Choosing a name for your child is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make (no pressure!).
Will the name Scout for a girl work when she desperately wants a princess party? If we call him Gabriel will he still be a rough & tumble boy who loves dinosaurs & dragons? Could you screech ‘Madonna!’ down a supermarket aisle?
Some parents name their children after the places they were conceived, like Paris or Florence. (Just make sure as they get a bit older that you can handle the awkward conversation with them about the origin of their name).
And don’t forget to make sure your child’s name works with your surname (did Richard Head & Amanda Rein actually exist?), & take into account any initials (think OMG or LOL).
Most parents want to find that sweet spot: a name not so unique that their child gets teased, & not so common that it’s shared with others in their class (I still remember Sarah G. Sarah R. & Sarah W. from grade 5). Perhaps that’s why this year’s most popular baby names include Lily, Poppy, Jack & Hugo. A perfect balance between classic style & individuality.
At Nana Huchy, I have the pleasure of naming things all the time when I come up with the names of all our toys & dolls. I often name them after friends & family, or little people in my world. Sometimes it even feels like they choose their own names. I love the process of relating them to other characters in our collection. None of the names in our collection are incidental- they all mean something to me.
What’s in a name? At the end of the day, a name is just one aspect of the beautiful & amazing person your child will become. With your support & guidance, they’ll carve their own way in life; making the name you chose for them all the more special.
Love Lucy xx
P.S. Find our list of popular baby names in 2022 below!
Top Baby Names in Australia in 2022