A name for your baby

What should I look for in the name of my baby?

If you're looking for a first name for your baby, that's usually not an easy decision. A few criteria for the name may be quite obvious - he must please you and your partner - but other criteria may come to mind once the name has long been on the birth certificate. Whether a girl's name or boy's name, here are the most important tips to help you find the ideal name.

Sound

One of the most important criteria for the first name is the sound. What does the name sound like when pronounced out loud? Does he sound melodious? Or hard? How well does he fit well with your last name? It is often the case that longer first names are better suited to short last names and vice versa.

Unfavorable is the combination of a first name ending in a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) with a surname beginning with a vowel. So the names easily blur when pronouncing to a single name (""Lena Albers"" or ""Luca Aumüller"").

Also avoid first names that rhyme with the last name. And do not be fooled by puns: names like ""Niko Laus"" or ""Mark Ise"" may be funny for five minutes. But the poor kid has to carry him for a lifetime.

Uniqueness

An unusual name has the advantage that its name carrier is always something special. Claudia, for example, thinks today she should have found a more original name for her son, Luca, because that's the name of every second child at school. ""It took years for my son to really understand that his name was not 'Luca N.' is, ""she says.

On the other hand, a very unusual name can cause your child to get more attention than he'd like: if he has to correct his name for the correct pronunciation, if he has to spell it out all his life because of the unusual spelling - that can be annoying.

Balance: If you have an odd surname, then a simple first name is a good combination and vice versa. If your last name is Schmidt, it may be wise to give your son a slightly more upbeat name than, say, Peter. If the surname is Aytrivbsoan, then Peter may not be that bad, better than Archimedes anyway. If you want to know which first names in Germany have been particularly popular in recent years, take a look at our list of the most popular names in Germany.

Relatives and Friends

Many parents call their children after relatives like grandparents or a close friend. This variant opens a wide range of different names. Take polite suggestions from others - and think about it.

As long as you're not sure yourself, do not tell anyone which names to vote for, so no-one will make your ideas magical. Who likes which name is very subjective, so do not be persuaded by anyone to a name that you do not like. The deceased great-aunt Kunigunde may have been a nice person, but she does not have to live by the name anymore - her baby would have to, if you let yourself be persuaded to this first name.

Lineage and Family Tradition

Its heritage and country tradition make up an important part of your child's personality, and you may want to include that aspect in your choices. You may prefer certain names based on your religious affiliation, such as biblical names or Muslim names. Or there is a special naming tradition in her family, for example, that the firstborn is always called like the father. If you like a name that runs counter to such desired family traditions, consider using it as a middle name.

Meaning

Nobody will treat your daughter Gabrielle differently, just because her name means ""the heroine of God."" Nevertheless, the meaning of the name is perhaps something that you want to consider when choosing. After all, Little Leah will not be very happy when she finds out one day that her name means ""the tired one"".

Initials and Nicknames

People can be cruel when it comes to inventing nicknames - and children especially. So think carefully about your favorite names, whether they're practically provoking slurs. Arsene is a nice boy's name, but unfortunately the denigration is close.

Of course, you can not prevent some imaginative school kid from inventing a nickname you would never have come across. But you can at least exclude the obvious nickname. Also pay attention to initials of the name. Stefan Andreas Unger will probably have to take some taunts; Stefan Thomas Unger, however, not.

Remember, these are not binding rules. The most important criterion for a name is that it pleases you and your partner.

More Tips

If you are not sure what name you would like to have for your baby, try our first name A to Z tool, where you can choose from more than 12,000 names ,

Let's help you: Make a personal name survey, and let other BabyCenter pregnant women and mothers vote on your favorites.

Discuss in our community: join the name group.

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