Top tips for naming your Baby.

Choosing a baby name for your newborn is one of the toughest jobs faced by every new parent.

It is certainly is not something to be taken lightly or decided on a whim. Typically, expectant parents will compile a long list which is gradually whittled down to a short list.

If you are wondering what to call your newborn and struggling choosing a baby name, we have put together our top tips on how to choose a name for your baby:

Top 10 tips for naming your baby:

  • Avoid passing trends and fads
  • Remember that traditional names don’t have to be boring!
  • Take a look at your family tree, honour relatives
  • Check for multiple spellings or different pronunciations
  • Look up meanings
  • Contemplate all possible nicknames
  • Consider the importance of the middle name
  • Don’t forget about the initials.
  • Say it out loud

Don’t rush to decide. Many parents change their minds when baby arrives, and remember you have 42 days to register the birth!

Unusual baby names can be creative and fun. Many parents start the process looking for something unique for their child. However, names which are very unusual can be difficult to live with and to bear throughout life.

Consider the child, they may have to repeat it and spell it out over and over again with their name being the precursor to every new friendship or experience.

After an incredible 8 years as the most popular boys name in England and Wales, Oliver has been knocked off the top spot by Noah. However, Olivia remains the most popular girls name for a sixth year on the trot.

At Babyblooms, when we print gift card messages and embroider our personalised baby gifts we see these trends first hand.

Throughout 2022 we have seen a steep rise in popularity of names from across the pond. Names usually considered more American such as Brody, Hudson and Oakley are amongst some of the highest climbers in popularity rankings. Looking to other regions for inspiration is a good idea if you are looking for something out of the ordinary.

Baby Name Predictions for 2023

Names often go in cycles of popularity with people rediscovering traditional names generations later. Towards the end of 2022 we have seen an increase in the ‘victorian’ era names. We have been sending more personalised teddy bears and personalised baby blankets with names such as Theodore, Arthur , Albert and Ivy and Margot.

These are traditional names which you may associate more with your great-grandparent's generation but that have an undeniably timeless charm. This is a trend which we expect to continue far beyond 2023!

Some names once very popular in the UK are liable to go extinct altogether as they fall out of favour with new parents. So, if you are looking for something truly unusual perhaps you should consider Greg, Peggie or Debra!

The most important factor when it comes to choosing a name for your baby is to go for something that resonates most with you.

Whether it’s a name that honours a family member, a name from a character in your favourite series or simply a name that has a nice ring to it – above all else make sure you pick something you and your baby will love for many years to come.