Naming a baby is obviously an important event since it affects the child for the rest of his or her life. Parents choose carefully for many reasons: they want their kid to have a strong name, a catchy title, a flowing sound with the surname, etc. The question is, how much power does a little one’s name have over their life if it's unusual? Will it affect self-esteem and self-image? What about the child’s social life? Will the name fit a boy or girl? These are real concerns that soon-to-be parents face everyday, so it needs to be addressed. This doesn't mean parents have to choose from the top 10 baby names so their kid fits in, nor do name meanings have to be wild and deep. However, In my personal experience, a person’s personality has much more affect on their life than their name, but a moniker does have significant influence.
A unique baby’s name will not ensure (or doom) a tiny tot to a certain kind of life, but there are plenty of examples of how a person’s title does match personality. For example, I have yet to see an athlete with the unique name Poindexter or a scientist named Billy Bob. This is not to say that it’s impossible, but it’s certainly not common. I have, however, found that there were seven girls born in 2000 named Dung. I can't imagine that's a good title to carry. One thing I have noticed, however, is that many confident and successful individuals were given unusual baby names instead of popular ones.
Before mom and dad sit down to figure out what to name their little one, they should consider how baby’s name will be used throughout his or her life. They should consider all the first impressions at social events, job interviews, and the day to day interactions of whatever work they do. If you give your son the unusual name Moonbeam, for instance, you probably aren’t the kind of parent to encourage law school, but what if your boy wants to be a lawyer? Can he join a firm with the title Moonbeam Smith esquire? Having a child that stands out is great, but don’t force your infant to stand out from day one; let it be something that they do on their own.
Grant Carroll is a husband, proud father and co-owner of Little Pampered Babies where parents will find an extensive guide for baby names with lots of tips on how to find unusual baby names . Come browse to find an updated list of the top 10 baby names .