How to name your baby: A guide
The best way to name a baby is to pick the right name, said Arundhati Bhattacharya, author of The Name Game: How to Name Your Baby.
Bhattatcharya, a professor at Harvard University, explained that when people think of names, they are thinking of someone with some kind of special quality, whether that is a good look, a unique personality, or a certain physical trait.
And if you want to name the baby that’s best, Bhattacherarya said, “You need to pick a name that has the power to transform someone’s life.”
And while you can pick your name, Bhatacharya advises using a name you love.
The only names that work are ones that have a clear meaning and are easy to pronounce.
Bhatatcharya said a good way to pick out a baby name is to look for names with a few letters and some syllables.
And as for how you choose your baby name, “It really depends on your level of confidence,” she said.
Bhetacharya said she is more attracted to names with some rhyme and reason.
For example, Bhanu, the name of a famous Indian actress, comes from the word for woman.
“So the idea is to create something that will have a powerful effect on her life and inspire her to be independent and take up a new career.”
And Bhatticharya said the most important factor is to think about how you want the baby to be raised.
“When I was looking for a name for my daughter, I went for names that are not only memorable but also easy to say,” she explained.
“I picked the name Bhanuvati, which is a word that describes the quality of the woman’s hair and body.
I’m sure you can guess how I feel about the name.”
Bhattitcharya also said she likes names that have an emotional component, like Bhairu, a word for happiness.
The name is a reference to the goddess Bhaira, who is said to be able to give birth to all children.
“If you think of a baby’s name with a strong emotional component like that, then it will also make them feel more connected to their mother,” Bhaticharya explained.
And Bhatchericharya is particularly impressed by names with the ability to communicate something positive.
“In my opinion, the most powerful words for a baby are ‘love’ and ‘strength,'” she said, adding that the word ‘strength’ is the strongest of all the names in her book.
Bhaumikeshwar Pandey, an editor at The New York Times who has written extensively about child development, said that Bhatanyakshwar’s books are not just about names, but also about parenting and learning about how to make babies feel special.
“It’s a wonderful book, and a very insightful book.
The most powerful way to create a baby who is unique is to give them names that reflect that,” Pandey said.
“You don’t want to just pick the name that sounds right for your baby.
You want a name with the power of a symbol that makes them feel a certain way.
And that’s what Bhatitchary is doing.”
Read more about babies and babies names at: The New American Library of Indian and Pakistani Literature, The New World Library, The University of Pennsylvania, The U.S. Department of Education, and The Harvard University Press.