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What's In A Name? Making Sure That You Name Your Baby Wisely

Harwood E Woodpecker

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Having a baby is a joyous occasion for all parents but with this joy is a certain amount of stress and trepidation. With so many things to arrange before the birth as well as continuing with your normal life it could be easy not to dwell on any of the finer details that need to be sorted before the birth of your baby.

Ensuring that your new baby has a settled and stable home to come to is as important as it gets, any parent will agree that when their baby comes into the world the most that they can ever ask for is that their baby is healthy and safe. You can only do so much to ensure that the baby is healthy when it is born but you can do more to ensure that the baby is safe. These are some of the more stressful things that a parent needs to concern themselves with before the birth of the baby, but not all things have to be as daunting as worrisome as these.

Choosing a name for your baby has got to be one of the more enjoyable tasks that a parent has to look forward to, but even this can be filled with a certain amount of concern. What's in a name? Many people have asked this over time and I suppose it is a valid question but time and time again in life we come across people with certain names that fit into a stereotype.

I know that it is hard to believe that a name can mold the way a person develops in their life but studies have found that people with certain baby names do tend to fall into a specific lifestyle when they get older. I'm not going to go through these names now as I would hate to offend anyone, because as with everything in life there is always an exception to the rule.

When naming your baby you have four name categories to choose from, traditional biblical, national traditional, fashionable and basic. Over the years the traditional biblical names such as John, Joseph, Mary, and Peter etc have always retained their popularity and never seem to either go out of fashion or grow old, such as many nationally traditional names such as Albert, Frederick and Tristan which have all dated over the years and are very seldom used in today's modern society.

Fashionable names are a difficult one to study as the giving of the name is so subjective to the parent and the world they live in. Fashionable baby names are exactly that, a fashion accessory and should be treated in the same way as a pair of new fashionable trousers, unless you intend wearing the trousers for the rest of your life then you should not give a baby a fashionable name that they will have to live with for the rest of their born days. I find that this explanation tends to convince parents of the wisdom not to give a traditional name to their baby.

The reality of the situation is whether one name is enough for your baby, dare you even start to think about middle names? Finally we have the basic name category; these tend to be names like Jason, Kevin and Lionel. It is very difficult to go wrong when giving your child a name from this category but at the same time they are very rarely names that stick in the memory of people, but generally these names are steady away without giving your child any undue heartache or embarrassment as they grow older.

So when it comes to choosing the name for your new baby why not relax, open up a baby name book or two and try to make the first correct decision in the life of your new baby.

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