6 Things You Need To Keep in Mind Before Naming Your Child
The name you choose for your child will live with them for the rest of their natural lives. This is perhaps the reason why the process of naming a child is often an anxiety-inducing process. With a plethora of names to choose from and with so many considerations, the naming process can oftentimes seem like a painstaking one.
You, of course, want your child to have a name that rhymes and is unique and classy. But this is easier said than done. A lot goes into a name and you don’t want it to be a mistake your kid will shamefully live with. That said, below are six things you need to keep in mind before naming your child.
You don’t want to give your child a name that is too common. But come to think about it, some common names, though popular, can be associated with wealth, fame, and influence. This is the reason why most kids are named after influential personalities and celebrities.
But have you taken the time to dig deeper into some of the hottest celebrity baby names? You’ll be surprised by how unique and authentic various celebrity baby names sound. So, it’s really not about a name’s popularity but how uniquely popular a name is.
2. Some Names Can Be Problematic
Yes, you heard it right the first time! While some names might seem innocuous or have some scholarly connections, their pronunciations can be closely associated with some profanities. For instance, you don’t want to give your American child Vietnamese names such as Phuc, Dung, or Hung. These names may be symbolic in Vietnam, but they’ll be difficult to pull off in English pronunciations.
3. Choosing a Gender-Neutral Name
Also known as unisex names, gender-neutral names are names that can be used on both boys and girls. Throughout history, some names such as Leslie and Dana were commonly used when naming boys. Today, these names are now girl names. Nonetheless, before you give your child a unisex name, it’s important that you ask yourself some important questions. These include:
- Is it a family name?
- Will it help to prevent stereotyping in your child’s future?
- Will it help to prevent sexism in your child’s future?
- How non-binary or non-fluid is the name?
Modernization has brought with it cultural and traditional shifts in various communities. Male names that were once considered odd when used on girls are now commonplace in modern society. Today, it may be inconsequential to give your child a gender-neutral name.
4. Consider the Name’s Flexibility
There are various aspects of your child’s name that can affect them for the rest of their lives. For instance, how your child’s nickname sounds may affect both their social behaviors and self-confidence. You want to give your child a name that even when in nickname form, will still sound hip and cool.
Some names may have a traditional sound but have a cool nickname. Names such as Alexandria, Alexander, Alfred, or Alice can have Al or Alex for nicknames. These are cool nicknames your kid will want to live with for the rest of their lives. As you can see, there’s more to a name than meets the eye.
5. Making Sure That Your Child’s Name Is Bully-Proof
This may mean taking a tour around your neighborhood or seeking help from a teacher friend to learn of the common names that are prone to bullying. While this can seem like a huge task, it will help to prevent your child from future bullies.
The topic of bullying has been in most debates and unfortunately, most kids are victims of bullying because of how their names sound. Names such as Peggy, Evelyn for boys, Waldo, and Dick will only incite the wrath of bullies and subject your kid to super-wedgies and wet willies.
6. Taking the Name for a Test!
Simply choosing a name isn’t enough. Before you give your baby the name you chose for them, take the name for a “road test”! This will help to ensure that the name doesn’t sound heinous or associate your kid with some unacceptable behaviors. Below are some places you can find out whether your child’s name is spewy:
- The playground
- Google translate
- A neighborhood name slang test
- In the mall
Naming your child is an important milestone and a process that will forever be edged in your memory. The above tips will help provide you with insights on how to give your child a name they’ll take pride in and a name that will help to shape their life.