Like many aspects of parenting, choosing a name for your baby boy is both a great joy and a huge responsibility. Your son's name will accompany him for the rest of his life, and it can be hard to choose a name that is just right for someone you haven't officially met. As you discuss your top picks with your partner and peruse popular names like the ones in this list, here are a few things to consider.
Family names are a great source of inspiration. Choosing the name of a beloved relative can bestow additional meaning on your son's designation that will grow as the years go on Maybe you even want to name your child after yourself. Don't let gender get in the way here; many names are now unisex, and there are lots of ways to update a name so it can still honor a family member of a different gender.
It's a good idea to consider the potential initials before getting too attached to a name. Certain combinations of letters can be less than desirable, but you can always consider switching the first and middle names if you really love a certain combination.
A lot of names, especially more traditional ones, come with a long list of common nicknames. Your son may even prefer different forms of his name at different stages of his life. You may not be able to predict all of your son's future nicknames, but make sure you're okay with the most typical ones.
The history and meaning of an honorific are more important to some than others, but if you're falling in love with a name, it's probably a good idea to look up what it means just to make sure you're okay with it. It's also good to consider any associations your son's potential name may have with famous (or infamous) former bearers.
Whether you are naming your firstborn or you already have children, consider other names you have used or may want to use in the future to see how they work together. Say the names out loud to get a feel for how they sound with your last name too. There's nothing that says you can't call your son something different if the name you choose just doesn't fit, but you might as well do your research beforehand!
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