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Guide For Finding Uncommon Baby Names

Oct 19, 2007
Uncommon baby names has become a trend or fad of late. Finding the right name that perfectly suits your new bundle of joy doesn't have to be an overwhelming event. In fact, it can be a relaxing hobby the whole family can enjoy.

You may be looking into uncommon or cute baby names, or even baby middle names, because you don't want to go with the pack and make sure your baby's name is unique. Regardless, here are some tips to consider when trying to choose an uncommon baby name for your child:

Family Names

Once the initial joy of consulting a book of possibilities wears off, dread and fear of never finding something that will make all family members happy takes over. Whether you select a name that demonstrates family loyalty and tradition, or your own spark and originality, it is sure to be an exciting milestone.

Choosing names is fun for the parents, family and friends, and the name itself will be something that will live with him or her for the rest of their life. Read the names in your family tree or look at Social Security lists from the early nineteen hundreds and you may just fall in love with a forgotten classic. You may want to ask family and friends for opinions before committing to an invented name.

However, be prepared for the pitfalls when you start to involve other family members. Perhaps it is a tradition in your family to name children after a grandparent or you simply want to celebrate a favorite relative. So, beware of family politics.

The Meaning of Names

The actual meaning of a name may be the deciding factor when choosing your ultimate baby name. Selecting names based on their positive meanings adds to the enjoyment of your child's name now, and later in life. Choose a name that will have genuine meaning to you and your child.

There are lots of baby names to choose from out there. Try to pick one that will have meaning to you and won't embarrass your child in the process. Consider looking through books of baby names and pick one that has a special meaning that you like. You may consider meanings such as sweet, kind or brave.

You may also look for names which have a special meaning to you and your spouse. This may be based on the actual origin of the name. Each name can have a separate meaning depending on the language or origin. This resource alone can provide a lot of baby names to choose from.

Spelling and Pronunciation

An unusual spelling of a common name can create uniqueness.

Another practice, which has grown in the last decade or so, is taking common names and spelling them phonetically. Yet, for baby names, following the common line takes away an element of individuality, sometimes making one child feel the same as the next and taking away that little element that makes a child feel special. However, It may be difficult for kids to keep on spelling his or her name to people who only know the common spelling of the name.

Another trick in find uncommon baby names is to pronounce a common name in an unusual way.


Use whatever method you are comfortable with to obtain the best baby name for your needs. Just remember, finding the right uncommon baby name may require you to think out of the box a little bit. Good luck and have fun in your quest.
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Don Heiden also covers topics like Picking The Best Jogging Stroller and Family/Parenting issues.
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