Naming The Newbie

You Named me what?

Choosing the perfect name for your new baby is one of the first really important decisions you make as a parent, after all a name stays with you forever!

Names can determine how you experience life – it can immediately make you the focus of teasing and being made fun of – or it can mean you are instantly interesting and popular.

Some names are chosen because of the way they sound or are spelt, others because of their meanings.

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When choosing our new baby’s name there were a number of things that we felt were important to take into consideration;

  • Firstly how the name sounds and how easy is it to pronounce.
  • Next any abbreviations that the name is likely to get, so any potentially irksome or embarrassing nicknames ┬ácan be avoided.
  • Any meanings the name has and are the qualities I would like my child to have.
  • How the name fitted in along with my other children’s names – their names are all short and spelt in their simplest form.
  • Something a bit different – when checking out the list of most popular baby names we tend to lean more towards the less popular names – my baby is special to me and I want their name to reflect this.
  • The final consideration for my family was that it was a neutral name, living in Northern Ireland people immediately associate certain names with religious and political implications. As my partner and I are from differing religious backgrounds we didn’t want our children to be singled out as being from one particular background or culture.

Narrowing our options down to a select few names before the birth of our newest baby, we had three possible girl’s names and three boy’s names.

Usually as soon as I see my newborn baby I immediately know what I will call them, but this time we were at a loss as to which boy’s name we should choose!

After two days of trying it out we both agreed on Max, from the Latin meaning ‘greatest’.

I really love the name Max: I don’t know anyone else called it, it’s short, it’s easy to spell and easy to pronounce.

It suits him perfectly and fits in well with my other children’s names too!

 

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