Baby names meaning specific words, practices and characteristics are often considered as mom and dad try to figure out what to name this new member of the household.
Depending on what's important to the parents, the search may be on for Christian meaning names, original baby names or family names.
You can use names meaning specific things as part of the shower activities.
Before the shower, look for a comprehensive book that includes name meaning origin for both girl names and boy names.
You can probably find one at your local library. You can plan several activities around the subject of baby names.
Try playing a game in which attendees suggest names, then look up the meanings of those names to see just how appropriate (or silly) combinations of names can be.
If the mom already has a name in mind, look up the meaning of the baby name and then look for alternative names that mean almost the same.
Again, see how creative, silly or apt your name combinations can be.
With a little imagination, you can come up with baby names meaning "green flower" (Emerald Rose), or "noisy baby goat" (Tristan Giles).
You can also use the baby name under consideration or the baby names meaning specific words to write a poem.
Have each attendee use the letters of the baby's first (or middle) name as the first letters in the lines of a poem.
Mom can save those poems as a reminder of those who shared that special day.
Some names are easy to recognize as originating from a particular part of the world, but others are much more difficult.
Names meaning specific things are also different in the various parts of the world and a very generic word in a different language could be a great baby name.
Christian meaning baby names are very popular and many parents are naming their children after Biblical heroes or the persons important to their particular religion.
Original baby names and family names are also a popular choice with many parents opting to use ancestral surnames for first and middle names for a child – a practice that's common in countries around the world.
In this way, these ancestral names are being transported on even when the line has vanished.