Choosing the name of your baby is an important decision. When you pick a name you like, think about how it goes with your surnames, the initials and how well it fits with the names of your other children. Also think about how it may be shortened and whether you like the shortened names. Think of any obvious nicknames the name lends itself too as well.
Say your chosen names out loud and see how they sound. You will be using them an awful lot and calling them across parks and playgrounds in years to come and it must sound right to you. Say the name with your surname and any chosen middle names too to see how they sound. There will be names that you love but your partner is not so keen on and vice versa. Find a name you both really like and come to a compromise. Whatever names you choose in the end make sure it is one you both agree on. Think about how you will spell the name. Will you choose the traditional spelling or a different form? Is it an easy name for your child to learn to write at school? Will people consistently spell the name wrong? Do you mind? Take a bit of time to find out how popular your chosen name is. If it is one of the top ten baby names then you will probably find there are several children with the same name at nursery or school. Many said that you can’t go wrong with a traditional name but you may prefer something more unique instead.
Pick a name you think your child will love. Of course, there are no guarantees but think about how they might feel if they are given either a very popular name or a very unique and individual name. Some members said though that whatever you choose, your child will know it was a name chosen with love so they are bound to appreciate it anyway.