Choosing a name for your baby is one of the most important and exciting things you’ll have to decide on during your pregnancy. Obviously you want to be pick a name that you are going to love but also something he/she won’t hate or be made fun of. Not to mention that you aren’t the only one who has to like the name, your spouse has to as well. With Evan I was dead set on naming him Lucas Benjamin then when my third trimester rolled around his father decided he didn’t like the name. Evan didn’t even have a middle name until after he was born because his father couldn’t choose. There are a lot of things to consider when naming your baby and here are just a few.
The origin of a name could be something you’d consider if you’d like to keep your family’s heritage in mind. For example, with Max, we gave him the middle name William which is my husband’s middle and his grandfather’s name. An old boss of mine gave her son her maiden name as a middle name which I thought was pretty cool too. This is a great way to give your baby a family name so that they will always know where their family came from.
The meaning of a name was something that I definitely considered since I didn’t want it to be something boring or odd. Not to mention I did a reverse search on names to see if I could find any that meant something to me as well. I didn’t have any luck but the names I did like all had great meanings. Evan means “young warrior” which is strong and well suited for a boy I thought. Maximus means the greatest which I absolutely love.
The Spelling of the Name
Names can be hard to pronounce sometimes, not just for other people but for your child as well. Think of how hard it will be for your child to learn their own name let alone learn how to spell it when they’re old enough. Think of how many letters will be in their name and if it would be difficult for them to grasp. Do you think they would be able to learn to spell it in kindergarten? I’m not saying don’t choose a unique name, by all means go for it. I would just make sure its something that isn’t spelled too uniquely or a name that can be shortened such as Max for Maximus.
When you’re looking at names and if the name is gender neutral, always consider it for both sexes. I love boy names for girls! For instance I don’t like the name Clark for a boy but if I had a girl I would definitely go for it. You never know what you might like!
Another thing to consider when choosing a name is the possible nicknames that can go along with it. When I chose Evan all I could think of was calling him Van or Evies. Evies sounded really girly in my head but in the end, it didn’t matter anyways. If you’re the type that would worry about this then I would definitely make sure you chose a name that can have nicknames you like. Even if you chose a name you think can’t be shortened, don’t be surprised if it happens anyways.
Just know that in the end, not everyone is going to like the name you have chosen for your child. As long as you and your spouse love, I’m sure the others will come around.