Cute and trendy baby names are all the rage, but if you keep a few valuable tips in mind, you can save your child a future of misspellings and mispronunciations.
Keep your baby's future in mind
We give you some New Year's resolutions that you will be happy to keep as you search for the perfect name for your little one.
As you were growing up, your classroom may have been full of children who went by their first name paired with an initial. This may inspire you to delve deep into a baby name website and discover a truly unique baby name. There are a few trendy traps you might want to avoid, however, if you'd like to keep your little one's name ideal for job hunting and her future life as an adult.
Here are our suggestions for your own baby name resolutions in 2012.
Resolve to avoid unique spellings
Fun and unique spellings can be a great idea -- it's a novel way to turn a classic or traditional name into something that looks more fresh and modern. John becomes Jhon, Bailey becomes Baleigh and Carol becomes Karyl. It also gives your child the added benefit of being the only one in the class (or even school) with such a spelling. Also, his friends may think his name is really interesting and cool.
Keep in mind, though, that your baby will more than likely grow up with two things commonly occurring. The first is that his name will often be misspelled by teachers, friends, relatives and anyone else who needs to write his name down. And the second is that people may be puzzled at its written form and may mispronounce it.
Resolve to avoid the latest baby name craze
Hot baby-naming trends, such as giving your child a name that's a word or a noun, are a sure-fire way to make your baby stand out in a crowd. No one will forget a baby girl named Honor or a baby boy named Steel.
However, going along with the most current baby naming trend may make your baby's name sound dated 10 or 20 years from now. Location names such as Dakota and Cheyenne were very popular in the 1990s, but they peaked strongly in that decade and have since fallen out of favor.
Resolve to consider your baby's future
You aren't just naming a baby. You are naming a future adult, a college student, a resume writer, a job interviewee, a spouse and a parent. Some names that are super cute on babies don't always grow well with them, such as Candy, Destiny or Barbie.
Consider using a traditional or classic name and having a ready-made nickname, such as Benji for Benjamin or Rory for Aurora. Also, classic names are coming back into vogue and seem to have less of a trendy feel about them. Names like Jack, Everett, Ruby and Amelia have a timeless quality, likely will not lose their appeal as the years go by and sound great on both babies and adults.
With these few suggestions in mind, you should be able to find a name that suits your baby. You can give her a great start on life by giving her a quality name that won't cause her countless headaches as she explains for the umpteenth time, "It's spelled A-L-L-Y-S-O-N!"