How To Name Your New Baby
By Tom Coffee
One of the hundred million things new parents have to do is pick out a name for the baby, preferably before the child reaches his or her 18th birthday, if for no other reason than it is very difficult to register to vote when you are only known as Baby Smith.
Picking a name is a little trickier and more important than you first think. You want your child to be successful and confident in the world. You want your child to take charge of life and be able to face others and make good first impressions. It is for this reason that very few children are named Roscoe anymore.
Now, before I start getting email and nasty comments from hundreds of people named Roscoe (as if someone named Roscoe could use a computer!) I want to assure you that I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with the name Roscoe if you never want your child to be anymore than a truck mechanic or run a roadside barbecue pit in Kentucky. And with a name like that you can easily save money on clothing because you know there are plenty of bowling shirts and overalls at your local Goodwill that already have the name Roscoe stitched right on them. I mean, are there any astronauts named Roscoe? How many nobel prize winners have been named Roscoe? Im too lazy to actually check this, but Im pretty sure the number is right around zero, give or take a few.
So how do you go about picking a baby name?
The big trend in naming babies these days is picking a common name and then giving it some sort of alternative spelling which breaks most of the common sense rules of the English language. For example, one of the trendiest new boys name is Dylan but thats a very traditional spelling. Modern parents would likely use one of these alternatives:
If you really want to be on the cutting edge of baby-naming (and, really, who doesnt?) then youll make up some sort of name using the parts of various other popular names. For example, the top ten very popular girl names right now are: Emily, Emma, Hannah, Madison, Olivia, Grace, Elizabeth, Abigail, Samantha and Alexis. A truly progressive parent would come up with one of these variations:
If youre still having a hard time picking out your babys name, youre not alone. There are, however, a lot of different ways to go about it.
Lots of people turn to books to suggest names for their babies and its pretty evident who these parents are when we have little Zeus and Jeronin digging with shovels in the sandbox while Lucritia and Saranese are playing jacks on the sidewalk.
If books arent your thing then maybe you should turn on the television for a few hours and simply write down every name you hear and think if any of those sound good to you or not. Being selective is the key here. No matter how pretty your daughter is she probably wont be named prom queen if shes named Larry King or Spongebob.
Lastly, you could always look back into your own family history and name your baby after a particularly important relative. If you dont have any particularly important relatives, then aim to name your child after a particularly old and rich relative. Hey, it never hurts.
Now that youve finally picked out a baby name you can relax, right? Wrong! Far from it!
This is your first chance of many to screw with peoples minds. Youre going to be a parent soon and your mind-screwing ability is going to have to be pretty top-notch. Do you think its going to be easy to get a three-year old to go to bed on time every night? Heck, no! Youre going to have to tell all sorts of fantastic stories about monsters coming to get him or killer robots enslaving the world if he doesnt get to bed at a decent hour.
Really, one can argue that most of child-raising is based on the idea of tricking the little buggers into doing what you want them to do. So get used to pulling this sort of stunt. Youre going to be a parent. Its your duty now.
You see, the last thing you want to do is pick out these great baby names and then tell you friends and family because theyll immediately make comments like Oh, are you sure about that? and Oh thats . interesting and Oh, dear God!! And then youll be forced to listen to hours and hours of stories about why the name you like for your baby is all wrong and why you should really name the baby Dillynn.
No, what you need to do is now spend some time picking out the worse possible names you can possible think of and beginning telling people that those names are what youre going to give your child. For example, lets say you found the perfect baby name. You should keep the name to yourself and tell everyone you know that youre going to name him Englebert Horatio with a straight face. Youll earn extra credibility if you buy a few bibs with Englebert stitched on them. Tell your parents how youre planning on calling him Eggy when hes young.
This way when your baby is born you can surprise your friends and relatives with a the real name and make them all sigh a huge, collective sigh of relief (except for aunt Jane who alread purchased a silver baby rattle with the initials EH engraved on it).
This will especially please the person you named your new baby after - your old rich uncle Roscoe.
About The Author
Tom Coffee is the senior writer, humorist, editor, designer, publisher, programmer and manager of SpillingCoffee.com. His writing chronicles his adventures in trying to lose weight, escape his office job, fix up his old house and cope with becoming a father for the first time. Filled with wit, emotion and silliness. Toms hobbies include drinking Chi Tea while practicing Tai Chi, skydiving naked, devaluing his house through random acts of attempted home improvement, knitting, not taking himself very seriously, taking candy from babies and referring to himself in the third person. Life is funny. Have some coffee...
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