Picking a name for your baby may seem exciting at first, but many soon-to-be parents grow frustrated by the challenge of naming their unborn child. Much of this stress comes from the pressure of trying to appease relatives and friends while simultaneously coming up with a name they like and won’t grow tired of. In addition to that, many expectant parents want to choose a name that holds significance in meaning and question how to do this without yet knowing the personality of their child. In spite of all these concerns, there are a few ways to make the naming process fun and easier.

One of the ways to go about the naming process is by prioritizing what matters most to you. Perhaps you are most concerned with the sound of the name. If so, focus on finding the sounds you like most by finding the common thread between the names on your list. For example, you may find that many of the names you like start with “L” or end in “la”, and this may lead you to search for names that combine these two characteristics (like names starting with “L” and ending with “la”). If you prioritize sound, this may help you narrow down your baby name search.

Perhaps you prioritize something else, such as the meaning of the name. In this case, it may be more helpful to create your list based off names that mean something to you, or qualities that you value. In doing this, you can then research different name meanings based on varying cultures and histories. This may also be a good option for those who prioritize finding a name based on their ethnicity and heritage.

These are just a couple of methods that may ease the naming process, as you find what you and your partner prioritize most in finding the name that best suits your child. For more information on how to pursue the naming process, check out this article.

Also, if you feel at a complete loss and don’t know where to begin, feel free to check out this list of the currently most popular names to kickstart the process.