When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting a baby, there wasn’t just speculation about whether it will be a Prince or Princess. The bookmakers also started taking bets on what William and Kate will name their child.
Now, picking a baby name can be a tricky thing, as anyone who has done it knows.
Royal children are usually given “safe, historical names which are passed down through the monarchy such as James, Edward, Charles, George, Mary and Elizabeth,” according to the Cambridge News. They also get loaded up with a slew of middle names. William’s full name, for instance, is William Arthur Philip Louis. That gives the couple opportunities to pay homage to members of both families.
There are other considerations as well, according to the folks at BabyCenter.com. Does it sound right and is it compatible with your last name? Is it unique? Does it have a special meaning?
That’s all well and good, but I have a simple, foolproof formula for naming children -- and for that matter, pets.
And it’s this: Can you yell that name out loud -- really loud -- and feel good about it?
That’s it. Sound too simple? Well, consider yelling any of these names, which are listed among the most outrageous baby names of 2012, out your back door:
Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence!! You get off those monkey bars and come over here right now.
KATNISS! Don’t touch that!
Kick! C’mon. It’s time to go home.
The beauty of my approach is that it works across cultures. One day my husband shared our naming advice with a friend from work, who had moved to Silicon Valley from India and whose wife was expecting their first child. The next day, his friend told him excitedly how he had gone to the back door and tested out a potential name for his daughter. After yelling, “Parameshwari! Your mother needs you!” he said he was confident it was the perfect name since it passed the yell test.
I rest my case.
If you find you can yell any name out loud in a public place and be happy about it, then you’re on to something. But if the yelling leaves you cringing, then you might want to rethink it. Imagine, also, other kids shouting the name across the playground -- “Ivy Blue Carter! We want you on our team!” -- and you’ll get a sense of what I’m talking about.
The same holds true for pets. That dog name might seem oh-so-clever in the privacy of your home when you’re cuddling your adorable new puppy. But when you hit the dog park and find yourself yelling “Mr. Puddles!” you might start to suspect you should have made a different choice. Veterinary Pet Insurance, which compiled a list of the most popular pet names based on its database of 485,000 registered animals, says you should wait a few days before choosing a name, keep it simple, and make it appropriate.
The 10 most popular dog names for 2012, by the way, are Buddy, Max, Daisy, Bella, Lucy, Molly, Charlie, Jack, Sadie and Rocky. Just saying. In case they were on your baby name list. -- Connie Guglielmo
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