How to name a baby by mixing the parents' first names

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How to name a baby by mixing the parents' first names
Every child deserves a beautiful name. (baby image by Diane Stamatelatos from

Naming your baby is an exciting and potentially stressful experience. Balancing tradition with appeal and meaning isn't an easy task. Combining your and your spouse's first names is a creative way to give your baby a unique name with a personal meaning. Use a variety of methods to dissect, scramble and reassemble both your names until you find the perfect one.

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    Break down the most versatile syllables and sounds in the parental names. Two parents named Jeremy and Christine, for example, could extract "jer" "my" "chr" and "tine" and reassemble them in several unique name combinations. Possible name combinations from this particular set include Jerstine, Chrismey, Jerchris and Chrisjer.

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    Rearrange the letters within the parents' names to form a completely new baby name. The connection may not be as obvious between the two parents' names in this method, but you will have more flexibility. Using the scramble method, the names Christine and Jeremy quickly become Jestri, Imey, Hetem and Reim.

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    Add a foreign pronunciation to the parents' names. Perhaps the best known example of this method was the late JonBenet Ramsey, whose name was pronounced with a French accent and sounded like Shawnbenay Ramsey. You can hyphenate or combine both parents' full names with the overtures of a country or language that is appropriate to your heritage or someplace in the world you both love.

Tips and warnings

  • Test out possible name combinations with friends and relatives without telling them the pronunciation and see which ones are easiest to read. A certain name may sound beautiful but could sentence your child to a lifetime of mispronunciation and correction.

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