Considerations in choosing the right name for your baby girl

Choosing the name for your baby is perhaps one of the most important decisions that you have to make in your family life. It may not be as crucial as perhaps deciding on financial matters but it is nevertheless special.

The choosing process need not be hard if you know how to have fun and you know just where your priorities lie. Most parents would already have an idea where they will get the name of their baby. Some parents use the names of their own parents while others borrow from the names of relatives, friends and other special people that touched their lives. A few parents even consult numerologists to calculate lucky names for their baby girls.

Media personalities are another important source of baby names. It is a known fact, for example, that during the time when Britney was very famous, a lot of baby girls were named after the famous pop star. Other who are very religious name their kids after famous saints while most just rely on pure instincts and just choose the name that they really like or the name that first popped into their minds.

Right now, there is a trend going about giving multiple names to babies. Most children will have two or more given names and will have completely different nicknames! Is that not enough to give any child a headache?

It is well and good to rely on instincts but parents should also take into consideration some factors like for example the initials that will be formed by the names and the surname. For instance Rizza Altricia Thompson will have an initial of RAT. Although, this would not seem evident at the start, the RAT initials may become one of the sore points in your child’s life and may even be a source of teasing for her.

Parents should also consider the gender of the child. In giving girls’ names for example, it is good to choose feminine names. Although male names have already been given to girls, there is no discounting the benefit that a feminine name will give. Besides, it will be hard for your child to explain to people that she is a girl given a boy’s name.

In using the names of your relatives, it is best to use them as a middle name or a second name rather than the first name. This will give your child her own identity and will separate her from the relatives whose name she uses.

Unique spellings may also be good and unique but temper how unique you go with the names that you give. Remember that your little girl will live with that name for the rest of her life and in a way be marked by it. Names that are really hard to understand or spell may pose a problem later in life.

In registering the names for the birth certificate, make sure that you have the spellings of the name right and that you will be using that name for her. Changing your mind after making the birth certificate can make things difficult for your child especially in legal matters when she has to present her birth certificate and be known by a different name. Misspellings can also pose a problem, so make sure that every data in the birth record is in apple pie order

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