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How to Choose Your Baby’s Name
How to choose your baby’s name is a very important task when you discover you are pregnant. Naming a child is something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
A namesake is when you give your baby a name that is already in your family. Popular choices are naming them after you or your husband or a grand parent. Sometimes aunts, uncles and cousins and even good friends can be included in the choices. Some families are rich in namesakes.
There can be variations of namesakes. You can combine 2 relatives and make the “first” and “middle” name. You can also combine 2 names into one name. For example – my first daughter has such a name. My husband’s middle name is Brian and my middle name is Ann. We combined the 2 and came up with “Brianne” – I added an e on the end for her own individuality.
Another variation is a variation of the name itself. For example if you look in a baby name book you will see several variations most of the names. Like my name “Lori” – a variation is “Laura” or “Laurel”. Incidentally my daughter’s middle name is Laurel. My mother’s name is Laura.
These names can be what ever the trend is at the moment. For clarification I’m going to list the top 10 names in 2007 for both boys and girls.
This is my personal favorite way to pick out a name. The Bible is full of examples of how God changed the names of the Israelites to give them better meanings. For example the name “Abram” means high and lofty in Hebrew. God could not work with that so he changed it to Abraham – which means “father of many nations.” There are examples all throughout the Bible – and each person lived up to the meaning of their name.
I will comb through a baby name book looking for names that I like – then I check out the meaning – if it has an ill-meaning I will cross it off my list till I find those that have meanings I like. Then I can go from there and look at the variations of the name to further narrow my list.
MAKING A NEW NAME
Some folks enjoy making up a name. These can be fun to do – as you can also make up the meaning too. But before you go stringing a bunch of letters together ask yourself if you would have enjoyed growing up with that particular name.
PLACES AND OBJECTS
A current trend is to give a baby the name of a place – like Dallas or Lourdes – or of objects or times of year or dates. These normally have a reason such as you love the City of Dallas – or you particularly love Tuesday’s. Whatever the case – these days anything is a go. Just read some celebrity magazines for unusual names being used.
Whatever you decide to name your baby – make sure it’s one you believe your child will love having for their entire lives. To be well-rounded – try to be hip, give a good meaning – and make it something both you and your child will be proud to have.
Contributed by Lori Ramsey of Stages in Pregnancy.