My parents named me Olga for several reasons. One of them was the fact that this name is short and easy to pronounce. Maybe they somehow felt that I would go to live abroad. Unfortunately, they didn't predict that we'll end up in the Netherlands where the Dutch deform this name in the most terrible manner by pronouncing it „Olcha”.
But this only shows how difficult it is to name a child. You have to think well whether to name the children after their grandmother, grandfather or maybe after somebody else. On top of that, the name has to sound well, and if it means something, it's even better! The name can't be too weird, or too popular. So many rules to observe!
And this is only for people who live in their own country. I will take Poland as an example because the names are often very different from the ones that you might know. What about the Polish people who went abroad or have a non-Polish spouse? They have even more dilemmas. For example: should we give our child a Polish or an international name, or maybe a totally foreign one? Polish names are beautiful, but they often have letters and sounds that do not exist in other languages.So, there is also the problem whether you should name our child Małgorzata or Margaret, Katarzyna or Catherine? You get the idea.
What to do in such a case? This depends on the family. Many families look for names that can be found in Polish as well as in other languages. We wanted names that could be pronounced and spelled the same way in Polish and German, hence our daughters are called Klara and Julia. In German, you can spell Klara with a "C", but this is not possible in Polish (or it would be pronounced Tslara), this is why our daughter is called Klara. "Julia" (pronounced "Yulia") is a similar case. In the same way, my Polish friends named their children „Antoni”, „Antonina”, or „Artur”. There are many other, beautiful Polish names that work internationally: „Natalia”, „Daniel”, „Adam” The choice is big.
Other Polish friends chose another way: they gave their children foreign (non-Polish) names: Jennifer, Ellen, Emma. I love these names, and it doesn't matter that they are not Polish. Actually, I would see this as an opportunity: you can give your child an original name without having to explain this to your family!
There are many methods and many ways to find a beautiful name for your child. One thing is clear, though: naming a child is never easy, and if you live abroad, there might be other issues as well.
How did you name your child? What were the reasons behind your decision?