I think naming a baby is more confusing than understanding why is he crying for no reason? Hi, I’m Sapana. I am sure you know my name’s pronunciation. But when I was living in Japan, my Japanese friends used to call me ‘Saa-paa-naa’ instead of ‘Sapna’. It was still much better than the other Indian names pronounced by the Japanese. This weird experience taught me certain lessons, whose morals I followed while naming my two boys. See how I shortlisted such Hindu baby names for them, which even firangis could pronounce.
Before you start, think of these tips to be addends. This means, when you finalise your baby’s name, use these tips as pointers.
1.] Name Having Meaning
Imagine, how kids with names like Honey, Pinky, Moon, and Sweetie, etc. would explain their name’s meaning to others. Look for a name that has depth in its meaning. That’s when your child will be proud of possessing a thoughtful name. This is the reason I chose such names for my kids, whose meanings are amazing.
Even the word ‘candy’ has a meaning. But think for yourself, does it sound like a ‘human’ name to you? Keep pop stars out of this, please. Hence, you should go for a name whose meaning has an importance.
2.] Easy to Pronounce
I chose my babies’ names, supposing that one day they will travel the world.
A name’s pronunciation should be easy-peasy. That’s because people having different accents will then be able to speak it, the right way.
Many film stars change their birth names after getting into the industry. Why? That’s because they find their names, hard to pronounce for others. No kidding, our new gen is visionary and smart, as well.
Last year, a mother from Maryland, US, appeared on various news sources after changing her daughter’s name. She and her husband first liked the name Otillie but then they switched it to Margot. She did so, as many of her relatives and friends, weren’t able to pronounce it.
Carrie, Margot’s mother, then carried out a huge e-mail drive to inform everyone about this change. She said she did this to save herself from the pains of numerous re-introductions!
3.] Unique but Not Funny
In a class where names of two-three students are the same, teachers usually address them by their surnames to avoid confusions. Hence, don’t search for a popular name. Since such a name is not rare. Remember the rule: Something that’s rare always stays precious.
To avoid confusion and to save time, think of a relevant word that you believe, will suit him the best. Suppose the word ‘strong’ comes in your mind. Then you can search the internet names which mean strong.
Some parents also decide to find a name which belongs to or somehow relates to the child’s forefather’s name. If his ancestor’s name is long, you could modify some of its letters. Or you could keep a name whose meaning is same as his forefather’s name.
Many parents combine initial letters of their respective names. In this manner, you can give your child a unique and interesting name.
In the end, I will suggest to you how to choose a name which is simple yet striking.
4.] Blooming under Sanskrit’s roots
Both Hindi and English names of our country i.e. ‘Bharat’ and ‘India’ relate closely to Sanskrit. Various Indian languages like Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, and Marathi, etc. have so many words whose origin lies in Sanskrit.
Sanskrit is a beautiful, ancient language of India. It actually has the potential to give you meaningful, powerful yet sweet sounding names for your baby. If you research, you will come across many such words that will make for charming baby names. I know as I have done the same.
5.] Length: Small is Better
Small names sound stylish plus they are easy to remember. Avoid long names as they can be broken into parts. Such broken parts then turn into nicknames. But aren’t nicknames given to those, whom we love? With babies having long names, people get another reason to nickname them.
Evidently, they then strive to recall his original name. All this happens, when due to constant usage, a child’s nickname rests on the tip of their tongues. This way all your efforts, for finding a distinctive name will get wasted. Since nobody will ever use it, his name will stay on the records only!
Tip: Do a quick research on Google, for checking the meaning of your chosen name, in other languages. Like for instance: Ira in Hindi means Earth or Goddess Saraswati. In Hebrew it means watchful. In Greek, it’s a short name for Greek Goddess of Peace named, Eirene. In this manner, internet can help you a lot.
Now in India, there are Baby Naming Consultants, who help you find a name, as per the tips above. You are going to present your baby a ‘lifetime gift’. And a gift ought to be good, right!
Author Bio: Sapana is a mom of 2 and a WAHM. She runs her blog www.gomama247.com. She likes to write about Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Baby health and also Unique Baby Names.
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