I have a few that i always follow:
1) None of the names can start with the same letter/sound
2) Must have a postive meaning
3) first and middle flow well
4) middle has meaning to me
5) names flow well as a sibset (same style)
6) not a requirement, but I like the names not to all end in the same sound ie Lily, Ruby, Rosy and ivy. It just sounds really matchy.
`Nicknames ending in "y" or "ie" should almost always be spelled with an "ie". Allie, Mollie, Daisie (i know, i know)
`Also I love girls names that go vowel-double-consonant-vowel. like names with etta, ella, elle, or anna in them (but not by themselves)
`Also. If a name can be correctly spelled with a C, even if the K version is common, it MUST BE SPELLED WITH A C. i.e. Catherine vs Katherine
`Sibsets can share a letter, as long as the beginning sounds are different and do not rhyme (not *too* repetitive for the last syllables...). Also applies to possible nicknames. (Abby and Alex? Okay. ALice and ALex? no. Addison "Addy" and Abigail "Abby"? Abby and Addy? No.)
`Sibsets are important. They have to "go".
`Remember Initials and Monograms
`Uncommon Nicknames, or Nicknames that help make a name more "usable" (though a name should be pretty usable to begin with) = Yes.
`Popular = Okay (Nothing in the top 50-ish though)
`Trendy or Hipster = Maybe
`Whackball = No
Idk, color me oddball.
Name must be spelled traditionally
No uni-sex first names
First name popularity cannot be in the top 100
First or middle name must have some family significance
First and middle name meanings must go together
First, middle, and last names cannot have the same number of syllables (for example, Percy George Darrellson rather than Jackson Thomas David)
Sibling names cannot start with the same letter (exception with twins lol)
Siblings of the same gender need names with the same number of syllables (for example Lily Grace and Rosa May)
The biggiein our house is: No family names! We're in the minority here but we have a "new person, new name" policy. This has caused us to ditch several beautiful names which are variants of family members, but rules are rules! Our little babe will be the first grandchild on either side of the family and there'd be jealousy and resentment from one party or the other if we picked out one person to honour. Also it means we'll never have to use a name we don't like because of family significance, and we'll never have to choose first names based on how they flow with non-negotiable middles.
1. Must Age Well. I have to be able to visualize the name on everything from a baby to a grandparent or I couldn't do it.
2. No Bad Meanings/Connotations
3. Easy to spell/pronounce
4. Has at least 2 nn options (I have like 50 different nns for my pets, so this one's important in order for them not to end up with random nns)
5. If someone living a century ago heard my kids names they wouldn't think anything of it.
1. Must include a saint name
2. Should preferably include a literary character
3. Must match in style/feel
4. No terrible combinations of initials
5. A letter can't be used more than twice for sibling names
4. First name can't be a word name or a nickname-name
5. First can be popular but NOT trendy (ex: William is great but Aiden is not.)
6. Generally names should be long with a few good potential nicknames
1. FN or MN or both must be a Saint's name or contain some reference to a Saint
2. Sib-sets cannot be polar opposites (no Mercedes and Riordan), so ultimately some kind of 'theme'
3. Popularity does not matter (Luke & Zoe being loved too much)
4. No incredibly easy to tease name (i.e. Mercedes-Benz is a nice car brand, so what can kids say? But no Ford's or Chevy's)
5. No matchy-matchy names (love Prosper and Peter, but had to choose)
6. Lastly, I must feel that if I wouldn't mind bearing the name myself (For boy names, I usually ask my brothers if they would mind having the name such-and-such, and I accept their answers unless they give a stupid reason [such as, "I never heard of it. It's stupid" or, "I know an annoying person with that name" suffice to say, my brothers are not name enthusiasts])
I like it.
My husband likes it.
First or middle name honors a family member.
There are so many excellent names out there that I can't use bc hubby doesn't like them. I wouldn't want to limit myself further.
1. I must like it.
2. SO must like it.
That's about it as far as "rules" go. There are some things I tend to go for... But they're not necessarily rules.
1. I gravitate towards nature names.
2. I like to avoid biblical names unless I absolutely love it as a name.
3. I generate a picture/scene of the name-bearer in my head and must like what I see (if I can't even get a picture then the name is out).
4. Debating whether or not I should start doing two middle names and reserve the second place for family names.
5. I hate nicknames.
6. SO and I seem to prefer four-letter names.
That's my name... Stuff.
Names should give the kid some options, they should be able to go by a nickname or their full name or be able to switch to their middle name if they want, and these options should include by traditional and unusual to give them options depending on their personality. This means names that are ever going to be seriously considered can't have any nicknames that I don't like, nicknames can't be used as given names and that an unusual name has to be paired with something more 'normal' and vice versa as well as I must love the middle name as well as the first, can't just be there for flow. The most important thing is the name has to feel right.