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