Indian Names – Choosing a Baby Name

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An important decision parents have to make is giving their new born child a special name. It is a big decision because parents or soon-to-parents have to remember that the child will live with the name they chose, forever. By choosing a name which flows well with the surname and which is easy to pronounce, makes life a little better for the child during its growing up years. Try to avoid unnecessary long names. People have found that naming a child after nature also adds meaning to their lives and makes them beautiful, from the inside and outside.

Giving your child a distinct name will make him stand out in a crowd. However do not go for a unique and difficult name to pronounce. This can lead to a lot of misspellings and incorrect pronunciations. In India, families are known for going baby name hunting as soon as they know they will be welcoming a baby in nine months. Another big trend making the rounds is naming a baby based on numerology which is believed to bring the child success as he grows older. However a large number of Indian baby names come from spirituality and religion. Many parents choose to name their child after Gods and saints. Among the Hindu community, family's get-together before the child is born, to find a suitable name for the child. Hindu grandparents also have a huge say in this serious matter, usually opting for names emerging from religion such as Merrignayani, Kanyakumari, Laxmi, Parvati and others.

An excellent example would be the Hindu child naming ceremony. There are many ceremonies involved in this process. It also depends on the region from where the family originates to the caste of the family. Many Hindu babies have names on the basis of their horoscopes. A Brahmin or a Hindu priest who gives the horoscope to the parents often chooses the initial letter of the baby's name. Hindi names have a lot of meaning and there is a lot of thought which goes into naming a child. The Hindu naming ceremony is known is also known as Namkaran. This ceremony usually takes place 10 days after the baby is born as it is considered to be an 'impure' time for the mother and her baby.

Other Hindu ceremonies have the naming ceremony after 11 days while some others after three months. The family priest guides the parents to select a name which will not only signify prosperity and power but which will also be pleasing to one's ears. Your other sources could be naming your child after your grandparents or a near and dear one. Naming babies after celebrities and actors tops the list as well.

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