Here are 7 things important considerations to take into account:
1. What does the middle name mean?
A middle name with meaning is always more powerful than without, especially if that meaning is personal to you and your family.
For example, you could have a middle name that reminds you of your heritage or a tradition that’s unique to you and your family.
Middle names should always be tested thoroughly, just as you would when selecting a first name.
Parents need to put more attention in selecting middle names.
Pairing a baby’s middle name with a unique meaning is the perfect way to connect your new baby to a special tradition.
2. Do the names fit together?
Probably the most significant part of naming your child is how the name all sounds together. The first, middle, and last names should fit correctly together.
How well do the first, middle and last names fit together?
Try to avoid names that rhyme or are very similar, as this may become a slight inconvenience as your child matures into an adult.
Hint: Try to keep your chosen middle name short, (one or two syllables) as this tends to fit better with most first names.
3. Practice saying the names out loud.
A baby’s name on paper can sound dramatically different to the way it sounds when you say each name out loud. You may find that it doesn’t sound the way it looks.
4. Don’t be too quick to pick the first name you find
The perfect name sometimes takes time. Look at a variety of names before you make your decision. Remember, it can be tricky to change a name once it’s registered, so try to take as much time as possible to avoid any regrets in the future.
5. Do you need to stick to a family tradition?
Some families have distinctive practices they use to name their firstborn.
For example, in England, in the 18th and 19th centuries: the first son was named after the father’s father.
Do you need to stick to a traditional custom? If not, feel free to form your own!
6. Take into account your baby’s full initials
You may want to avoid any initials that form popular but unintended acronyms.
This can be an unintended consequence, so write down your baby’s full name and check to see that their initials don’t sound or look bizarre.
7. Celebrate your heritage (or create your tradition)
A child’s middle name is a great way to celebrate your family heritage or even begin a new one.
You could be remembering a loved one that is no longer here or prefer to stake your claim in a new tradition that’s unique to you.
Middle names are special, and as they are gender-neutral can be the perfect place to incorporate both male or female family members.
8. Don’t just stick to one middle name
If you have more than one middle name you love and can’t choose between, add them both!
Multiple middle names are very popular across the globe and are the perfect way to keep both parents happy if you are spoilt for choice.
Iesha is a loving mother of 2 beautiful children. She’s an active parent who enjoys indoor and outdoor adventures with her family. Her mission is to share practical and realistic parenting advice to help the parenting community becoming stronger.
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Iesha is a loving mother of 2 beautiful children. She's an active parent who enjoys indoor and outdoor adventures with her family. Her mission is to share practical and realistic parenting advice to help the parenting community becoming stronger.