Start by Thinking about your name
Would you give yourself the same name
you already have? Go down the memory name and see weather you were ever
teased because of your name. Did you ever like to have a different name?
Do you feel let down because of your name? If your answer is yes to any
of these questions, then analyze your “whys,” before naming your child.
Then think about your last name
If its short and simple then you can pair
it with a large first name. But if it’s to long and ethnic then you might
consider giving your child a short and simple first name.
A Middle Name
Four fifths of people in Who’s Who have
middle names. It will be easier to identify your child if he has a meaningful
middle name. There may be many John Crains out there, but the number
decreases dramatically by adding a distinctive middle name…such as John
Ah, superstition! It is said that people
whose initials spell out a word will be wealthy. If you believe the superstition,
then rig it so that your child’s name will spell out a word. But be kind.
Make sure the word is one with which your child will want to be associated.
Its great when initials spell out TEN, FUN, WOW. Be sure to stay clear
of initials like BAD, PIG or DUD.
A Hungarian Proverb says, “A child that
is loved has many names” And most nicknames are a sign affection. Studies
have shown that people with nicknames tend to be better adjusted. Plus,
nicknames seem to promote a certain intimacy and indicate friendship.
Our first inclination was to say, keep
the spelling conventional so that your child doesn’t have to go through
life correcting everybody.
A tough Act To follow
It might be traditional in some western
countries to give a boy his father’s name, tacking on a “Junior” or “II”
or “III” but we think you could do better than that. “Give your child his
The Meaning of It all
The meanings of names go way back to the
beginning of Recorded History and it all depends on which historical record
you go by. A meaning is the most distinct and important identity of the
Sound It out.
Lastly just say the name aloud, which
you have chosen. Does it sound good. Be sure to see that when the last
name begins from the same letter the first name ends, its hard to tell
where the first name ends and the last name begins.
The rules which were given
above were just in General. There are hundreds of names which have defied
every consideration. So ultimately the choice is yours.
Source: This article is an extract
from the introduction of the book “The Perfect Name for The Perfect Baby”
by Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen