If you’re looking for a new Haitian name, but don’t know where to start, this blog post is for you! I’ve compiled 11 of the best tips from my own experiences with naming ceremonies. Not only will these help you find an awesome moniker, they’ll also make the process easier and more enjoyable.
Tip #11: Be open-minded.
Finding the perfect Haitain name can be hard, but don’t give up! You’ll find that you have many options when researching names and some might just strike your fancy. Just remember to be open minded about what a “Haitian” name is or sounds like because there are so many different cultures under one flag – Haitian culture itself has changed over time due to colonization which influences how we view our own heritage today.
Now for my top ten tips on naming ceremonies in general:
TIP #01: Have a list of potential baby names handy before going to see the priest/priestess (or vodouisant) who will help guide you
- Start with the basics: A name is a lot more than just what you call your kid. It tells about where they came from, their family heritage and tradition; it can even tell us something about who they are or could be someday.
- If in doubt, consider how others would say their child’s name before naming them anything at all.
- In many Haitian cultures, names come first and last as one word (so if someone was named Marcel Jean Baptiste but became known simply as “Baptiste”), this should be taken into consideration when deciding on a baby name for yourself or loved ones to honor both parents’ ancestry.
- Names are not gender specific – so don’t worry that by choosing Kim
- Keep in mind that your name means something.
- Choose a name meaning you feel would suit the occasion best. For example, if you have to give a speech or presentation, choose one with positive sounding resonance and energy for success.
- If you are expecting (or know someone who is) it’s nice to include an element of hope in the design of your child’s birth certificate when naming them; this way they will always be reminded how important their future is to us as parents! Names like Destiny, Miracle and Promise work well here. -Honour family members by choosing names that sound similar to theirs but stand out from them at the same time so every person can still find individuality within themselves even amongst
Tip #11: Start with a good name.
Start by naming your child after an ancestor or family member that you admire. This will be both meaningful and memorable, especially for the Haitian culture where children are named after deceased relatives in order to honor them. The descent of names is also important because it’s usually shared among members of one extended family group or lineage. For example, people who share the last name Smith typically trace their heritage back to ancestors with the same surname.
In contrast, start with any random name on this list of popular baby girl names from parents magazine? You may find some inspiration there! But don’t forget our first rule–make sure it starts with a letter between A-Z so
- Read your favorite book and see what names are in it
- Find out what your ancestors were called. The name Jarrod is a form of the Irish name O’Reilly
- Check baby naming sites like Nameberry, BabyCenter or What to Expect When You’re Expecting – they will have tons of new ideas for you!
- Brainstorm with friends and family about possible alternatives that could work for you. Together, think up different combinations of letters that might be used as first initials and last initial (e.g., Taylor G). Write them down so when one sticks out at you later on, there’s another idea waiting in the wings!
- Keep reading: this blog post has more tips for you!
- Join a name discussion group on Facebook. There’s one that has over 16,00 members and is an invaluable resource for finding different naming ideas (just search “Haitian baby names” in the Facebook search bar!)
- Read old Haitian proverbs or expressions for other possible inspiration. For example, Kofi Bela means strength of character
Pick up some books from your local library or bookstore about what it’s like to be Haitian American. You might find words that could inspire you when you’re looking at lists of names! Some good ones are The Inheritance by Edwidge Danticat; In My Father’s House by Renee Pittman Mitchell; and, A Breath of Fresh Air by Edwidge Danticat Read the list of names in your favorite novels. This is an easy way to find new first and middle name ideas Some good ones are To Kill a Mockingbird; The Catcher in the Rye; or, Wuthering Heights
Look up various African gods and goddesses and see if any strike you as a possible inspiration for naming. Some might not be Haitian but they may still have relevant associations that will inspire! Try looking at these websites: Mythology – Gods & Goddesses from Africa | Henaakkahiki’s Blog on Names (scroll down)
]If none of this seems to help.. don’t worry! There is a lot of inspiration out there. Check your favorite book genres (mystery, romance, fantasy) for possible names
Some examples are: The Maze Runner; Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince; or, The Hunger Games
In these three books, you can find some really great first and middle name combinations that may work well with your child’s personality. My favorites in this category are from Harry Potter – but they’re all great reads! One last suggestion.. pick up one of those baby naming magazines at Barnes & Noble before coming to me for help ;) They have lots of options too!! “Contemporary Baby Names” has listings by letter through page 304!! I might not be able to name your baby, but I can definitely help you find a name!
Research family names or other relatives to see if any of them would work for your child
First time parents may not know this already – it’s okay!! You’re going to do an amazing job as a parent :) There are plenty of resources out there. One suggestion is Ancestry.com which has an extensive list of genealogy records and information on births, marriages, deaths..etc. They also have helpful hints like “searching tips” that include common last name misspellings (Owens/Owns), ethnic variations in spelling (Perez) and more. It really helped me when I was looking up my mother’s maiden name ;) – Look up what the name means or originates from. Sometimes you will find that a certain meaning resonates with your family’s culture, which can give it more significance to you and your child – You don’t have to go traditional! There are hundreds of unique baby names out there. If you’re not sure where to start, one way is by looking at celebrity babies.. (we all know how famous they get ;) ) One suggestion: take their first letter as inspiration – ie H for Harry Styles or S for Sophia Grace) Eldest Tip: The most important thing while naming your little bundle of joy? Make sure it sounds like them..not just now but when they grow up too! A