Top 10 Baby Name Tips Parents Want To Hear

There are two types of parents seeking baby name advice, those genuinely wanting advice and those looking for validation. Here are 10 baby name tips some parents want to hear:

  1. If you insist on Samuel, no one will ever call your baby Sam.
  2. Sure, Aunt Hildegard will feel honored if you name your daughter Hannah after her.
  3. Of course your In-laws will understand if you break a naming tradition going back five generations.
  4. No, people won’t have problems with the silent K.
  5. No, people won’t have problems with an apostrophe ( ‘ ) in place of the H.
  6. No one will laugh if you name your little one Sherwin (last name Williams).
  7. Brutus is cute and quirky on a girl.
  8. Naming your son Attorney won’t imply any expectations.
  9. Your daughter will take a married name anyway, who cares if the first and last name don’t go together?
  10. You will find that name that pleases you, your partner, your parents, your siblings, your in-laws, your grandparents, your best friend, your coworkers, your hairdresser, and your local Wal-Mart greeter.

Are there any other baby name tips parents want to hear?

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  1. (I had to look up what was wrong with Sherwin Williams).

    Here’s some real-life examples I’ve seen:

    1. Everyone will think it’s cute if you call your twins Summer and Winter (middle names: Autumn and Spring)

    2. You should name your baby after the place it was conceived, and make sure the child and in fact everyone knows that as it makes it more special (thanks Posh and Becks)

    3. Organza-Shimmy is an unusual name, but eventually everyone will get used to it and love it and it will seem normal after that.

    4. Danger as a middle name is fresh and original, and the joke will be funny forever.

    5. It’s fine to call one son John and the other Jon, or one daughter Isabella and the next Bella.

    • I was concerned people outside the U.S. wouldn’t get Sherwin Williams. I know of real-life examples that are more amusing and more universally understood than Sherwin Williams, but I was afraid to get too true-to-life even though most of my list came from life experience.

      I love #2! I can’t believe they did that to the poor kid!

      • For privacy reasons, a couple of mine are fictionalised, but the real names are no less strange.

        4 and 5 are basically taken straight from RL, as these situations have occurred many times.

        #2 is a situation which is often quoted in newspaper interviews, and in baby name forums.

  2. Even if you use a popular name, chances are your child won’t share it.

    While this is statistically true – neither of my kids has ever had a Jacob, Emma, or Emily in their classes – it omits one very critical fact. The people you spend the most time with are likely to have similar taste in names, and so chances are that names will repeat among your circle of friends. That’s a tough one to think through, but it is the reason we see one friend miffed that her BFF “stole” Ava.

    • That’s a good point. Name trends are often localized. I used to think any name in the top 100 was popular, but there are some top 100 names that I have never seen on a baby or young kid in my town. Technically, Jennifer, at #64 the year my daughter was born (2007), is more popular among my daughter’s peers then her name Fiona, #352 in 2007. But I hear Fiona a few times on girls under 5 and have yet to meet a Jennifer under 5. Of course while Fiona has risen almost 100 spots since she was born, Jennifer continues to decline.

      • One of my daughters has a name that is somewhat popular overall, but really popular here in the DC/MD area.

      • I’m also in DC, and you’d think the only option for toddler girls here is Sophia, Sadie, Olivia, or Emily.

        On the other hand, I’ve yet to see an in-the-flesh Nevaeh.

        • I have yet to meet a real-life Nevaeh either. Although I did meet a little girl at the park a year ago who was called “Niv-ay.” I had wondered if her name was spelled Nevaeh, but I always thought Nevaeh was pronounced like Nivea, the hand cream. Personally I think Nivea is a much better spelling.

    • I almost went and added a comment about name popularity! People are ALWAYS saying that names in the Top 20 etc are “extremely rare”, because they don’t know anyone with that name – because they don’t know anyone under the age of four.

      The classic I see on name forums is someone saying, “No, Mason isn’t common at all; I teach high school Geography, and in 40 years I’ve never had a student named Mason. I think it sounds like a unique name”.

  3. 1) Naming a child with another person is an easy, rational process.
    2. No your twins won’t silently grit their teeth if you name them Carrie and Mary or Michael and Michelle.
    3. Your children’s future classmates won’t use Google (or the equivalent) to find out the obscene meanings of the name in foreign languages and then use it for teasing.

    • Hah! I know from experience #1 is not true. Neither my husband or I are rational!

      • Me too!! My ex-husband and I got into some NASTY fights about baby names (and since he bailed when she was 4 months old and hasn’t seen her since, I sometimes wonder why I listened to him as much!) The worst part? He vetoed pretty much every name I suggested and when I asked him what names he liked, his response was “I dunno, haven’t thought about it that much.”. That after the 15th name I’d suggested that he’d shot down.

        • That story sounds very similar to what I experienced naming my second. When I asked him for suggestions, he would come up with like one name, that I didn’t like. For the first kid he was a lot more agreeable.


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