Naming your new baby can be one of the most difficult tasks of pregnancy.  Everyone has their own suggestions, but at the end of it all it is up to you and your husband as parents to decide.

Here are some factors most people consider when choosing a good name:

–  Sound and compatibility.  How do the baby names sound together?  Is there a definite rhythm or flow to the name?  is there a sing-songiness that you might want to avoid?

–  Uniqueness.  Many people want their children to have a name that stands out from the crowd.  This can be done by an alternate spelling or even by inventing your own name!

–  Honor naming.  You may wish to name your baby in honor of a relative or friend.  Many people choose the middle name for this task.

–  Ancestry and heritage.  You may wish to give your son your husband’s name;  it may even be the same name of the first-born male in the family for several generations.  Many times people choose to use mom’s maiden name as the child’s middle name.

–  Meaning.  Each name has a meaning.  Robert, for example, means "shining fame."  Stockard, on the other hand, means "from the yard of tree stumps."  You may select a name based on its meaning.

–  Initials and nicknames.  Be aware of how other children may one day turn your child’s name into a derogatory term.

Remember, none of these are hard rules. The most important criterion for a name is simply that you and your partner like it.

Finally, here are some popular names from the last century or so:

Top 10 Baby Names of 2004

Girls’ Names

Emma

Madison

Emily

Kaitlyn

Hailey

Olivia

Isabella

Hannah

Sarah

Abigail

 

Boys’ Names

Jacob

Aidan

Ethan

Ryan

Matthew

Michael

Tyler

Joshua

Nicholas

Connor

 

1970’s Most Popular Names

Girls’ Names

Jennifer

Lisa

Kimberly

Michelle

Angela

Maria

Amy

Melissa

Mary

Tracy

Boys’ Names

Michael

David

John

James

Robert

Christopher

William

Mark

Richard

Brian

1880’s Most Popular Names

Girls’ Names

Mary

Anna

Elizabeth

Margaret

Minnie

Emma

Martha

Alice

Marie

Annie, Sarah

Boys’ Names

John

William

Charles

George

James

Joseph

Frank

Henry

Thomas

Harry

Naming your baby