When you find out that you’re pregnant, the first thing you want to do is figure out what to name them. It’s fun to do as a parent but there’s a certain responsibility that comes with naming your child. You can’t just decide on a random name because they’ll bear that name for the rest of their lives.
It’s tough to choose a baby name. To help you with this decision, here are a few tips from Naija Guide to help you name your bundle of joy:
Avoid passing trends
Sometimes it’s tempting to name your child to whoever celebrity is relevant today. Trendy names have often surfaced in mainstream media but you’re not sure whether it’s going to stand the test of time.
Ask yourself, is the name you’re choosing won’t sound ridiculous in the next couple of years? Remember that trends, just like any other fads in mainstream media, may not age well in the near future. Don’t let your child bear that burden as they grow up.
It’s fun to mismatch spelling for names and sometimes it can come off charming. However, you have to find out the boundary between being unique and adding inappropriate letters and punctuations that serve no purpose.
Misspelling names just for the fun of it won’t do your child any good. You have to consider that they’ll bear that name for a long time and it’s your responsibility to give them something that they’ll connect with.
Look at your family tree
Are you tired of the same old classic baby names taken from biblical references like Mary, Peter, Paul Josef and Joshua? Classic names shouldn’t be boring and looking at your family tree might help solve that dilemma.
Ask your parents about the people in your family tree or better yet, hire a genealogist to find out the meaning behind the names that caught your eye. This way, you’ll have a unique and classic name that has a strong significance to your lineage.
Pay homage to your culture
Looking for a unique baby name is hard. Most of the beautiful and unusual names are already taken wherein some of which has made it to the mainstream. If you’re the kind of parent willing to go the extra mile, then thoroughly through your culture can help do the trick.
You’re bound to find something unique when you peruse through history books of your heritage. It can also mean something special for both you and your child in the future, especially when you explain where their name came from.
Make sure to research each name when you’ve decided on a few contenders. You need to know what it means so that you won’t accidentally name your kid something awful. Trust us, that has happened a lot in the past and you wouldn’t want your child to suffer the same fate.
Paying homage to your culture is a beautiful thing when naming a child. You’re allowing them to connect with their heritage in the best way possible.