Ask these questions before naming baby

September 10, 2006|By McClatchy-Tribune

Choosing a child's name is a tricky business. Consider these tips for choosing names that will stand the test of time.

Who are you?: Naming children after cherished ancestors is a timeless tradition. Are there relatives you want to honor for roles they've played in your life or because they possess personal qualities you hope your child will emulate?

What's important to you?: Identify values and characteristics important in your family, then find names associated with these. For example, if sports are important to you, the Irish name Colin, which means strong and virile, might have lasting meaning.

Where are you from?: Identify places that have shaped your family's identity. Would any of the names make a good name for your baby?

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