By Eren Mckay
Filed under Good Parenting Skills
What is the best way for a Christian to choose a baby’s name?
Your baby’s name will be a huge part of their lives. It will help shape how they see themselves and also how others perceive them.
We find in God’s Word that names do have meaning. While reading biblical stories you’ll discover that some of the characters in the stories have certain personalities and actions that are closely related to their names. This is not a coincidence. In many cases their names were prophetic. In God’s sovereignty their names matched who they were or who they would become.
Research before deciding.
As parents we want to always do the best for our children so it is really important to find out what the name means. Unfortunately some parents don’t research before picking a name and end up choosing one with an awful meaning to it. Can you imagine picking a name because it sounded “unique” and later you find out it means Death or Devil?
You don’t need to rush the process but it is a good thing to figure this out before you have the baby. That way you don’t have to be dealing with this decision after your baby is born. You can just focus on caring for your little angel because you’ve already decided beforehand.
Where do you find ideas for names? You can brainstorm with your spouse and listen to suggestions from friends and family. When I was pregnant with my first child, my mother was brainstorming names with me. After we thought of many names together, she suggested the name Jordan to me. I felt totally at peace the moment she mentioned it. Jordan is the name of the river where Jesus was baptized. It was where our Lord began His ministry. The Jordan River passes through the lowest point on planet Earth. The menaing to the name is low place and symbolizes Christ’s humility. When I talked to my husband, he also felt at peace. So we decided upon this name- and it really is the perfect name for him.
On the other hand, sometimes other family members can get overbearing trying to get you to put a “family tradition” name on the child. When this happens just politely tell them that you are still deciding. You shouldn’t determine a name because someone else is pushing their ideas on you.
Be careful not to pick a name that can become a reason for mockery from others. You want your child to have good self esteem and names like Judas or Jezebel will not contribute to this. Does the name that you are considering rhyme with an ugly word?
Think about how their full name will look. Do the initials of each name spell something funny or just bad? There have been cases of initials spelling an obscene word. Some parents only notice these problems after it’s too late. Spellings that are too unique will make your kids’ daily lives difficult. They will always have to spell out their names to since it’s too different. We really have to think of the situations that our kids will encounter with the name that we choose.
If you really want to honor someone in your family by putting their name on your child, make sure that as a couple you are in agreement. You can also honor your family member by having it be your child’s middle name.
Be sensitive to hear God’s voice in order to pick the perfect name for your baby. Be open to options but really pray about it and wait for God’s confirmation. In the end you should pick a name that both you and your spouse feel God’s peace with.
It’s all about finding out what works in each specific family situation. I’ll be writing about this soon.
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