Want to give your child the best identity–the name that they will cherished for the rest of their lives? I guess this will be a simple YES, mainly because a child often grows up changing his or her name from Robert to Rob, Sicilia to Alia and so forth. Here are a few tips to make your child keep the name that you or your parents gave.
- Don’t go by traditions. Go by contemporary rules. Many times your parents and grandparents will tell you or give names that has been a tradition with your family. I have had many friends who feel shy being called by their real names like Morning Star, Good Friday Jackson, etc.
- Research and don’t just pick up that Biblical name:- There is a tendency among Christians and Muslims that their new born will have to have the first name from the Bible or Quran. This is insane. Most of the time a child is ridicule in schools and colleges by mates for having the ‘wrong’ names. Don’t name your child as Rahab just because you hear a preacher talking about it or don’t name him Mohamad or even Jesus.
- Make sure the name means dignified, not funny:- I have seen people with so many funny names on their birth certificates and writing simpler or adopting different names from their original names just to avoid people from making fun of them. Your child name must never be funny like Bean Cook, Rosy Black, etc. It is always better to keep the first and last name poles apart. Imagine someone calling you or or child Mrs Rosy Black! or Mr Bean Cook.
- Don’t try to be over creative:- Some people go for the overdrive and most of the time it backfires. Don’t ever try difficult to spell or pronounced names. It should be short sweet and simple. Imagine your child can’t spell her name correctly even by the 10th standard or even worse is when someone can’t write down your name at three shots.
- Consult and take the best:- Discuss it with your parents, spouse and grandparents. This will prevent blaming each other for giving a ‘wrong’ name to your kid. The best would be consulting your spouse. If you both give a name to your child then you’ll both developed a sense of bonding with your son/daughter even more. There is a saying that “two heads are better than one” and this applies here as well.