Naming your child is a very personal thing, but some places have serious regulations on what you can choose. Many countries have a list of names that you can pick from. If you want to choose something else there has to be a good reason – and you have to apply and get it approved. Often, the approval does not go through. Then there are other countries where you can name your child just about anything you like. That’s good for personal freedom, but it also allows parents to choose names for their children that the children might struggle with. A child can often get his or her name changed when turning eighteen, but eighteen years is a long time to deal with a name that’s embarrassing or causes the child to be teased by others.
Before you name your baby, find out if there are any regulations on naming. If there’s an approved list to choose from, take a good look at it in advance and give it some thought. If you really want to choose a different, unapproved name, apply early and be clear about your reasons. Be sure you don’t choose something that’s offensive. In countries where there are basically no restrictions at all, you should still think carefully about what to name your child. Consider something that’s easy to spell and pronounce. If you want to give your child a unique or cultural name, you can always use that as a middle name. That gives the child the option to use it, but allows for a first name that’s considered ‘normal’ in the country and culture where you live.
That can help your child avoid teasing in school, and can also allow him or her to get better jobs when older, because there are still cultural and racial biases in the world today. Many of these are based on the assumption of who a person is based on his or her name. If you avoid giving your child a unique name, this bias won’t be a problem for your child as he or she gets older.