10 Ways Your Baby's Name Could Ruin His Life

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baby nameChoosing the perfect name for your baby is something you definitely can't afford to mess up, especially since your kid will be stuck with whatever you decide on for the rest of his or her life. (Yeah, yeah -- I know they can legally change it, but that's a huge pain.)

And as it turns out, there may be a whole lot more importance in a baby name than we originally thought, because our given names may affect our personalities as a whole.

A psychology professor at Brown University named Lewis Lipsitt has concluded that we choose our babies' names based on our own genes, which in turn means our babies' personalities should fit well with the names we choose -- because they share our genes. But at the same time, I guess that means if we screw things up and select a name that is a huge contrast to our own personalities, our babies may grow up conflicted and confused. (Great -- just great.)

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And aside from potentially giving them a name they may never identify with, which will possibly make them feel bad about themselves as they venture through life, there are some other interesting reasons why you want to put a lot of thought into selecting a baby name before throwing one down on the birth certificate.

  1. Kids who have a higher self esteem typically do better in school, and there's a greater chance of them being confident if they have a strong name that suits them.
  2. It may make it easier for them to secure a job down the road if they have a more common name, because these are easier to read and pronounce on resumes, etc.
  3. Names that are hard to pronounce can make for a lonely dating life down the road. (Blame it on your parents if you're still single.)
  4. Studies show that a bad first name may make your child more likely to engage in risky behavior and get into trouble with the law down the road.
  5. Children with more common names may get more attention from teachers, because they aren't afraid of pronouncing the name wrong, etc.
  6. Your baby's name can affect whether or not the opposite sex finds them attractive. For real. (C'mon, like you never heard a guy's name before seeing him and thought, "He sounds cute.")
  7. There are some who argue that a baby's name can influence his/her destiny, and even determine a career path.
  8. People will assume things about your baby simply by hearing his/her name. Choosing something too "out there" may give others a bad first impression.
  9. Last names can affect your child too, if you're trying to decide whether to go with mom's or dad's. Kids whose last names start with the beginning letters of the alphabet tend to be perceived as more successful.
  10. Your baby's name may hinder friendships, as those with unique names aren't usually very popular socially. (But for the record, my little dude has a fairly uncommon name and he's quite the hit with other 6-year-olds. Maybe take this one with a grain of salt.)

How much of this will you take into consideration when choosing a baby name?


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Katriena Young

How about a common name that everyone pronounces wrong even though its spelled right?

Lovex23 Lovex23

Oh no this scares me lol. My first two children have common names Isabella and Ian. Everyone pronounces Ian wrong(eye-an) its (e-an). Now my third baby I'm naming Elias but I'm spelling it Ilias. Anyone have advice if this is a mistake? I really want to have the I but will it be to confusing?

Katy Khan

Katrina? If you are referring to your own name, I have never seen it spelled KatrIEna though I'd still be able to pronounce it.


But hey, look at MY name and my whole life people have gotten it wrong...I'm called Kathy or Katherine and even CATTY very often. It's annoying that such an English name is so difficult for Americans to get right :P

Katy Khan

@lovex : My sons middle name is Ilyas...My husband is afghan and his language is "Pashto" and this is a pashto name, they (and so we have everyone) pronounce it "ILL EE OSS...but as an "English" name, I would pronounce it "ILL EE US...if you are going for EE LY AS ...I'd stick with the first spelling :P but I do like how ILYAS looks compared to the first spelling.

navyw... navywife0204

the only problem I've has is people assuming that my girls are boys... their names are Riley and Sydney.

Vegeta Vegeta

I've never identified with my name, it doesn't fit me at all. My parents had a boys name picked out but not a girl's so when I came out missing some parts they asked the nurse what a common girls name was. And boy was it common! 7 in my grade school class. I feel its a ditzy cheerleader name when I'm completely opposite. But I guess you can't tell when your naming a baby.

Mary Cimino

I named my oldest Hilda after my great-grandmother. She was 105 when she died and got into a bar fight at 95 and won! My daughter acts like her it's creepy so I guess there is some truth to what you nae your child.

calil... calilove33

I wonder if it's easy to read and say but not common what that means for my daughter Ivy Huuumm

nonmember avatar Nora

Okay I admitedly have a slightly uncommon name but really all my life it has been pronounced wrong. I have been called everything from Laura to Norman..... As a child and teen I HATED my name but as an adult I love it. So when it comes to my children my husband and I have chosen unique but not crazy names....so they'll like them when they're older lol

nonmember avatar Danielle

My biggest pet peeve is when people can't spell any of my family's names right. My name: Danielle. Hubby's: Sean. Step-Daughter: AnnMarie Son: Connor. Every single one of our names are constantly spelled wrong!!!

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