One of the most agonizing parts of having a baby is finally settling on a proper name. Some have to manage the minefield of family and friends who all want the baby named after them. Others worry about the impact of the name that will represent their child for the rest of his or her life. Still others choose names that just leave us with our heads shaking. Here are three suggestions on how to choose the right name for your child (http://time.com/3856405/baby-name-popularity/).
Look at some of the top names of the past
One way you can choose a baby name is to look at lists of the top names from years past. You might want to choose something that has a strong, classical ring to it and doesn’t come off like a “fad” name such as years ago when Brittany Spears was at the top of the charts and every other little girl in America seemed to be named after her.
Go with a beloved character
Many of us have a special book or film that speaks volumes to us. Why not name your child after that book’s author or a special character that you identify with? Sure, Hamlet may not be the best choice for a baby name, but William (after Mr. Shakespeare, of course) certainly could be fitting. Are you a Star Wars fan? Why not go for Luke or Leia? (Although we would probably suggest not choosing Yoda or Chewbacca.)
Hit up social media
Another great way to decide a name is to let your friends and family have input on social media. However, we suggest that you give them a starting list of your top five names instead of just letting anyone vote on any name. If you do let them pick any random name, be ready for some strange ones like the parents who almost named their child after the H. P. Lovecraft monster Cthulu (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2610000/Guess-didnt-want-call-Cthulhu-Parents-let-INTERNET-decide-babys-opt-No-2-choice-Amelia.html).