Baby Naming Tips that will Make you Smile
Choosing a name for your baby boy or baby girl is like embarking on a treasure hunt where you are a guaranteed winner. That perfect baby name is out there somewhere, carefully concealed between the folds of a baby naming book or neatly hidden in cyber space on an Internet baby naming site. You just need to find it and undoubtedly you will. The baby naming tips listed here will both amuse and entertain you. But that's not their only purpose. We would like you to know about a few pitfalls to avoid so that when your baby grows up, the baby name you have chosen emerges as a genuine asset and not a liability. But we won't give you away our baby naming tips that easily. First a baby naming tip 101 for you.
In 1973, just before the onset of the IT revolution, two American psychologists Harari and McDavid, conducted a study about the names of children. They found to their surprise that a child's name in school was such a powerful element of his or her personality that school teachers were even grading tests on the basis of the names of the students enrolled for that class. They found that children with normal and usual names did much better on tests than children with difficult or unusual names everything else being equal.
So there you are. Your baby's name can also impact school performance. That is, however, hardly a matter of concern because once you read and follow our baby naming tips brought to you in the form of three neatly organized easy-to-read tip sheets, you will arrive at the end of your little treasure hunt only to find your treasure waiting for you!
Baby Naming Tips
1. Contemporary or Traditional
2. Names with Embarrassing Contractions, Abbreviations and Initials
3. Meaningful Baby Names
Choose your Baby's Name with Care
Baby Naming Tip#1: Contemporary or Traditional
Whether to give a baby a traditional or a contemporary name that has been inspired by a celebrity is one of those never ending debates. Although this is a matter of personal preference, we believe that a middle-of-the-road approach is the way to go. Pick a traditional or a classic name that has the potential of remaining popular in the future. No one has a crystal ball to predict destiny but, on the other hand, if the baby boy name or the evocative baby girl name you wish to choose has a positive track record, use it to name your baby. The annual list of top 100 baby boy names and baby girl names can be very handy in this regard in addition to being a valuable and time-tested resource for baby name suggestions. Classic and traditional baby boy names for boys such as Robert, John, James, William, Charles, George, Joseph, Richard, Edward and Donald are quite popular today. Incidentally, their classic and traditional profile is borne out by the fact that these boy names were the top ten baby boy names from 1920 to 1929. No one can match the popularity and youthfulness of the name "Robert" since it has consistently made it to the top 100 list for more than fifty years. The same holds true for baby girl names as well. We can expect those names that have been ranked high for long to be around for quite some time. Examples include Mary, Dorothy, Helen, Betty, Margaret, Ruth , Virginia , Doris, Mildred, and Frances. Names such as Emily and Cathy are also considered to be ever-popular.
Although trendy and fashionable names for baby girls abound, there is surely a paucity of trendy names for baby boys. For baby girls, we have such trendy and fashionable names such as Alexis from the television soap opera "Dynasty," Ashley from the singer Ashley Judd, and Samantha from the TV program "Bewitched." For baby boy names, we have the names Brandon from the TV show " Beverly Hills 90210," and Ryan from the show "Ryan's Hope." Choose celebrity baby names with caution though because they can go out of fashion before you know it. For instance, the baby girl name " Brittany " was number three on the Top 100 baby girl names list in 1990. Today, it is nowhere to be seen, not even in the top fifty names.
Baby Naming Tip#2: Names with Embarrassing Contractions, Abbreviations and Initials
Meet Mrs. And Mr. Davidson. When their baby daughter was born, they decided to call her Mary. Mary is a lovely classic name - not overused and certainly in no way out of fashion. The middle name had to be Ann after Mary's grandmother. That was a promise. Now what did the initials spell? M.A.D. A little advanced planning could have avoided this difficult but not impossible circumstance. There are moments in life when we are legally asked to use our initials - when signing and initializing every page of a mortgage contract, a refinancing application and other important documents. Also, initials are often used on monogrammed products such as cutlery, silverware, expensive jewelry and handkerchiefs. We are sure you get the drift.
Baby Naming Tip#3: Meaningful Baby Names
When picking a baby name for your baby son or daughter, please conduct a reality check by looking up its meaning. This exercise should be conducted at two levels. First check the meaning of the name in your own language. Once you are convinced that it is OK, check to see if the baby boy or baby girl name you have picked doesn't have a negative connotation in a foreign language. According to YourDictionary.com, "There are6,800 known languages spoken in the 200 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken." Obviously, one cannot check all six thousand languages but one can surely check the baby name you have chosen using a reliable baby name site such as ours. This is well worth the effort. After all, you wouldn't want your baby boy to be named " Shannon" which means "old" or "Vachell" which means "small cow." We don't believe your son would like to be called a cow while playing football on the school's practice field.
Baby Naming Tip#4: Choose your Baby's Name with Care
Nature's course allows you to take up to ten months to think about baby names for both baby boys and girls. It is therefore a wise idea to use this time proactively and research the baby name you will eventually choose. As they say, it is better to be safe than sorry because what is done cannot be undone that easily. No matter how hard you have tried to arrive at the perfect baby name, success doesn't come ever with a warranty card. There are myriad reasons why individuals change their names once they grow up. In most countries and cultures, this is a complicated project that requires legal intervention. A careful scrutiny of our three information-packed tip sheets on naming your baby is sure to point you in the right direction and ensure that it is smooth sailing all the way.