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What’s in a name?

Figuring out what to name your child can be tough, especially if you and your partner disagree. Let’s find a name you both love.
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Maybe you’ve known what you were going to name your future children since you were six, but maybe your husband has, too. Or maybe you both have ideas but you just can’t agree. How is this baby ever going to get named?

First, get yourself a nice, big baby name book or find a website that lets you browse through long lists of names. Take turns writing down all the names you don’t hate, and then make two separate top ten lists of your favorite names.

Are there any names that appear on both lists? If not, are there any names on each other’s list that you could live with or would consider as a middle name? Do any of your favorite names have anything in common, like certain letters, sounds or ethnic origins?

When you have some strong contenders, take each name and try it on for style. Imagine your future baby in a shirt with the name printed on it. Think of your child having to learn to write his or her name in kindergarten, and the hundreds and thousands of times he or she will have to write the name in life. Consider the nicknames that are associated with the name: Anything unflattering or that you just don’t like the sound of?

Finally, if you simply can’t agree, can you compromise? If your husband has wanted a “junior” his entire life and will be eternally resentful if he doesn’t get his way, maybe you can pick the nickname that the child will be called. Or if there’s a name you really have your heart set on, offer to let your partner name the next one.

Sandy & Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by A name is really important. It will make first impressions to people whether you like it or not. Jessica Simpson naming her little girl Maxwell is horrible. Im sure she will have tongo by Maxi or something else because that conotates a maxi pad. May 12, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I never really considered trying to "project" my baby's name into the future to see if it would still fit. I wonder if the parents out there who named their children "Facebook" or "Bieber" will be proud to have started a trend or will have children who resent them their whole lives. My partner and I also compromised based on the fact that our baby will assume his family name even though we are not married. In that case, the child will probably assume a middle name of my choosing and we will try to agree on the first name. May 4, 2012
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