101 Baby Name Tips and Suggestions

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Naming a child is one of the most important and stressful events a parent will face prior to their child’s arrival. There are family traditions, religious customs, as well as advice from family members and friends. These 101 Baby Naming tips may lead parents to the perfect name, or may simply eliminate some choices from contention. Either way, it will give future parents something to think about as they seek out that perfect baby name.

  1. Listen to advice from family and friends – but ultimately make your own decision
  2. Making others ‘think’ they are part of the process can make your life easier as you (and your partner) search for the perfect name
  3. Arabic names tend to be religious, usually referring to worship and faithfulness
  4. Research names from your favorite band, or choose the name of your favorite singer
  5. Go to the library and look up some classic books or stories, as there are usually great names of classic characters
  6. Choose the name of your favorite celebrity or movie star
  7. Realize that celebrities may not have all of the answers – Is Apple a fruit, or a child’s name?
  8. Pick a name of a character from your favorite television show
  9. Soap operas are a great source for unique, popular names
  10. Choose a character from your favorite movie – Rocky or Sonny for example
  11. If the name doesn’t seem to fit the baby as they develop their personality, you can always change the name, but don’t wait too long
  12. In China, a name contains one unique character while the others are shared by all family members in the child’s generation
  13. Name the baby after your favorite town or city – Florence or Diego for example
  14. Invite your friends to participate in a contest – ask them to choose the day your baby will be born, and the one who is closest gets to pick the name
  15. Give a unique name – choose a top 100 name from a different country
  16. Research other cultures or naming traditions
  17. Babies do grow up – a cute name may not always be cute
  18. Name the baby after the doctor (or nurse) that delivered the baby
  19. Research your ethnic background to learn naming traditions as well as superstitions
  20. Ask you older children to participate in naming your new child – it can be fun and lead to great bonding moments for your family
  21. In a large family, be careful of using the same name a cousin or family member may already have – family events can become quite confusing
  22. Consider using a last name as a middle name, or a first name
  23. See if using the first letters of names from people in your family result in a potential name: Sarah, Alan, Michael – SAM
  24. Look through your family tree and research the different names of your ancestors
  25. Give a family member the honor of selecting a name for your child
  26. A mother’s maiden name can become a unique, momentous first name
  27. Select the name you always wanted to have for yourself had you been able to choose your own name
  28. Name a child after your favorite attribute of someone you love, for example, Cassidy (girl with curly hair) or Ahisma (gentle)
  29. Pick a name after a beautiful flower, like Lilly or Rose
  30. The French have traditionally given names from the Roman Catholic calendar of saints
  31. Pick you favorite gem – Ruby or Pearl
  32. Choose a popular name from other countries or cultures
  33. Name your child after a grandparent from either the mother’s or father’s family
  34. Greeks typically use the paternal grandfather’s name for the first-born male and the paternal grandmother’s name for the first daughter
  35. Visit a local hospital and go to the maternity ward – check out what other parents are naming there kids
  36. Five distinct requirements for a Hindu name 1) the name should be easy to say and have a pleasant sound, 2) the name would need to have a set number of syllables, as well as vowels, 3) the baby’s name would indicate his or her gender, 4) the name would represent the family’s status, specific to power, wealth, and fame, and 5) the caste of the family would be suggested with the chosen name
  37. Hispanic names frequently have biblical histories or are named for Saints
  38. Write down the initials from the baby’s full name – make sure it does not spell something bad – Dana Angela Madison (DAM)
  39. Think of the child’s middle name as well – make sure the first and middle names sound good together
  40. Irish children are often named after family members – First son named after father’s father, first daughter after mother’s daughter, second son after mother’s father, second daughter after father’s mother
  41. There is a custom in Italy that 1) the first male is named after his paternal grandfather, 2) the second male is named after his maternal grandfather, 3) the first female is named after her paternal grandmother, and 4) the second female is named after her maternal grandmother
  42. Japanese believe that a baby’s name will decide its future, which is why the Japanese look for names that bring good fortune to the child
  43. Ashkenazic Jews have a strong tradition that a baby be named after a deceased relative
  44. Sephardim Jews name their children after living grandparents, where the first son is named for the father’s father, the first daughter for the father’s mother; the next son is named after his mother’s father and the second girl for her maternal grandmother
  45. Select a last name and use it as a first name – the last name can be in your family, or just a name you like for your child – McKenzie for example
  46. Pick a name that has a special meaning to you or your significant other
  47. Make sure the name you’ve chosen does not have a negative meaning
  48. Pick some attributes you’d like your child to possess and use a baby name meaning tool to determine which names have the meaning you seek
  49. Select a name that rekindles positive memories, from someone you once knew or a mentor that had a positive influence in your life
  50. Make a list of names you know you don’t like and determine if each has a common trait or attribute to help find the perfect name
  51. Pick a name that can be easily shortened or abbreviated, allowing your child to pick the one he/she likes best as he/she gets older – for example, Michael can become Mike, Mikey, Mickey, etc
  52. If you have a lucky number, pick a name with the same amount of letters as your lucky number
  53. Choose wisely – some studies suggest that people with more popular names are treated better than those with less popular names
  54. Some names will likely become unpopular or too popular, but don’t spend too much time trying to determine if the name you’ve selected falls into one of these categories
  55. When naming multiple kids with the same first letter, consider if it will strip some of your children from feeling unique or special
  56. If you are having multiple babies, choose names that are unique – Dave and Dale are too similar, try Dave and Steve so each child feels a special affinity for their name. It will also make things less confusing when calling a child’s name
  57. List your favorite names and see if a combination results in a great name – Michael and Jason = Mason
  58. If you have multiple kids (or plan on it), some families pick a consistent letter for each child’s name: Steve, Sarah, Sonya, etc.
  59. Nature is a good source to consider when trying to find beautiful names – trees (Willow), flowers (Rose), or plants (Fern)
  60. Consider what nicknames can, and will, come from the name, and make sure you are not setting your child to be made fun of later in life
  61. People shorten names – James will likely become Jim, or Nathaniel will likely become Nate
  62. Norwegian tradition names the first-born son for the paternal grandfather, and the second-born son for the maternal grandfather. First and second born daughters were named after their grandmothers in similar fashion
  63. Numerology helps many people find their perfect name – visit a site that explains uses numerology like http://www.babynamesusa.com
  64. Name your child after a parent, John can become John Jr., this is one of the most commonly used traditions
  65. Avoid naming the child after a past boyfriend or girlfriend of significance, it can only lead to friction
  66. Visit the past to find a classic name by going to http://www.thetop100babynames.com and looking through history’s top names
  67. Don’t select a name that had previously been held by your pet
  68. Poems can contain special, meaningful names, and there are many to choose from in the local library
  69. Polish people usually give one or two names and typically choose a traditional Biblical or saint’s name
  70. In Poland, law mandates that a person’s given name must clearly indicate the baby’s sex
  71. Name your child after a politician of significance, from the United State or abroad
  72. Consider the first name and last name and make sure they sound good together – Jim Shoe or Trixie Pixy may lead to future teasing
  73. Make sure you have a name selected for each sex, boy and girl, so you are ready when the big day gets there
  74. The name you’ve selected may look beautiful on paper – but make sure people can easily read and pronounce the name too
  75. The baby will become an adult so make sure you select a name he or she will be proud of sharing and using
  76. Name your baby for a religious figure. There are many to select from and this is one of the most common sources of names
  77. Certain religions honor the living by naming a child after a loved one – while other religions only honor the deceased, make sure you know your religious traditions
  78. Read a religious book to find names of faith
  79. It may not be wise to have the first and last name rhyme – Dwight White
  80. Keep your favorite names secret – avoid someone else stealing your favorite name, it could lead to arguments
  81. Listen to a favorite song – there may be a good name and you can tell the child exactly where there name came from, and listen to it together
  82. Pick your favorite name and change some letters – Taylor or Tayler – make it unique for your child Alice or Alyce?
  83. Add a letter to a name you like – from Linda to Blinda
  84. Name your child after a sports hero from your favorite team
  85. Take the baby names test at http://www.babynamesusa.com to find a perfect baby name
  86. Don’t name ‘on a whim’ – give it time and thought to ensure you select the right name
  87. Some families give the same first name to each of their children, passed down from generation to generation, but call them by their middle name
  88. Names can be for a boy or a girl – Taylor, Dana or Jordan – make sure you are comfortable knowing a child from the opposite sex may have the same name as your child
  89. Vietnamese people use different given names (first names are not traditionally passed down), and the name reflects a meaning Most Vietnamese names can be used for either sex
  90. Choose the name of the best man or maid of honor in your wedding
  91. Astrology, a method of self-exploration, may help you find some good ideas for the right name
  92. French people traditionally have one or two (sometimes more) given names, with the first name being used in most social settings and the additional given names in honor of family members
  93. Children’s movies or cartoons may contain some good names for your consideration
  94. Ask your children for names of children in their class as school
  95. Name your child after your best friend, or the best friend of your significant other
  96. Grab the newspaper and see if there are some good names in the articles or stories of interest
  97. It may sound gross, but the obituary section of a newspaper can be a good source of great names – as well as classic names from the past
  98. Name your child after a prominent business person, a doctor, a lawyer, or a favorite teacher
  99. American Idol is the hottest reality show on television right now – pick your favorite contestant and use that name for your child
  100. If the child is a boy, name the child after a President of the United States of America or your country of origin
  101. Name your child after a past winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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