Give a name she/he will want to proudly live up to. Aspire to the qualities that you want in your child or else live with the consequences. Hope, Faith, Joy bring up different feelings than say Ice, Storm, Kermit, Temptress, or Lexus.
If you must fulfill a whimsical wish, give a middle name that the child can use at her/ his discretion as an adult. Luz Maria and Carlos also gave their baby a middle name: “When he grows up and wants to feel sexy, he can call himself Gael,” the new mom laughed, referring to the middle name the couple gave him that also happens to be the name of one of her favorite celebrities, Mexican hottie actor, Gael Garcia Bernal.
Choose a name filed with meaning. A name should have a story. Is it a beloved relative, the city where you fell in love, a family legacy or a favorite film or literary character? Many times the name will have more profound meaning for the child if it has a beautiful story attached.Other tips as shared by recent parents:
- Stay away from brand names—they go in and out of style.
- Check for misspelled names.
- Rethink the celebrity name. They come and go. Think about how popular the Kardashian’s will be in two years.
- Made up names will definitely be unique, but think hard, is it unique for unique’s sake?
- Stay away from rhyming names that will make it easy for other kids to pick on your child.
- Think of your last name. Does it match? Does it fall off the tongue well.
- Say the name out aloud, a lot. In Spanish. In English. Sometimes a name looks good on paper and sounds plain weird—in any lanugage.
- Spell it out. Is it long or complicated to spell? Think of your child mastering his/her name in pre-K.