On New Year’s day I’m putting off writing my own New Year’s resolutions to dash off some resolutions for you. (Apparently, I haven’t outgrown my life-long habit of procrastination.) Here is quick list of don’ts based on posts I’ve written recently:
-Don’t pick a name that will come across as a joke (like North West).
-Don’t pick a weird name (like Shalini or Bronx Mowgli).
-Don’t wreck a perfectly good name by changing it so it will be hard to spell and pronounce (like Wilyam or Quaren).
-Don’t pick a name likely to subject your child to teasing or mockery (like Cricket, Rekker or Adolf).
-Don’t believe names promoted in blog posts are “cool” (like Neri, Sula or Tulsi) unless you’ve seen the data.
-Don’t believe or follow trends predicted for 2014 if the trends seem counterproductive (like giving girls boys’ middle names–or vice versa).
-Don’t name your child after a currently popular celebrity, because celebrities’ images can change almost overnight (like Miley or Lance).
-Don’t name your child after a character in a currently popular TV show, because TV shows’ images can change almost overnight (like “Duck Dynasty”).
-Don’t fear discussing names you like with friends, because you’re scared someone might steal the name. (Theft would confirm one of the names you like is cool.)
Happy Naming New Year!