Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Name Challenge- guest post

The Name Challenge
(Guest Post)
We all know that choosing the name of our baby is a big decision, and one that shouldn’t be done at the drop of a hat.  Some of us instantly know the name we are going to choose for our baby, whilst others take months to decide on the name, maybe not even choosing until after the baby is born!  Choosing the name for your child is a challenge for any of us, so what exactly can we do to get to a decision?  There are so many things to think about!

Family connections

First of all, perhaps you need to take into consideration your family.  Many of us have parents or grandparents that have had a ‘family name’ passed down to them.  Some of us might even have family who expect us to continue this trend and pass the name down through the generations.  So if you have had crazy Uncle Bob come up to you and say ‘don’t forget that Bob is a family name, I’m expecting great things from the next one’ don’t feel pressured to use it!  For others you might be seriously considering a family name to pass on to your child.  This can be really special, and as long as you are happy with the name, I know I wouldn’t want to call my baby boy Cuthbert, then go for it!  Something that your child can relate to with another family member can grow a really strong bond.

Celebs and Names

Secondly, and this is a major talking point nowadays, the trend of celebrity baby names to infiltrate the general public.  You might have come across a baby name that has been chosen by a celebrity recently, and really love it.  There is no shame in that!  For example, there has definitely been an increase in baby girl names being chosen due to celebrities, Harper is definitely going to be more popular this year!  With celebrities choosing stranger names, year on year, then finding a unique name can also be a challenge.  There is no doubt that you can pick a unique name if you want to follow that trend, and with the millions of baby names that you can choose from you will be able to pick a name that hasn’t been chosen by someone else.  In fact, you could potentially start your own trend!

The challenge of naming your baby is not one you have to take on alone.  There will be plenty of people who want to have their say, but remember, the final decision is with you.  You get to choose the name, and with all the trends that are around at the moment, you can be sure that you have a huge selection to choose from.  Remember though, that your child is stuck with this name for the rest of their life.  So perhaps choosing a name such as . (and yes this has been chosen before) is not a great start to their life!  Make sure you have fun choosing the name, and enjoy the challenge!


*Just to clarify, she's saying that someone actually named their child ( . ), the period symbol. Not sure how you'd pronounce that.

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