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How To Agree On A Name For Your Baby Girl in 2020

So, you and your spouse are expecting parents, you’ve had your gender-reveal party and it’s a girl! First of all, congratulations! Second, what have you decided on as far as a name? Oh, you haven’t settled on anything yet? Not a problem, she isn’t due tomorrow so you’ve got time! However, you don’t want to be those parents that wait until the last week to actually give your baby a name, do you?

Sure, you don’t have to pick her name tomorrow but it’s a good idea to at least take some initial steps towards narrowing down a handful of names everyone can feel good about. Just how important is it to pick the right name for your unborn daughter? Where do we even start with putting a list of names together? Shouldn’t this be a pretty simple process? Don’t worry, we’ll help you answer these questions and guide you through a few methods for picking just the right name for your baby girl before you head to the hospital in a rush!

Why Parents Have A Difficult Time Choosing Names For Their Children

How is anyone expected to choose just the right name for their baby on the way when there’s so many to choose from?! Parents often experience decision fatigue when it comes to baby names, especially when it’s a girl, to the point that they throw up their hands and go searching through mountains of resources only to encounter more options and possibilities than they thought were possible! On Amazon alone there are over 40,000 Book results for ‘baby names’! You might be thinking, “do I really need to sift through that many resources just to find a good name for my baby girl?” Thankfully, the answer is no and the process can actually be simpler than you think!

Naming children can be a point of contention and general debate as it is. However, when it comes to naming your future daughter the importance of choosing just the right name goes up significantly. This is understandable; it’s going to be what everyone else calls them for the rest of their lives! Choosing a name for your baby girl can be just as involved as when they’ll end up having to pick out their wedding dress. Female names tend to receive more attention and care when being chosen, so try not to rush through the process.

If there’s anything that both women and men can agree on it’s that girls like to feel a sense of uniqueness and individuality apart from their peers. They like to feel special and generally desire for others to perceive them as such. This is why we have terms such as “Belle of the Ball” or “Prima Donna”; every girl wants her 15 minutes in the lime light to display her beauty, talents and uniqueness for people to see because when she does everyone will know her name.

Why You Might Choose A Family Name For Your Daughter

If you or your spouse come from a family where tradition is valued then you may want to consider selecting a name from one of your family trees. Choosing a name that’s already within your families is a way to show honor and respect to your family’s heritage & history. This is also a great way to choose a middle-name!

Let’s suppose you and your spouse have decided to name your daughter after someone in the family, who do you end up choosing? Many expecting parents tend to choose a grandmother or great aunt’s name. This works well especially if family members tend to have fond recollections of those women. Additionally, it sets an expectation for the parents to raise their baby girl in a way that would help to mold and shape her into the positive attributes and ideals everyone remembers those women for.

Be careful, however, that picking an existing name from within the family doesn’t cause any sharp contention. Some family members may perceive unintended favoritism with your selection. To avoid this, try including family members on both sides in the process from a surface level. You can do this by letting them know you’re considering choosing an existing family name and want to know what everyone’s general suggestions might be. Also, be sure to let them know that the idea isn’t set in stone, but you are definitely exploring possibilities.

Choosing A Female Name With The Right Meaning

Okay, so maybe the family name thing didn’t exactly resonate with anyone. By this point you and your spouse might have a handful of names on the table but haven’t yet committed to any just yet. It’s probably a good idea to start looking into the names you are moderately and strongly considering. After all, what do these names actually mean?

For example, a name like Emma means “whole” or “universal” whereas Charlotte means either “free man” or “petite”. These can easily be researched online but there’s literally thousands of books on the meaning of names (but you probably don’t need to buy any). The importance placed on the meaning of a name multiples when you consider the possible combinations of first and middle naming schemes.

Something else to consider for your little girl’s name is “would future generations want to re-use this name?” To be quite honest, it’s not at all too early to be considering something like this in a long-term context. Choosing a name that can stand the test of time can have positive effects on the posterity of your family line long into the future (no pressure).

Choosing A Unique Name For A Baby Girl

Still stuck on which name to pick? Try setting the list you have aside for right now and think outside of the box for a few minutes.  Many parents aim to give their children unique names but run out of inspiration shortly into their search for a winner. This is because landing on a truly unique name requires more informed inspiration. See our article on African Baby Names and Why They’re Chosen

However, we can’t caution you enough on being absolutely sure when it comes to your daughter’s name. Don’t be afraid to get outside opinions and insights! The last you thing you want as a parent is to have a child with a name that sticks out more like a sore thumb rather than a shining star.

So how exactly should you go about choosing a unique baby name? Try reverse-engineering it! Here’s what we mean: select the specific attributes & meanings you want her name to have and then perform searches based on those. If you use this method you’ll be surprised the names that will turn up that you can add into your roster of potential name choices.

Female Naming Trends In Recent Years

And in case you needed even more inspiration to draw from, below are some of the top 10 names from the past 3 years for baby girls.

2016:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Sophia
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Charlotte
  8. Abagail
  9. Emily
  10. Harper

2017:

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Emma
  4. Ava
  5. Isabella
  6. Mia
  7. Aria
  8. Riley
  9. Zoe
  10. Amelia

2018:

  1. Olivia
  2. Isla
  3. Amara
  4. Cora
  5. Charlotte
  6. Aurora
  7. Amelia
  8. Ava
  9. Rose
  10. Genevieve

So, what now?

Well, your head is probably spinning at this point with way too many name ideas swirling around, which means this is a good time to start writing them all down before you forget! Alternatively, you could take five and sip on a latte while you look over the list of names you have so far. Even though choosing a name for your daughter is an important decision to make, don’t get too bent out of shape over it; you and your spouse are going to be the most amazing parents so you’ve got this!

If you take anything away from reading this article just remember that it well worth a bit of research and some planning. Be sure to get others involved in the process. If a particular name candidate is well received by your friends and family then you may just have a winner on your hands! If you’re trying to pick a name that stands out, try to avoid the ones listed above. Our parting piece of advice is to have fun with choosing her name! Whatever you end up naming your newborn girl, you’re going to be excited and amazed beyond words how much joy she’s going to bring the both of you when she arrives (hmm, Joy, that’s a nice name). Happy naming!