One of the most important decisions you must make when you are expecting is what your baby’s name will be.
Choosing a child’s name is fun and exciting, but studies show that your child’s name may be in direct connection to their level of success.
If you are expecting and still trying to determine what the child will be named, perhaps these tips can help you choose a name that could lead your child to be more successful as they grow older.
Choose a Unique Baby Name
One of the best ways to improve your child’s chances of success is to choose a name that is unique, but not so unique it is unrecognizable as a name.
In today’s technological world, many parents choose to Google ideas for their child’s name, often to be sure there is not a negative attachment to the name. If you do choose a name that is highly popular at the time, don’t create your own version of the name.
The Authors of Freakonomics also discussed this topic extensively in the podcast below.
My question to you: Is your name really your destiny?
Avoid “Most Popular” Baby Names
A simple search of the internet will provide you with names that are the most popular. These change throughout the years as a name that is popular this year may not be the following year.
It is a good idea to check those lists when you are expecting and then avoid the names that appear at the top. Because those names may be extremely popular that year, your child may face having several other children in school with the same name, which can be confusing.
Not only is that possible, but as your child grows older, they may face ageism in the workplace as it is not difficult to recognize a first name that was very popular during a particular era.
Cross-Gender Baby Names
Another study conducted by Clemson University found that women who entered the legal field were more successful if they had masculine names.
However, giving your son a feminine name is not recommended. Boys who were named feminine names, such as Shannon, Ashley or Jamie, were more likely to have behavior problems in middle school than those with more masculine names, according to the Clemson study.
Remember to Account for Initials and Last Name Connections
Children are very good at connecting names together and, as much as adults hope they will not use someone’s name negatively, it will happen if parents are not proactive when naming their children.
If your last name is Grant, you may not want to name your child Peter Isaac as his initials will spell P.I.G. By the same token, consider how your child’s first name will sound with your last name. For example, if your last name is Fish, you may want to avoid first names like “Goldie” and “Angel.”
Although there is no guarantee that the name you choose for your child will automatically make them successful, it is important to consider what the child will go through when you choose a name for them.
Children can be cruel, so choosing a name that is too unusual or initials that spell something negative can be difficult on your child while they are in school. In addition, inadvertently naming them after a serial killer or porn star can also make their lives difficult.
At the end of the day, however, you should choose a name that is agreeable to you and that you believe will best suit your child as he or she grows.
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