birth certificateIf you decide to give your child more than one name, take notice of the first letters. What do the initials spell? Deborah Undine Marie Barstone (D.U.M.B.) or Hank Andrew Gilbert (H.A.G.) are not the best choice. And the same goes for Paige Ianna Gibbon (P.I.G.), Richard Isaac Preston (R.I.P.) or Oliver John Simpson (O.J. Simpson), for instance.

Our advice: Consider the initials of both the first and last names. See to it that these don’t form any awkward combinations. It’s usually not that hard to avoid combinations with a negative connotation by replacing a name with one that’s similar to it. Finally, to avoid misunderstandings, don’t choose names for your children that start with the same letter.