Category: baby name issues
By Gay Cioffi
Just as in real estate where the three most important things are: LOCATION… LOCATION…. LOCATION, when bestowing a name on a baby the three most important things are: PRONUNCIATION… PRONUNCIATION… PRONUNCIATION.
As a person whose last name is almost never pronounced correctly, Cioffi (the Ci is like Ch and …oh, if only I had a buck for every time I have had to say that!!), I know that navigating the social territory of “when and how often to correct” those who mispronounce it is tricky, to say the least. I had a third grade teacher who pronounced it KEY-OFF and I cringed every time I was called on for the entire school year.
We never quite thought of expectant parents having a baby naming strategy until we saw this question over in the forums.(So thanks, drhenry, for the inspiration.)
But then we realized this was an intriguing idea and that in fact, we’d had baby naming strategies of our own — different ones for different babies.
But enough about us: What’s YOUR baby naming strategy?
Spend months collecting every theoretical name possibility, researching and discussing them all, and then debating the final choice days after the baby is born?
Swapping Top Ten lists with the baby’s other parent until you winnow it down to one choice you both can live with?
We’ve now posed more than sixty Questions of the Week– covering topics from nicknames to namesakes to namenapping to name crushes. But I’ll bet there’s some query you’ve been wishing we’d put on the table. Maybe it’s a topic that’s been up on the Message Boards that you’d like to hear further opinions on. Maybe it’s something that hasn’t been discussed at all.
For that reason, we’re turning the tables this week and asking you berries to suggest a future Question of the Week. We’ll pick the most provocative one(s) and post it here.