Most parents are particularly concerned with one question during pregnancy: What should our baby be called? Not an easy decision! No matter whether you are looking for a girl’s name or a boy’s name – we have put together ten questions that can help you decide on Newborn Baby Names.
If you and your partner each have their ideas about your desired newborn baby names, the Momblaster will help you find the first names that you both like. With our ten questions in mind, you will soon find your favorite name! You may also like, How Many Newborn Diapers Do I need?
Ten Questions you should ask yourself when Searching for Newborn Baby Names
HOW MANY FIRST NAMES SHOULD MY CHILD GET?
Pippilotta Viktualia Rollgardina Peppermint Efraim daughter Longstocking – would such a long name as Pippi Longstocking bear, would be approved in Germany at all? Indeed yes! Because according to German naming law, up to five first names are allowed (why Pippi’s name would still be rejected, you will find out in question 9). Some parents choose multiple names to avoid having to choose between two favorites. Others would like your child to have the grandmother’s or grandfather’s second name. Regardless of your motives – if the second name of your baby is already known, you have the option to use it.
2. SHOULD MY CHILD HAVE A POPULAR OR UNUSUAL NAME?
If little Sophie is called on the playground by her parents, likely, not just one child turns around. If you want to avoid such situations by using an unusual first name, it may be that your daughter has to spell her name for a lifetime. Both common and unusual first names have their advantages and disadvantages, which you have to weigh up for yourself. On MomBlaster name finder, you will find inspiration for both categories. All fans of unique first names can select the “Extraordinary names” option in the filter settings and swipe through names that no second child in the class is likely to wear.
3. WHICH FIRST NAMES MATCH THE LAST NAME?
In general, if you have a long last name, shorter first names are usually better. This way, you avoid that your child’s name later blows up every form. 😉 With a short last name, it can also be a slightly longer first name. It’s best to say both names out loud together and write them down. So you not only determine the sound of the entire name (too many identical vowels usually sound ugly) but also avoid unfavorable combinations such as the often laughed at Axel Schweiss or Rainer Zufall
4. HOW COMPLICATED ARE THE PRONUNCIATION AND SPELLING OF THE NAME?
As already mentioned under point 2: If you have unusual first names, keep in mind that your child will probably have to spell his name frequently and explain his pronunciation. The same applies to unusual spellings of common names such as Yann or Iulia. It doesn’t have to be a negative thing, but you should keep it in mind when making your choice. You think Aylin is beautiful, but you don’t like Eileen at all? On Momblaster name finder, you will find first names in different spellings.
5. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF MY FIRST NAME?
If you want to give your child good wishes with his name, you can call him Felix or Felicitas, for example. These names come from Latin and mean “favored by happiness” or “the lucky one.” Almost every name can be assigned a certain meaning. If you are interested, you can have detailed information about each given name displayed in Momblaster – Newborn baby names. Perhaps the meaning makes it easier for you to decide for or against a certain name?
6. WHAT ASSOCIATIONS DOES THE NAME EVOKE?
You probably know from your own experience that you associate certain stereotypes with some first names. Thus Paul, Charlotte, and Maximilian the cliché by Name education close families. In negative terms, it has hit Newborn baby names like Kevin, Mandy, and Jacqueline in recent years. There was even a term of its own: Kevinism or Chantalismdescribes the phenomenon that such names are more likely to be associated with parents who are less educated. Of course, that doesn’t have to stop you from calling your child that. However, you should consider that it may be faced with such clichés.
7. WHICH NICKNAMES CAN YOU MAKE FROM THE FIRST NAME?
Almost every Benjamin sooner or later becomes a Benny, and hardly any Franziska is not called Franzi by her friends. If you don’t like such short forms, consider which common nicknames the first newborn baby name of your choice brings with it. Because even if you personally only like the full form: Unfortunately, you cannot prevent friends and acquaintances from calling your child that way. Tip: With short first names like Paul and Anna, the derivation is less likely to establish itself as a nickname.
8. DOES THE FIRST NAME MATCH THE SIBLINGS’ NAMES?
Some parents consciously choose first newborn baby names for their children that begin with the same initial letter ( Sarah and Sebastian ). Or show their love of Astrid Lindgren’s stories with Ida, Kalle, and Michel. It is a matter of taste, of course, whether such a match of sibling names appeals to you. Nevertheless, it is worth looking at the two first names together. Who wants to get confused between Maren and Karen as a parent all the time?
9. DOES THE NEWBORN BABY NAMES MEET THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS?
For example: In Germany, there are certain restrictions on the choice of the first newborn baby names according to § 12 of the Federal Code:
- The name must be recognizable as a first name and have a certain tradition as a first name. So you shouldn’t call your child a phone or a sunflower. Even fantasy names like peppermint (sad news for all Pippi Longstocking fans) are not allowed. It is not enough that a name has somehow been approved as a first name in the world.
- The child may not be offended by the first name or exposed to ridicule. So calling your child troublemaker is not possible. 😉
- The number of possible first names is limited to five.
- Official short forms ( Magda instead of Magdalena ) are allowed, but nicknames and nicknames are not ( Lenchen ).
- The first name must not disturb other people’s religious feelings. So Satan or God is out of the question. Biblical names with negative connotations ( Judas and Cain ) are also not allowed.
- Noble titles, brand names, and place names are generally not possible as first names. However, there are borderline cases: Fanta and Brooklyn, for example, have already been approved.
In case of doubt, the decision is up to the responsible registry office.
10. HOW IS THE FIRST NAME PRONOUNCED IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN THERE?
If your family does not live abroad, this aspect may be less relevant in the first few years. But at the latest, when a student exchange or semester abroad is on the program, some first names can cause difficulties or be a source of surprise. Their children call the female first name Mona in Spanish means “monkey,” and Anne in Turkish all mums. If you should expect a small cosmopolitan, take a look at the meanings in other languages and choose a first name that is easy to pronounce internationally. You may also like to ready about Newborn Baby Photography Props and Guide.
No matter which newborn baby names you choose, the most important thing is that you and your partner are happy with it. So don’t let too many opinions and advice unsettle you – there will always be an objection to your desired name. 😉 You can find even more inspiration for finding a name in our magazine article ” Find the right Newborn Baby Names. ” And now we hope you enjoy your search!