I like grand, royal-sounding names and I love names like Alexander, Alexandra and Alexis. No fruit names like Apple and Cherrie for me, that's for sure. Some of my family friends name their children with the same initials (Melissa and Michelle).
I like names that are old-school and traditional. I like Henry, George, Charlotte etc even though they're quite common. With a common last name as well they can have some anonymity if they want it. It's the middle name that can be a little quirky and there are no issues!
One that you like the sound of and means a lot to you, whether that's for personal sentimental, spiritual or family reasons. While I'm all for creativity and non-conformity with name-giving, I also think that it's important that children aren't given a name that they'll get bullied for. Kids can be cruel and bullies always love to pick on someone who is a little different.
I think the best baby name is the one you choose for your child. I quite like the sound of names based on things from nature like Aurora, Willow, Summer, Reed and Ocean. However my own children have traditional old fashioned names.
Apple is pretty out there but I don't think Romeo or Harper are especially wild. Romeo is just an Italian name which has been in use for centuries. Harper's a surname that's become a first name, but less odd sounding than some of them, like say MacKenzie (which means "son of Kenzie" so using it as a girl's name seems really weird to me).
My own name is very common which annoyed me when I was at school and there were always multiple Jenny's in any class I was in, so I wanted my kids to have something a bit more unusual, though still fairly easy to pronounce and spell. We gave them both somewhat old fashioned names you don't hear much any more. I save crazy names for pets (eg. one of my hens is called Princess Layer).
I sat opposite a guy called Ole (he was a Swede in a Delegation and had a name tag on) on the train to the Sydney Olympics - and even though he looked like a middle aged accountant, he was laughing and joking around - which made me think, if you had that name, you would sort of be a good guy to be around...
Winston (Churchill). At least it will be easy to remember that way - take one look at a newborn and what does it remind you of?
But seriously, each to their own. I have my own views/preferences (like everyone) but choose not to express those because I don't think it's so important as to risk offending someone. Whatever I may think of a given name, if the people who apply it, and the person who receives it are happy, who am I to judge?
My friend once said: "All names are beautiful but no name is beautiful enough for your own child". I thought her comment reflected a mother's infinite love for her child.
I like names that are modern, short, easy to pronounce and the ones that cannot be made fun of.
Oh! What about 'Dr Donald MALLARD', nicknamed 'Ducky', on NCIS, played by David McCallum?
There was a quip in one of Series I episodes, where Jethro was asked who was 'Ducky' beforehand, & he replied 'Ilya Kuryakin'. I had to stop my VHS tape, I was laughing so much! Of course, the questioner didn't have a clue who Ilya was, but it was a nice nod to that fabulous old series, 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Just about any name is good as long it's something that he/she will not be mocked about. I've known some names (given and surnames) that would've really made them feel ashamed amidst their peers.
It matters a lot to kids that they shouldn't be mocked for anything, especially not their names because it sticks with them throughout their life or at least until they're 18, when they can legally change name. Some of these examples may mean good / holy things in their religion but amongst a crowd, they do bring up jeers e.g. Hardik, Dikshit, Dick, Badcock (yes, google Mark Badcock if you don't believe me), Longbottom, Gaylord, Osama (notorious, eh?)
For this reason alone, I think parents should do some level of research before bestowing their kids with beautiful names or punishment-for-life!
Just after posting my comment, happened to read this:
There is a Zulu tradition to name children after events that occur near their birth - fair enough. However, Will and Guy pity these poor children who have been given these unfortunate names following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Coach Sibise, Stadium Gumbi, Tickets Ngubane, Kick-off Shabalala Red-card Mbatha and Park n Ride Khumalo. We also wonder about the father of Offside Mchunu and the mother of Substitute Shandu!
I think it's important to focus on this in a responsible way. Give the question time so the name comes to you rather than getting carried away being creative or unique. We are all unique and no one needs a weird name just to prove it. Also, names can tend to have certain characteristics, just ask a school teacher.
Yes, all the 'made-up' & 'out there' names, will come home to roost in about 30-50 years' time.
The above can be psychologically damaging, but many of those who've do so to their children, will be able to afford Psych. fees, as they very wealthy!
It is useful to look up a website that lists names bogans call their babies and avoid MOST of them like the plague. Unfortunately some ignoramuses have hijacked thelist by adding some traditional names or ones from other countries through sheer lack of general knowledge.
Totally agree, Gia. I feel it's because some people have great insecurity complexes, & feel ' safer, more confident' with way-out names for their kids.
It's well known persons of both stage & screen are some of the least confident persons' around!
What a lot of interesting comments.
In choosing a first name the surname and initials are important too ...i.e I. PULHAM (a dentist ...first name Ian.)
S.O.D ...Suzie Olivier Denham
We were going to name a son Lawrence but call him Laurie until my two year old daughter touching my large bump said ..." Whens my brother van coming". So we thought again and he's christened James but called Jamie whilst a child.
My 3 girs all have uncommon names (at least they were very uncommon when named) and enen now not heard that often. I was toying with calling any more girls I had Fern or Skye but you really need to look at the child to see if the name suits them once born. For example, my last one was almost 12lbs so Fern just wouldn't have suited.
At the moment, I really like Cora because of Alexandrea Owens-Sarno who played Cora on the Titanic. Not sure about the spelling though. Perhaps we'd have to Greek it up and spell it 'Khora', though I'm not keen on the meanings of this one.