When it comes to naming your child, some people (especially celebrities), think it is perfectly acceptable to name their child the first thing that comes to mind. A lot of times, these names are bizarre to say the very least and although there probably is not any other child out there named “Pilot Inspektor” or “North West”, setting your child’s name apart from the rest is not always a good thing.
While “eccentric” is certainly in these days, keep in mind that children (especially teenagers) can be cruel and will make fun of each other over the smallest things as they grow older. Teens are always looking for ways to bully each other and having an unusual name is just extra fuel for the fire. So while you might think that the name is “cool” and “trendy”, your child’s classmates may not and decide that it is perfectly acceptable to belittle your little angel because he or she has a strange name.
Obviously, this can be detrimental to your child. So, when trying to pick a name for your child, keep in mind what his or her peers might say at a later age!
So, how do you give your child an original name that will not cause him or her lots of bullying? Lots of sites online publish the most popular and least popular names of the current year. You can pick names from here that are not as common, which sets your child apart from the rest without drawing negative attention or giving ruthless peers something to use in their bully arsenal.
Also, keep initials in mind. Amanda Sandra Smith might sound absolutely adorable, but keep in mind what the initials spell out. Definitely NOT a good way to start your child’s high school years!
Keep in mind how the first name and last name sound together. Mike Hunt is definitely not going to garner a lot of positive attention for your child, so practice saying the name aloud. Also, think of any embarrassing nicknames that might arise because of a person’s name. For example, Richards are often called Dick. Although this was acceptable 20 years ago, kids these days will probably have a good laugh at the expense of your child. So if Uncle Richard keeps insisting that you name your child after him, kindly explain this! After all, school can be difficult enough; you do not need to make it any harder on your child!