What many parents seem to forget when naming a child is that they also must choose a middle name for their babies. This is a very important step in the process in which a child is named.
A middle name not only adds to the personal identity of a person but it also gives them another term that people can refer to them as.
This is highly useful when a person finds he or she has the same first name as someone else, as the middle name will almost assuredly be different.
This article should help guide new parents into choosing the best middle name for their newborn child!
To start out with, middle names can be the same as a father or mother’s name. While it is usually not a good idea to name a child the second in line of a name his or her father or mother had, it is a completely different story with middle names.
Many cultures and religions only have middle names in which the parent’s name is used, so it is quite common to see this happen. This middle name, however, is not the best choice and should only be used if it is tradition or if there are really no better options available.
Another way of choosing a middle name is by finding a close friend or relative and giving the child their first name as a middle name. Many times parents will use the godparent’s name as the middle name.
It also makes sense to honor someone who has helped parents face and overcome struggles in life by naming a child, at least partially, after this person. And of course, if a close one has passed away recently then their first name is a good candidate for a middle name as well.
For parents who want to name their child something extravagant or weird, like “Strawberry” or “Jelly,” it is harmful and a bad decision to do so with the first name.
But, again, this unorthodox name can be used as a middle name. For starters, no one close to the child really has to know or refer to them by their middle name most of the time, making an embarrassing choice okay in this regard.
And if a parent is just dead-set on using a weird name, then it is, of course, better to use it as a middle name than a first name which identifies a child for life.
Naming a child, first or middle, is a long process in which two parents, usually, debate amongst each other and swap ideas. Each name should be carefully thought out and planned for because a child is going to have to, unless he or she changes their name, live with these names for the rest of their lives.
The middle name is an important addition to any person’s name and should not be pushed aside until the very end. It should get just as much consideration as the first name. And parents remember, the middle name is the one that you can have fun with!
While looking into search patterns I stumbled upon the fact that parents to be or other people that has an interest in baby names are divided into major groups. Nothing special about the fact that people belong to different groups but this one shows a trend that has been gaining strength for the last 5-10 years.
On one side we have the parents that are searching for phrases like “top 100 baby names”, “top ten baby names”, “popular baby names” etc. All of these phrases have in common that the surfer is looking for what everyone else is naming their baby.
Now don’t get me wrong… There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to call your baby a commonly used name. There can many reasons for wanting to name your baby boy or baby girl the same name like most other kids.
A reason could be that you want the baby to be socially accepted when he or she grows up and starts playing with other children.
Another reason would be that it might be easier for the baby to get called in for a job interview and maybe even get the job. It can be a tradition in the family to name the babies the name that ranks number 1 in the previous year.
There can be a lot of reasons for naming a baby after the majority of the babies born in that time period. This is not the part that got my attention.
What got my attention was that on the other side there is a similarly large group of parents that are looking for the exact opposite. They are searching for phrases like “unusual baby names”, odd baby names”, unique baby names” etc.
Again the reasons for wanting an unusual baby name can be many and I can only guess what they might be but from what is happening in society I think that some of the most obvious reasons are these:
You want to show the outside world that your baby is something special. By giving your child a name that only a few people carry then you have made them special.
They now have a name that will (probably) be easier for other people to remember because of the fact that they haven’t heard the name before.
A second reason can be that it has become a trend to name your child a unique name. Over the years this trend has been increasing and like with the common name a special name can now apply for status as well.
Why people are divided into these categories no one knows. There is naturally still the third category left and that are the ones searching for neutral baby names.
It is hard to say anything specific about these search patterns but it is a fact that they exist and there is nothing right or wrong no matter what category you might fall into.