Daily Prompt A-Z > This Business of Naming Babies

My one and only darling daughter

My one and only darling daughter

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare

A lot can be said about naming one’s baby.

Babies will react to you when they often hear the same sound accorded to them.

Care must be done not to make it too common, long or strange as they will carry this name until their dying day.

Don’t underestimate its value.

Ever wonder why some persons are more successful than others?

For one, there are names that are more popular than most.

Giving a baby the same name as mass murderers (Ted Bundy Cruz?), while making them popular, may have consequences in the future.

His or her name should be interesting enough as this may be the start of many a conversation (so forget naming your baby Hello).

It is important that it is easy to spell, pronounce and will not lead to any confusion as to your baby’s gender.

Just imagine the name Stevie — Wonder or Nicks?

Knowing the child’s gender beforehand helps in picking out a name which is suitable to your surname. 

Last names, after all cannot be changed, though until much later, for girls.

More and more people are likewise leaning towards exotic names, particularly for short last names.

Never add unnecessary h’s to make it more exotic than it really is. 

One such example is Jhonh or Rhaphaelh.

Parents should also be cautioned against use of titles as well, particularly when in London.

Queen Elizabeth Jones, anyone?

Rajah Sulayman Green doesn’t sound good either, even in the Philippines.

Surely, use of a grand-, great-grand or great-great-grand parents’ names will delight the oldies but some are truly outdated.   

Tiburcio, my beloved great-grandfather’s name, never made it to my baby boy names’ list (and I have 4 boys!)

Unless, of course, Lolo Tiburcio had left a treasure chest for his first namesake, then I could have reconsidered.

Very well, now that you know the basic rules, you are ready to pick your baby’s name.

When in doubt, you can “Google” the meaning of the names.

Xander, for example, means “the defender of men”.

You, are you naming a baby girl?      

Zinnia … now is that not too common, just right in terms of length but the one we know is a crazy bitch.

That was a fun one for a DP … quite challenging so I had my baby girl help me with this post. She is named after her great-grandparent Julia … and no, I did not get a treasure chest for naming her such. Isn’t my baby cute?

More on today’s DP here : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/27/daily-prompt-orderly/

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