Top tips for choosing baby names
Dear William and Kate
While personally I am no more interested in your new baby than any of the other million babies born yesterday, I am interested in how people choose names for their new babies. Names can have a profound impact on our lives. Rare and unusual names are proven to negatively impact career success. And yet many people seem to choose names just to express something about their own personal views of the world.
Here’s how we decided on our first born’s name.
We focused on what name would make our child happiest later in life.
Luckily for us there are ways to work this out.
First off there’s a website where adults can rate their own name, so we could take our short list of ideas and see what percent of adults were happy being named so. This was important as I don’t really like my own name that much. Sorry Mum and Dad.
Second we could look at possible nicknames (good and bad), mispelling potential, ease of pronunciation, and how common the name was (we were looking for something in the top 100 but not top 20).
All this data allowed us to make a clear choice from our list of 5 names, knowing that we have done the best for our daughter to give her a name that she will like, that she won’t have to spell out on the phone and that people can instantly pronounce right.
You can see that we used a balance of gut feel to short list and then analysis to make the final decision. And we also had a clear criterion to decide. This mix of gut feel and analysis is often useful in life decisions.
At this point you may want to know what we picked, but I can’t tell you that as we also decided that our daughter will have no digital footprint until much later in life…And to be honest, she gets called Missy Moo most of the time any way!
So, I hope you choose a name through a good decision process and not just gut feel and personal preference only.
The decision guy.