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7 Things To Consider Before Choosing A Baby Name

7 Things To Consider Before Choosing A Baby Name

You spend weeks, months choosing the perfect name for your baby. You dont want to suddenly realise your little one is called lsquo;Ben Dover or lsquo;C. Bass. So, consider it from a few different angles

Youve got a name you like, and its perfect. Or is it? Consider a few things before you start ordering personalised babygroshellip;

The initials of a first, middle and surname when put together can spell a word, and its worth considering whether its a good one. Just ask Sarah Anne Dawkins or poor Adam Robert Simpson.

Also consider how the first name initial goes with your surname.

F. Attaway, A. Tool, B. Moody and P. Freely might wish their parents had thought this through a bit morehellip;

One day your child will get hold of a baby names book, and if little Gulliver finds out his name means lsquo;glutton, he might not be best pleased. Neither will Leah when she sees lsquo;weary or Kennedy when she sees lsquo;misshapen head.

Luckily, most names have more than one meaning, so perhaps you can direct them to the nicer ones.

Kids will always make fun of names, so theres only so much you can do ndash; but lets not make it easy for them. What does that name you want rhyme with?

Ellie is a gorgeous name ndash; but it does rhyme with smelly. Just sayin.

Thanks to celebrity culture, names often carry an association with someone in the limelight.

People may think of the Kardashians when you introduce little Kim or Kourtney

Whether you like it or not, people may think of the Kardashians when you introduce little Kim or Kourtney.

Hit films could become annoying, too ndash; a child called Forrest would very quickly get bored of being told to lsquo;Run Forrest, run!

Although baby Usain could be a sure pick for the team on Sports Day.

Names get shortened ndash; Samantha often becomes Sammy or Sam, while Stephen is cut to Steve. Make sure youre as enamoured with the inevitable shortening of your babys name as the full version.

Shortenings can also pose problems when paired with the wrong surname.

The classic Benjamin Dover becomes Ben Dover, and Stanley (or Stan) Still from Gloucestershire told the BBC his name had been quot;a blooming millstone around my neck my entire lifequot;.

Having to correct the pronunciation of your name every time you introduce yourself is quite a burden. Even a name as simple as lsquo;Leah ndash; Lee-a ndash; is automatically pronounced Lay-a because of the character in Star Wars.

Its hard to strike the balance between a name thats unique to the point of being bizarre, and one thats too common and perhaps a bit boring. Something original such as Princess or Ziggy might seem fabulously unique, although perhaps a bit comical on a CV.

On the other hand, Christopher or Jenny might seem pleasant and down-to-earth but if there are four other Christophers in his class, your child may end up being referred to as, lsquo;Christopher H or worse, lsquo;not that Chris, short/tall/clumsy Chris.

So try and perhaps fall somewhere in between.

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