Naming your baby…

Are you happy with your name? Your name is what identifies you for your whole life. Have you ever wished your name was something different? I have never been keen on my name being Tracey. It was uncommon when I was growing up, but I found there were 1000’s of us out there in the world when I reached my 30’s. When I was 14 years of age, I remember wanting to change my name to Ricki. It sounded so cool and I was hell bent on getting it changed by deed poll. Thank god I never went through with it as I would have been very embarrassed today if I had.

When it came time to naming our 3 girls, my husband & I decided to name our first child (Kathleen) after her grandmother. Our second daughter Millie is a nickname from Amelia (an Enid Blyton Book character) and our third daughter (Louise) was named after 2 girls of the same name that I really liked at high school. I think my girls are all happy with their names, at least so far there’s been no mention of changing their name by deed poll! The choices for names today are so diverse ranging from old fashioned names to newly invented ones used in popular cinema films and TV series. At present Khaleesi (from Game of Thrones) is running hot on the popular names for baby’s list.

No matter what name you choose, it’s a good idea to put yourself in your baby’s adults shoes and imagine how you would feel being called by your chosen name. It is a big decision, one that impacts your child’s life on each and every day for the rest of their life. You created this special little person and it’s entirely up to you and your partner to decide on their name.  Even if it is Ricki!

What is the most exotic name you’ve heard?

What is your favourite name of all time?


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