Choosing a name for your baby is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make. But did you know that bubba’s name reflects your values, tastes, as well as the dreams and ambitions you have for her? If we’ve piqued your interest, read on!
William or Alexandra
The Traditionalist… You prefer names that have been out of favour for decades and even centuries. Royal baby names appeal to you, too — perfect for your future princess!
BABY’S MOST LIKELY TO BECOME... A doctor or lawyer.
WHAT THIS CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU... You’re a diehard. While there’s not a lot of imagination or innovation in your name choice, everyone’s going to accept it. Your baby’s name will also stand the test of time.
James, Lucinda or Charlotte
The Sentimentalist… You trawl the family tree looking for old-fashioned names — it could be great-grandpa Anthony or a distant aunt called Ida.
BABY’S MOST LIKELY TO BECOME... A teacher or lecturer.
WHAT THIS CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU... You’re not only honouring someone who was important in your life, you'll be giving the new generation a connection to an ancestor they’ll never meet. There's also a strong desire to carry on your lineage and in extreme cases, this can get narcissistic. Did you know that boxing legend George Foreman named all five of his sons George?
Otis, Blake, Arizona or Lulu
The Hipster… You only choose names that are either inspired by music, art or geographical locations. To show how cultured and well-read you are, literary characters (Atticus from To Kill A Mockingbird) or old-school rock stars can spur your imagination. By the way, if you hope your kid really stands out from the crowd, you can turn to plant and food names like Juniper, Clover, Maple (what’s not to like?), Olive and of course, every hipster’s favourite superfood, Kale!
BABY’S MOST LIKELY TO BECOME... A blogger or freelance designer.
WHAT THIS CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU... You’re the latte-sipping, thrift-store-shopping, social-media-savvy hipster who shops organic, makes your own baby food and will most likely homeschool junior.
Unique monikers like naming your child after a fruit or a direction (or two! — North West, anyone?), will make heads turn.
Asher, Nehemiah, Ezra, Faith or Bethany
The Bible Baby… If you come from a devout family, it’s highly likely you’ll select names that have their roots in sacred references. Some longtime favourites — Jacob, Isaac, Moses, Joshua and Samuel, or Leah, Naomi, Abigail and Sarah for girls — have meaningful stories behind the names. But there are artistes who have made some out-there choices in this category, like rocker Pete Wentz who named his son Saint Lazslo!
BABY MOST LIKELY TO BECOME... A social worker.
WHAT THIS CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU... You signal your Christian faith by choosing names of Old Testament prophets. The non-religious choose theirs because they want an unusual name that doesn’t sound made up.
Skye, Wren, Blossom or Willow
The Eco-Centric… You prefer nature-inspired names like River, Soleil or Summer Rain. You don’t mind selecting names associated with exotic blooms like Azalea or Camellia, or granny-chic ones too, like Rose or Lily. But you might want to think twice about naming your child Sage Moonblood (Sylvester Stallone’s son).
BABY’S MOST LIKELY TO BECOME... A vegan.
WHAT THIS CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU... You’re a free spirit. You enjoy the outdoors and want your child to develop an appreciation for its beauty. You are also into conserving energy, recycling and sustainable eating. You’re quite likely to have green fingers, too.
Zed (Fann Wong’s son), Ashton or Zoe
The Celeb Wannabe… You crave the star power of the celebrities, so you’ll dig trendy and unique monikers like naming your kid after a fruit, a direction (or two! — North West, anyone?) or pick a name from a surname, like Jolie.
BABY’S MOST LIKELY TO BECOME... Writer, poet or musician.
WHAT THIS CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU... You select one-of-a-kind name, so people will sit up and take notice. But will you still like the attention if your child is called Moxie CrimeFighter (daughter of American comedian Penn Jillette), Audio Science (son of actress Shannyn Sossamon) or Tu Morrow (daughter of actor Rob Morrow)?
Delphine, Amelie, Leora, Stellan or Jonas
The Continentalists… European- sounding names are always in vogue — they sound exotic, yet don’t come across too outlandish or eccentric, like Ezio or Paloma.
BABY’S MOST LIKELY TO BECOME... A model or fashion designer.
WHAT THIS CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU... You are well-travelled and like to be perceived as cosmopolitan.
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The name game
Proud parents share the stories behind their children’s names with us…
“Our son’s zodiac sign is Leo because he was born in August. I suggested the name ‘Leo’ but my wife wanted something ‘special’. So, we decided on ‘Liev’ after ﬁnding out that’s the way the Russians pronounce Leo.”
— Ng Zhi Mao, 30, senior HR executive and dad to Liev Ng Yujie, 19 months.
“Our ﬁrstborn is named Quintus because we were inspired by the name of Cecilia Cheung’s son!”
— Chan Pui Mun, 30, corporate secretarial manager and mum to Quintus Nga, 8 months.
“As my husband is half-Japanese, we naturally wanted a name with Japanese origins. Keizo means ‘man of blessing or blessed’.”
— Angelia Tan, 25 , stay-at-home-mum to Keizo Yong, 4 months.
“Rio was born in the year of the World Cup, which was held in Brazil. As soccer fans, my hubby and I decided to call him ‘Rio’, which also means river. We believe water brings good fortune and hope that when he grows up, everything will be smooth sailing for him.”
— Lenette Tan, 29, optometrist, and mum to Rio, 7 months, and Cruise, 3 .
“Our children all have three-syllable names that begin with “Je”. For our youngest child, the football team Juventus came to mind as it means “youth”, but we changed it to Jeventus, instead. We hope our son will grow up to be a champion some day.”
— Tay Boon Hin, 31, retail manager and mum to Jeventus, 4 months, Jerrico, 6 , and Jevontae, 8.
“Ever is a mixed-race baby — I’m Chinese-Eurasian and my husband is Malay. Everyone thought our relationship would never work out because of cultural and religious differences, but we got married anyway, despite our families’ objections. We named our ﬁrstborn, Ever, as we truly believe she’s our ‘happy ever after’.”
— Ferrinn Wong, 32, stay-at-home mum to Ever Wong Juraimie, 1.