What's important in choosing a child's name?

posted 3 months ago in Names
  • poll: What's important to you in choosing a child's name?

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  • Post # 61
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    brightlite :  my daughter has an incredibly simple name that I only have ever seen spelled one way. Someone asked me once “omg that’s my name too! how does she spell it?!” and I just sort of blank stared like….how do you spell it? There is more than one way? Apparently her parents thought so lol. 

    Post # 64
    193 posts
    Blushing bee

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    megm1099 :  I understand but will totally admit two of our top names came from shows. They are however more mainstream. Amilia from Doctor who- Amilia pond is one of the best and Dean from Supernatural who I just have a huge tv crush on😍

    Post # 65
    151 posts
    Blushing bee

    My name is double barrelled with a Scottish name and a Welsh name (which is the Welsh variant of my mum’s Scottish name) and I am forever telling people how to spell it and how to pronounce it. It’s very frustrated. My partner has a biblical name and I do envy how everyone just knows it but his last name is a bit difficult to spell (Irish last name). Our rule is that they have to be good with his last name and they have to be easy to spell. We’re thinking Imogen/Eleanor/Ezekiel/Alexander at the moment. 

    Post # 66
    1829 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

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    dancingfirefly :  Yeah I’m fine with that since I assume it’s pronounced like Amelia. Can’t imagine anyone having a hissy fit about that XD Various spellings of mainstream names are a totally different game. 

    And omg I’m so sorry about the Daenerys, Twizbe XD

    We are naming our son Jacob Thomas, which is about as mainstream as it goes. He’ll probably have a bunch of fellow Jacobs in his class, but tbh I am increasingly seeing names like Cayden and Hudson and Huxley before Jacobs. 

    Post # 67
    845 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I think it’s important to give a person a name that they can live with easily and happily in all stages of life. This includes what the name is, if it is easily recognised, pronounced and spelled.

    I think as parents we of course need to like our children’s names and it’s great to have a name with meaning…but I think it’s also important to remember that the name is not for you, it’s for your child. It’s definitely not about how ‘creative’ or ‘cute’ you can be, or how ‘original’ you are (particularly in terms of spelling a name with your own “you-nique” twist – cruel!) I don’t like calling them “baby names” – this person will one day be full grown and exploring opportunities.



    Post # 68
    7231 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    For me, the name had to sound good as First Middle Last, but also good as just First Last. I know WAY too many people who name their baby and spend 9 months saying their FULL name out loud, but you don’t call your kid their full name on the daily. Then they realize that it doesn’t sound good just first and last. For example (not the real name), but I know someone who named their kid something similar to Ryder James Parker….all together it sounds fine but Ryder Parker sounds like a law firm or toy company. 😉  I’m all about a firm, classic/preppy name that is easy to spell & pronounce and carry them well in life.

    I absolutely HATE when people take a name and butcher it with random unique spellings that make no sense. Or the cutesie made up names. Brynlee, Braxton, Kinslee, etc. I try to imagine a 45 year old attorney named Kinslee Rain trying to make her defense in court….haha. My son has a pretty classic/preppy name, but one that you don’t hear often. There’s been a bit of an upswing on it, in fact shortly after I gave birth and named him one of my clients gave birth and named their son the same thing. But all in all it’s not that common and we get compliments on it all the time. 

    Post # 69
    9 posts

    For me it was important that it sounded good but also for school it was a name they couldn’t get picked on for 🙂 I choose a name that couldn’t be rhymed with anything but also was easy to spell and hopefully they would like growing up with it. 

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