Saturday, 22 October 2011

What's in a name?



Naming your child is the first big decision you make for them and sets them on their road to life
It is probably the thing you most agonise over. Some people wait until their children are born, others know from the moment they find out they are pregnant. But names are so important and can set a president for the lives they have to live ahead of them.

We actually did not have names prepared for a boy. i had a real inkling that we were expecting a girl and were we had argued over boys names, girls names came really easily. We had narrowed it down to 2 names and therefore had no idea which one we would pick until we saw our little one. So, she was born and it was either Caitlin Marie or Emily Rose. We went with the latter as it had more meaning to us and suited her perfectly. We have even discussed that when we have baby number 2, girls names will not involve Caitlin Marie as they were the names for our first daughter, and we would like to start afresh!!

Anyway, research in 2008 by Abbey banking found that parents spend around 45 hours agonising over a name and 32 per cent of UK parents believe that a child's name can bring them confidence. One in 10 children are named after celebrities!! I also found out that some other research by yourbabydomainname.com found that 8 per cent of parents actually end up regretting the name they gave their child, which when they had their babies were more popular and "in" at the time. That is why many parents try to choose a name that will stand the test of time. There are so many different names out there, some traditional and others a little more off the wall. Every year brings different trends.............fruit names, retro names even the places of conception ala the Beckhams!!

At the end of the day, a child's name comes from the parents choice and is something to be proud of. I am named after the hall where my parents first met, and that is something I am proud of and gives me a feel that I really am something special. My name also has other meanings......in French it means "light", especially how it is spelt. Our daughters name is meant to mean Industrious and ambitious and is supposed to give her a positive nature which will see her far in life and many friends. We never knew this before choosing her name, but I must admit she has plenty of admirers already and is generally a happy child!! Who knows what the future may hold!!

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