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Parent Talk: Choosing a baby name

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There are many things to think about when choosing a baby name

This week we are talking about baby names.

There are so many things to consider when choosing a baby name. For some people, it’s about keeping a traditional name in the family, others think about how a name could be used as a means of teasing during the school years, and others just like how it sounds when said aloud.

Tell us: what was/will be the most important thing for you when it comes to naming your baby?

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31 Responses to “Parent Talk: Choosing a baby name”

  1. winksmith Jul 8 2012, 8:33pm

    It was important for us that our children’s names be international. We have several spoken languages in our extended family and it is easier to have a name pronounced the same in each of those languages.

  2. claireelizabeth Jul 8 2012, 5:22am

    Something that sounds nice and flows with their last name, different but not weird, no funny spelling and be careful it can’t be used to tease the child.

  3. shrimpynz Jul 7 2012, 7:50pm

    For me making sure the name is not in the top 100, hat the name is easy to spell and most importantly you can be the prime minister with your name e.g no Slades or Destinys!!!

  4. ramyaraj Jul 7 2012, 11:03am

    The meaning behind the name and how much it will represents our tradition

  5. becskirk Jul 6 2012, 4:11pm

    I think the names need to be simple, as so many names are spelt so obscurely that in the future it will annoy them when they have to explain spelling to people every day. Also has to fit in with rest of family’s names and be something your kids not likely to be teased about… some of the celebs kids names out there

  6. sugapop69 Jul 6 2012, 12:07pm

    Make sure that the babies name has his/hers grandparents name in her name somewhere.

  7. natassja Jul 6 2012, 10:58am

    Choosing your baby’s name is a difficult choice because they have it for the rest of their lives. My name is quite different, it’s pronounced natasha but is spelt natassja. I love having a name noone else has and I would want that for my child as well, as long as it is not a really strange name! I also believe having your child’s name connected to another family member in some way – either living or deceased is a nice gesture.

  8. lottieg Jul 5 2012, 4:04pm

    You need to make sure that the initials of the first/middle/last names don’t make an unpleasent word and that the name goes well with your surname. But most importantly it needs to be a name that you like as you will be saying it over and over and over, hundreds of times each day for many, many years to come (-:

  9. canterburyange Jul 5 2012, 3:34pm

    I think in choosing a baby name the names that mean more are ones that have been passed down the generations. We used my brother’s name for my eldest son’s middle name and for my youngest son we chose my dad’s name as a middle name.

  10. pinkpolkadots Jul 5 2012, 2:17pm

    personally i choose names that arent common as such without being to weird and wonderful as im aware how cruel other children can be so i tried to think of any awful rhyming words that could go with the name for example smelly Ally, so i chose Bailey for my son and Madeline for my daughter, I use special family names for their middle names to keep the tradition of some family names in the mix.

  11. Jill869 Jul 5 2012, 10:45am

    no contest, it was my husbands name….didn’t even have to think about it

  12. annettehynes Jul 5 2012, 9:50am

    We are trying to come to a decision on a name for our third child due in less than 6 weeks. I think you need to be sure you really love the name and have no doubts. The name ideally sounds nice alongside their siblings names also. It is a hard choice!

  13. Wendy65 Jul 5 2012, 7:13am

    When I named my daughters it was important that they carried some family heritage from both of our sides of the family – my youngest in particular was born 9months to the day of us losing my mother-in-law so she carries both of her grandmothers names Jean Ann – we hyphened her first name and she is Emma-Jean and it is perfect for her

  14. RachKershaw Jul 4 2012, 9:38pm

    I think a name you and your partner can agree on, something that will still sounds good when they are adults, something that they cant be teased about and doesn’t have any horrble words that rhyme with it. And that flows together nicely with their middle and last names.

  15. adrian.aj Jul 4 2012, 8:58pm

    Always, always think of every type of awful nickname or rhyme that could go with a chosen name and, personally, I have a name that is very hard to pronounce and spell and it has almost been a ‘handicap’ and more often than not, I use a nickname!

  16. lizwalk001 Jul 4 2012, 8:08pm

    Just give it a number until its old enough to choose its own name!

  17. handyandy Jul 4 2012, 4:59pm

    Trying to imagine my little darling in a responsible job and building in some flexibility was key for me. I called her Ruby Rose because I think its very pretty – but the Rose is offcially a second name that she can drop if too cutsie or pick up if she’s the 8th Ruby in her class.

  18. laura_actually Jul 4 2012, 4:15pm

    And be realistic about the fact that you have a newborn baby, not an old person in the present tense. For example “Laura” and Annabelle are both old fashioned names, but still sound nice when you say them, and Laura as a young adult’s (my) name is okay. “Ethel”, “Gertrude”, or certain others just sound very unsatisfactory.

  19. laura_actually Jul 4 2012, 4:05pm

    Obviously a name that sounds nice when you say it; a name that is classy and not common or annoying; and of course it has to go well with the middle name. Pretty for a girl, and strong and sophisticated for a boy.

  20. Maria Jul 4 2012, 3:16pm

    We both had to like the name, we also wanted something that every child wasn’t named but also that wasn’t really out there too. Also that the initials didn’t spell something weird.

  21. jewellnz Jul 4 2012, 2:17pm

    mainly that we both liked it and it went with our surname

  22. elliott30 Jul 4 2012, 1:27pm

    making sure that both the Father and Mother agree, and also that the new born’s name goes well with their other children’s names.

  23. Andypandy Jul 4 2012, 1:04pm

    Love and cherish and tell everyone the name you chose with pride. If you find other people in the family not warming to it still go with it and they will come around as the years pass on – guarantee.

  24. toniwi Jul 4 2012, 12:54pm

    We try to have names that will suit them as adults, I think there are so baby “cute” names out there and I am sure the babies will grow into them but I like something abit more suitable. And something that isn’t to common. I don’t want my child to have a name for themselves, not share with four others in their class.
    I like to use unisex names for my daughters, they are strong pretty names.
    Meanings of names comes into it as well, but isn’t a two bigger deal.
    We are about to have our third child, I am looking forward to naming him/her… is a important job

    • kate490 Jul 4 2012, 4:17pm

      I can’t stand my first name, and prefer to be known by my second name Katherine which means pure. I like my late Granny’s name Dorothy which meand God’s gift. I also like Eleanor.

  25. goddess588 Jul 4 2012, 12:34pm

    The most important thing for me when it came to naming my babies was that they were named something that wasn’t too common, but not way out, something that couldn’t easily be altered to a nickname or for teasing and something that had a special meaning. Of course both their father and I had to like it too.

  26. mooloobells Jul 4 2012, 12:16pm

    A baby should have a name that will be suitable for life and blends in with their surname. No way out names or names that they will be teased about as they are growing up. A name is forever and it shoud be one that the baby will carry into adulthood with pride not embarassment

    • kate490 Jul 4 2012, 4:24pm

      There should also be an option, say when the child s 16, if one of their names they have an intense dislike of – they can choose another one which represents their character with a say a fee of $50 – so they don’t have yhe ungodly expense of chaning it by deed poll when life gets more complicated and far too many people and organisations and documents that need changing.

  27. chars01 Jul 4 2012, 12:15pm

    A name that flows nicely and wont sound weird or funny 20 years from now, Also a name that can be cute on a baby and be respectable for an adult

  28. Christine C Jul 4 2012, 11:49am

    make sure it is a name that will suit child and adult – also one that won’t make it easy for kids to tease them with.

  29. korton77 Jul 4 2012, 11:35am

    You need to make sure it goes well with it’s siblings names, your last name and you must absolutely love it! Plus it needs to look good on the front of a CV and suit not only a baby but also adult!!

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