Picking baby names is very personal and you will discover (especially as a first time parent) how opinionated people are on names. There are some pitfalls to avoid so we have put together a list of 10 Things Not to Do when Choosing a Baby Name:
#1. Choosing a First Name that Doesn’t go with a Surname
You don’t want names that sound like stutters or tongue twisters. Check the length and rhythm of the first name combined with the surname.
#2. Not Spotting Those Hidden Landmines
My room mate at college had a boyfriend Andrew Ness which sounded reasonable until you read his shortened name A. Ness. Remember first names are often put in initial form and check the full initials of your child’s name too including their middle name to avoid any disastrous initial combinations like BLT (unless of course you are a big BLT fan!).
#3. Not Checking Alliteration
Be cautious of first names and surnames starting with the same letter. Often they sound like characters from a children’s nursery rhyme e.g. Peter Potter.
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#4. Not checking nicknames
Have a think about what your child’s nickname might be. Check that the shorter name or nickname works with the surname. Benjamin Dover sounds reasonable but Ben Dover ….
#5. Forgetting about Correcting
If you are thinking about picking an unusual or hard to spell name, remember your child will likely have to spell it all their life. My daughter Blythe always has to spell her name, but she is used to it now. Just something to be aware of that you may be landing them with life long spelling!