“It may be your baby, but your baby has to live with the name for the rest of his or her life.”
Tip #1: Ease With Pronunciation
Listen to the vowels in the first, middle, and last name. Pay attention to the assonance and the cadence.
Example: Kaya McKenna Callahan has too many “k” sounds and too many “a” sounds.
Tip #2: Hard Sounds
Think about the sound compatibility between the first and last name. You don’t want to have a glottal stop.
Example: Jack Crane
Tip #3: Nicknames and Teasing
People are lazy. If a name has two syllables or more, people will almost always try to come up with a one-syllable nickname. So keep in mind that a nickname that is cute when your child is four might not be so cute when they are forty.
Even more charming, people often create the ever-humiliating “pun name”. They will take a perfectly lovely name like Felicity and turn it into a ‘Fellatio’ joke. (People always think they’re so clever.)
Example: I had a friend in Alexandria who named her son Hamilton Alexander. The name is chic when you say it in its entirety. He was nicknamed Ham, a situation made even worse by the fact that he was a chubby little boy.
Tip #4: Initials and Monograms
You probably don’t want A.S.S. or P.M.S. on stationary or luggage.
Tip #5: Alternative Spelling
It’s all the rage these days to spell popular names in alternative forms.
Example: Kelly spelled Kelli or Jacqueline spelled Jacklyn.
Your child will always be asked to spell out this alternative version. Life is short. Make things easy.
…that’s with an “s” 😉
Credits / Notes: For anyone who noticed, yes, I did use Eva LaRue’s daughter’s name, Kaya, in the Tip #1 example. I also borrowed the name “Jack Crane” from an episode of Frasier.