Skip to main content
Baby Corner logo
Login | Sign Up

Baby Naming Tips and Considerations

Teri Hanson


Choosing the name for your baby will probably be one of the most important, exciting and fun things you will do during your pregnancy. Throughout the pregnancy, many hours will be spent on choosing the baby's name. Friends, relatives, and even strangers will give you their opinions. You will probably consider many names and name combinations before you finally come to a decision. The following are considerations and tips that will help to get you started to find the perfect name for your baby.

Consider what the baby's surname will be. Does the first name you have chosen go well with the surname? Do the names sound good together when said out loud?

Consider what the initials will spell out when first, middle and surname are initialized and avoid unpleasant initials. For example, Robert Allen Thomas when initialized spells RAT. Think about possible teasing from other children as your child grows up.

Some expectant parents feel the need and/or pressure from family members to use precedent family names. Family names are great and give your baby a rich heritage, but if you do not care for the name and the name is not what you want to call the child, consider using the family name as a middle name, or plan to call the child by the middle name of your choice.

Remember that children must live with the name you choose for them the rest of their lives, so while unique names and spellings are very interesting and favorable, consider the fact that the child could always have their name mispronounced or misspelled. This can be very frustrating for a child. Consider names that are of ethnic origin. They don't even have to be your own ethnic origin. Ethnic names sound beautiful and are very unique. Choose a name based upon it's meaning. Sometimes the meaning of a name can steer you away from the name, or draw you closer to it. Positive meanings are your best guide. You can find many possibilities for baby names, their meanings and their origins at

Consider the possible nicknames that could arise from your baby's name. Do you like the nicknames that could possibly be derived from it?

Say the entire name out loud many times. Does it sound right? Does it rhyme? If it rhymes, does the rhyme sound good?

Consider popularity. Names that are popular today, may not be popular 20 years from now when your child is 20. Consider the trendiness of the name today.

If you are stuck on 2 names, consider combining the two. An example: If you are stuck on Carla and Leigh, consider combining the two names to form Carly (or Carleigh)

If you are going to use a suffix, for example, John Charles Carter, III, you may want to consider calling the baby by his middle name (Charles) if there are other family members already being called John, or consider calling the baby by his initials, such as J.C. This will help to avoid confusion.

Above all else, this is the name that YOU choose and are proud of, so choose what YOU like.

Baby Namer

Article copyright, 2000 by Teri Hanson of Visit for baby names, meanings, origins, baby freebies and coupons. Subscribe to their free newsletter for freebie and site updates and parenting information.

Related Articles

2013 Baby Naming Trends

Tips for Buying a Stroller

15 Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs During Pregnancy

Pregnant and Unemployed: Tips to Land a Job While Pregnant

Who Will Your Baby Look Like?


Be the first to add your comment, or ask a question.

Add Comment

You are commenting as .

Pregnancy Week by Week Personalized For You
See how your baby grows each week throughout your pregnancy with advice and tips for what to expect.

Enter Your Due Date

Pregnancy Week by Week

Not sure of your due date? Find out with our due date calculator.

New Today at Baby Corner

Pregnancy Community