Here at Hand on Heart, we see a lot of Baby names! Almost every piece of personalised jewellery we make is impressed or engraved with these special names.
Some names we come across are really unusual, or that we’ve never heard before. Take Sansa and Arya for example, made popular by Game of Thrones. These names only started coming through our studio in the last few years. Also made popular by TV are Piper from the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, and Nancy has come back in favour thanks to Stranger Things, another Netflix favourite.
This got us thinking about what we actually do need to consider when naming a tiny baby that will one day make their way into the big wide world…
Avoid those embarrassing initials. Make sure that the names you choose along with the child’s surname won’t create problematic initials.
Does it fit in with their siblings? If you’re naming an unborn baby who will be joining big brothers and sisters, you may want to think about whether the name you have chosen fits well with their siblings’ names.
Find something with meaning. Each name has a meaning behind it. In the HoH Office, we have Ellie which means ‘bright shining one’, Sophie which means ‘wisdom’ and Nicola with ‘people of victory’. All of which have lovely messages behind them but unfortunately not all names share such positive meanings.
Keep it unique. You will definitely be annoyed if you turn up to playgroup and three other children have the same name as your child. Why not stay away from tradition (although the old names have been making a comeback) and think outside the box to give your baby a beautiful name that is also unique?
Having a child is one of the most life changing experiences and naming a child is a special thing. You may keep our tips in mind when choosing your name but the most important thing is that you and your partner love the name and have fun choosing the perfect one.