Choosing The Best Baby Name

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Most parents want to choose the best baby name possible. They may spend hours pouring over lists of popular names or searching for unusual ones. Here are a few suggestions for those of you that are currently trying to make a decision about your child's name.

Make Sure It Sounds Good With Your Surname

You can do that by saying what will be your child's full name out loud and listening to the way it sounds. Is it difficult to say? Are there too many syllables?

You may want to avoid rhymes and words that sound too much alike. For example, Mark Clark and Jack Jackson are easy to remember, but could cause problems for your child in the future, both on the playground and in the workplace.

You might also want to avoid a first name that begins with the same letter as the surname. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it may backfire. What's most important is that you like the way it sounds, because you will be saying it a lot. Use common sense and let your ears be your guide.

What About Unique Spellings?

Unique spellings can add interest, but they can also cause problems. Teachers may consistently spell the child's name incorrectly, which can be frustrating to the child.

On the other hand, there are hundreds of baby names that can be spelled differently and have been spelled in a variety of ways throughout history. Katherine, Catherine and Kathryn are examples.

All you can really do is choose the spelling that you like. People can misspell anything.

Is It A Boy Or A Girl?

Many of today's most popular choices are crossovers. They can be used by either males or females. Taylor and Tyler are examples. You might want something more specific, just so you are not constantly answering whether your child is a boy or a girl.

Popular Or Not?

Every year, a large number of parents seem to end up choosing the same baby names. In some cases, it seems to be a simple coincidence. Taylor and Tyler are again examples. They became very popular very quickly, seemingly for no reason around the early 1990s.

In other cases, the popularity has to do with someone famous. Around the early 1980s, the name Marcus became very popular for boys, primarily because of the football player Marcus Allen.

It can be very confusing for everyone when kids that are named the same end up in the same schools or even in the same grade. It happens more often than you might think. So, you might want to avoid a baby name that is very popular this year, just to avoid confusion in years to come.