Most parents starts discussing baby names as soon as they find out that the stork's going to be paying a visit soon. From pinning down their favorite boy and girl names to arguing late into the night about which one is the best every parent invariably has more than one favorite. The thought that your precious baby is probably going to be called this for life makes it even more difficult to make a choice. So is there any scientific way to go about selecting the best name for your baby?
It's no science for sure. However, here are 5 things to definitely keep in mind when selecting a name for your baby!
- How Does The Name Sound?
This is definitely the most important factor. When you say the name aloud does it have a pleasing sound? Choose a name and say it repeatedly. Call it out loud and see if it appeals to you and your spouse. Also, call out the first name along with your last name. Now if your last name is 'Weiss' then naming your baby boy 'Seth' or 'Ross' would make it: Seth Weiss or Ross Weiss! Not so pleasing is it. An Adam Weiss on the other hand has a nicer ring to it!
- What Does The Name Mean?
Once you select a name that you and your spouse really like, go ahead and find out what it means. Often the nicest sounding names have extremely unpleasant meanings or means nothing at all. While some parents are ok with that, others may not be. Also, it is really nice to grow up knowing your name means something lovely like a little girl named 'Dew' or a boy named 'Michael'.
- Is It Appropriate To The Baby's Gender?
Again, while unisex clothes and unisex everything has become really popular, are you sure you really want a unisex name for your baby? Let your baby's name reflect his or her gender. While some names are genuinely acceptable for both and often we use nicknames for our children that could belong to either gender, a baby's proper name must be suitable to its gender. Having a boy's name for a girl or vice versa can make things very difficult for your child during the early school years.
- Is The Name Trendy And Currently Popular? Not Too Popular Is It?
Another thing to keep in mind when naming your baby is whether the name is currently popular and trendy or not? Names like Calista and Leonardo are of all the rage, thanks to Ally McBeal - the hit TV series and Titanic - the movie. Many parents continue to prefer using Biblical names like John and Mary for their children.
However, often it pays not to follow the bandwagon. You could look hard and find a really unique name for your little angel. Just make sure its not so unique as to be made fun of!
- Tradition Has Value
Lastly, there's a lot to be said for tradition. Naming the baby as per 'numerology' or even for the ancestors can have a positive impact on the baby's future. Even if you take these astrological signs with a pinch of salt, a little bit of extra luck never hurt anyone!