Choosing a name for your newborn is very difficult and responsible thing. Finding the right name that both parents and child will like, it’s a big project that can last all nine months or even more. It is definitely one of the most important decisions that partners have to take during pregnancy. It’s true that some mommies have their names chosen for years, but on the other hands, some parents don’t have the right name even some days after birth.
Will the name be traditional, original, modern, after grandmother/grandfather, will newborn have one or two names….the decision is (should be) only yours. We decided to write down some tips that may help you in this “mission impossible”.
…For life (probably)…
Keep in mind that the name you choose, will probably stick with your child for life. Name is also the first present your child will receive from you, that’s why you have to make sure it will be special and chosen carefully.
If there are more names you have in mind, you should make a list. First both partners should write down some names that they like and are important to them. Then go through list together and maybe you will find a name that you both like.
Once you find it, try to repeatedly pronounce it, add the last name, say it out loud, then whisper it…perhaps you will find it even more adorable, or you won’t like it anymore.
Keep in mind that your child can have problems with long names, especially if you already have a long last name. Often, longer first names work better with shorter last names, and vice versa.
Try to avoid first names that rhyme with your last name. And please resist puns – a name like “Holly Molly” will be cute for about five minutes, then your poor child will be stuck with it for the rest of his or her life.
An unusual name has the advantage of making the bearer stand out from the crowd, but on the other hand, a name no one has heard of and few can pronounce can bring attention a child would rather avoid!
…Think about it first…
When choosing name you should think about what kind of names you like, while name usually says more about you than it does about your child. A name communicates a wealth of social information, including the parents’ tastes and background. It also tells a lot about your dreams and ambitions for your child.
So think about what kind of names you like; are these old traditional and almost
forgotten names, new modern and usually short names, but also think about your child! Choosing name that will reflect your religious affiliation, for example Maria Magdalena, it’s a nice confirmation of your religious beliefs, but you have to ask yourself if your daughter will like it as well, once she is older.
…More than one name…
If you decide to give your child more than one name, it’s important to decide, whether you will call your child after just one name or both. It is also important not to confuse your child, so both parents should call child by the same name. But usually children with two names decide by themselves how they want to be called (by their friends, teachers,…).
That’s makes it even harder, right? Twins are babies that were born at the same time, but that doesn’t mean that parents have to experience them as one! It is recommendable to name them as different as you can. If you have boy and girl, that shouldn’t be so difficult. But if they are both of the same sex, you have to think really hard. If they are very similar in appearance and have nearly the same name, people will find it very difficult to distinguish them. This may also hinder their desire for an independent personality.
There is no simple tip that will help you decide and choose the right name, but keep in mind that the most important criterion when you are choosing a name is simply that you and your partner like it and try not to be by the influence of members of your families while choosing it!
The most popular Irish baby names in 2012
The Top 10 names for girls: The Top 10 names for boys:
1. Emily 1. Jack
2. Sophie 2. James
3.Emma 3. Sean
4. Katie 4. Daniel
5. Lily 5. Conor
6. Sarah 6. Ryan
7. Lucy 7. Adam
8. Ava 8. Harry
9. Chole 9. Michael
10. Aoife 10. Alex
If you don’t like any of these popular names, you can consider this ancient Irish tradition:
Oldest son named after the father’s father
Second son named after the mother’s father
Third son named after the father
Fourth son named after the father’s oldest brother
Oldest daughter named after the mother’s mother
Second daughter named after the father’s mother
Third daughter named after the mother
Fourth daughter named after the mother’s oldest sister