How To Pick Your New Baby’s Name

With the slew of lists, blogs and websites out there about baby names, it won’t be hard to make an initial list. Many parents-to-be already have names they love but for those that don’t, it could take time. My best advice is to start as early as possible.

Last year, I started a blog post series about the names on my banners. I love my name series because it allows me to connect with the experiences of my customers and their story.

How to Pick Your New Baby's Name

So first thing to do with your partner is make a list of your top boys’ and girls’ names. I’ll be listing some great sites below to help you with your list. Also, get family and friends involved! It’s such a fun time and people love to be part of your story.

Here are some things to think about when choosing your new baby’s name:

  • Will your child be named after a parent or grandparent?
  • Do you love a celebrity and would love to call your child that name?
  • What initials will they have?
  • Does your religion have special names that mean something to you?
  • Will your child be a ‘junior’? Example Joe Junior.
  • Will you be choosing a middle name? Perhaps a grandparent’s name? Or another name that’s special to you?
  • What does the name mean? How do you pronounce it?
  • What are potential nicknames? For example my son is Matteo John so he can be Matt, MJ or Matty.
  • We’ve seen celebrities name their kids Apple, North, Blue etc. Do these inspire you to choose a different type of name?
  • If you do choose an unusual name, make sure it’s legal in your country.

Here are some great sites to look up baby names:

Did you find your child’s name through a website? Did you name your child after a family member? What about a celebrity? I would love to hear how you found yours. Feel free to comment below.

Website launch Anniversary

Exactly one year ago today we launched Knock Knock Banners website!! The amazing Dahna Weber, CEO of MINC and her team did an amazing job understanding our vision and a year later we still love it. It fully embraces our brand and beauty of all our banners. Our site provides our visitors with information about us and what we do, updated with the latest information about our products and it’s user-friendly navigation makes it easy to browse through our pages.

To celebrate this anniversary we are launching our new 2014 Christmas collection. We have new adorable Christmas Bedroom Door Banners and Christmas Family Name Banners that sparkle with the joy and spirit of Christmas.  Santa's Furry Friends Door Banner Winter Wonderful Door BannerChristmas Family Name BannerThis past year has been awesome and we’ve met amazing new friends from all over the world. A huge thank you to our clients, fans and followers and we look forward to another year ahead!!

Helen

What’s in a name?

We hope you enjoyed Jacob’s 'What’s in a Name' blog post last week.

Jacob’s sister Josie followed 3 years later and her parents didn’t take long to decide her name. They  decided on the name Josie although the version Josy or Josie was never decided. After a very long labor, Mom was exhausted and let Dad choose the spelling and so Josie it was :)

According to babynamewizard.com Josie comes from Josephine and means ‘God will add’ in Hebrew. It’s pronounced JOH-zee and nicknames for Josie are Jo-Jo and Jo.

Famous real-life people named Josie:

Josie Maran, American fashion supermodel (born Johanna Maran)
Josie Bissett, American actress (born Jolyn Bissett)
Josie Loren, American actress

Josie in song, story & screen:

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie - song by Donovan
Josie - song by Steely Dan
Josie - song by Blink 182

This is Josie’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Josie or any variation of the name? It is a fun name and Josie is lucky to called both nicknames Jo and Jo-Jo.

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Stay tuned for another blog post of a name from a clients banner.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Helen

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What’s in a Name?

We hope you enjoyed our first “What’s in a Name” blog post last week. Josie and Jacob are brother and sister and their birthdays are a month apart. They each got as a gift their own birthday banners for their rooms. Josie loves her birthday princess banner and Jacob has fun showing off his soccer birthday banner to his friends.

Jacob’s parents each made their own list of baby names. Since he was the first born the search was long. Mom and Dad shared their lists but unfortunately neither of them liked the others. One day they decided on Jacob and that was that!

According to behindthename.com Jacob is pronounced JAY-keb and other variations are Jaycob and Jakob (Swedish/Norwegian/Danish). Wikipedia states that Jacob was the most popular boys name in the US from 1999 to 2012. It is derived from the Greek name lakobos and Hebrew name Yaakov. In the old testament his name is explained as the ‘holder of heel’ or ‘supplanter’.

Here are some famous people named Jacob according to Babynamefacts.com:

JACOB ABBOTT, Author
JACOB D. BEAM, Diplomat
JACOB BELL, football player
JACOB BENDER, football player
JACOB BIGELOW, Botanist
JACOB BRUMFIELD, baseball player
JACOB CLEAR, 2008 Olympic athlete - Australia - Canoe/Kayak Flatwater
JACOB CRUZ, baseball player
JACOB EPSTEIN, Sculptor
JACOB FIGNER, football player
JACOB FORD, football player
JACOB GIBB, 2008 Olympic athlete - United States - Beach Volleyball
JACOB H. GILBERT, Politician
JACOB GRIFFIN, football player

This is Jacob’s story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Jacob or any variation of the name? It is a very popular name!

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process in selecting your child’s name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Stay tuned for Josie’s story next week :)
Helen

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What’s in a name?

Welcome to my first blog post in my series on the origins of children's names. The concept of my company began with wanting our son Matteo's name displayed on everything we bought for his room and around the house. Before going to China, we thoroughly researched names and narrowed the list down to a few. I was going through the list with my sister and niece and they came up with other names as well. One of them happened to be Matteo which we immediately adored! As my husband and I were heading to China, we couldn't wait to meet Matteo and teach him his new name. We loved it and could hardly wait to have Matteo's name proudly displayed in his room.

According to BabyNamesWorld.com one of the origins and meanings of the name Matteo is described as gift of God and originated from Italy. It's pronounced “mah TEH oh”. Other similar names are Mateo and Mathew.

Other famous people through history with the name Matteo (from Wikipedia) :

Matteo Bandello, Italian novelist
Matteo Bisiani, Italian archer
Matteo Maria Boiardo, Italian Renaissance poet
Matteo Carcassi, famous guitarist and composer
Matteo Ferrari, Italian football player who currently plays for Montreal Impact
Matteo Goffriller, renowned 18th-century Italian cello maker
Matteo Messina Denaro, Italian criminal. Is on the top 10 most wanted list of the world
Matteo Perez d'Aleccio, Italian painter of devotional, historical and maritime subjects
Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister
Matteo Ricci, Italian Catholic missionary in China
Matteo Sereni, Italian football goalkeeper
Matteo Stefanini, Italian rower
Matteo Tosatto, Italian cyclist who rides for Quick Step-Innergetic in the UCI ProTour
Matteo Vittucci, Italian-American dancer, known professionally as Matteo

This is our story and we would love to hear yours. Did you name your child Matteo or any variation of the name? It’s a popular name these days!

Was your child named after a family member? Celebrity? What was your process to select the name? We would love to hear your "how I named my baby" story.

Stay tuned for another blog post of one of the names on our clients banner.

I look forward to hearing from you!
Helen

PS sign up to my blog posts to follow our name series as well as events, sales and news.