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Choosing A Baby Name With Personal Meaning

choosing a baby name with personal meaning

Choosing a baby name can be one of the most difficult and time-consuming tasks of becoming a parent. To help you on your journey to find that perfect baby name, be it a first or middle name, here are six ideas to assist you along the way to choosing the perfect baby name!

Family name - Choosing to name your baby after a favorite aunt, uncle, grandparent or another family member can be a great way to remember loved ones who have passed or letting someone still alive know just how much they mean to you.

If you’re looking for a baby name attached to your family’s legacy scour family records for a relative who did something great in their lives or made a significant impact in their community.

Geographical name - If you and your spouse have a special country you’ve visited, perhaps on your honeymoon or a favorite vacation destination, consider choosing a name from that country. Often, other countries have a different spelling or slight variation from an English name.

Another variation of choosing a geographically specific baby name is choosing a name that has significance in a specific country, like Marianne in France, which is a personification of liberty and reason, and a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty.

Name with special meaning - Find a name whose meaning is special to you. There are many sites out there. A few good ones are babble.com, nameberry.com, and babynamewizard.com. Look at names that mean brave, caring or another quality you value.

A significant person in your life - If there’s been a mentor, teacher or someone else who's had a significant impact in your life, naming a child after them can be a very special way of honoring them and letting them know how dear they are to you.

Name your baby after an accomplished historical individual - Consider picking a religious person, a national hero, or athlete that has a special meaning to you or whose story inspires you.

Choose a name based on a favorite fictional character - If you go this route make sure you choose a name that you’ll still find meaningful twenty years from now, and that won’t get your child ridiculed in school.