For some people picking a name for your child can be an agonising process, especially if you and your partner have different tastes in names. Other parents know from the outset exactly what they are going to call their children. If you are in the former category then there are many places from which you can draw inspiration for choosing your new babies name. One of the first and most important things to remember is not to worry about it. Being pregnant, you need to avoid all stress and be as relaxed as possible. Also, you shouldn’t compare yourself to your friends and relatives. Just because your sister or best friend found a name immediately it doesn’t mean that you have to. A lot of couples don’t finally decide on a name until the baby is born.
This is a tradition that is dying out a little bit now but you could look to the names of people in your family for inspiration. There once was a time when boys took the name of their fathers and grandfathers but girls the name of their mothers and other female relations. Nowadays this is only usually the case if the soon to be parent has a special wish of honouring a special family member of remember one that has passed away.
Celebrity culture probably has the biggest impact on baby names in our society. Whenever there is a hugely popular celeb there is also a surge in infants being named after them. This is also the case with celebrity babies no matter how weird and wacky their choice of name is. David and Victoria Beckham made the name Brooklyn popular, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin raised the popularity of the name Apple and Courteney and David Arquette gave us a surge in the name Coco.
Literature & Movies
Many parents have a favourite literary character and so choose to call their children after them. Myleene Klass called her newest daughter ‘Hero’ after the main heroine in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Think Harry (Potter), Dorien (Grey), Beth (March) and so on. Classic authors such as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen have given us some of the most popular names in history.
There are many places to look to for baby name inspiration but it really just comes down to personal taste. You will find yourself analysing names you hear on TV, the radio and in the newspaper and seein if you like the sound of them!