So Wills and Kate have had their baby and the royal watchers have moved on from when the baby will come and the gender to naming the new heir. Personally, we’re hoping for Arthur because the world needs another King Arthur. But how do the rest of us choose baby names?
Names are a very important and personal thing. We’re often defined by our names and to some degree they can dictate people’s perceptions of us. If we’re named after celebrities then it’s possible that some folks will make assumptions about our personalities.
In naming our children, my wife and I preferred traditional names with traditional spelling. My surname seems tricky enough for many people and we figured that the kids wouldn’t want to spend their lives spelling both their names out.
But we were conscious of the meanings of names. That’s where a quick search on the etymology of a potential name is worth doing.
For others, religious beliefs, numerology and other systems are used to find names.
In the case of Will and Kate’s new tyke, chances are that the name will be quite traditional although we wouldn’t be surprised to see a modern spin as the royal family moves along with the times and tries to make itself more modern.
Have you had to name a child? How did you go about it?