Gabbing on giggle.com: Baby naming

Baby Naming Rules

On giggle.com, where we contribute a couple of times each month, an article about baby names caught my eye: 22 Baby Naming Rules Worth Following.

The “rules” were submitted by parents who were surveyed, and most make sense to me. See: No yooneek spellings.  Name your son (or daughter) Peyton or even Payton.  But not Peighton, Patyn, or Paitynne.

Rule #3 is the one I broke when we chose the names Julian and Scarlett just because we liked them: A first name should ideally embody some kind of meaning.  That might be family or ethnic significance, literal meaning, or even that you’ve loved it since you were seven.  A name with meaning is going to have more staying power than one you choose simply because it’s attractive.

Here’s another good one: Don’t let anyone pressure you into or out of a name.  It’s the Number 1 reason behind baby name regret.

And this one I may have followed subconciously, but I never actually did the math: Ideally, first, middle, and last names will be unequal numbers of syllables. So 3-1-2 tends to work better than 2-2-2. (My son is 3-1-3 and my daughter is 2-1-3, while I am 2-4-1. I think those of you who have one-syllable last name probably were more aware of this.)

Read all the rules of baby naming over on Giggle>

My own submission this month fell under the theme of budget conscious: 5 Easy Ways New Moms Can Pay it Forward — Saving Time and Money.

And stay tuned to the Giggle GAB blog for Heather’s upcoming post about hand-me-downs. With three boys, and a degree in engineering, she can figure this out if anyone can.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.