girl holding a sunflowerIf you have a name in mind, first check to see if that name doesn’t have an odd meaning in another language. For example, the internationally known name ‘Cerdo’ means ‘pig’ in Spanish. You wouldn’t want your child to be teased when he’s in a Spanish speaking country, would you?

Our advice: As soon as you have a name in mind, check its meaning in other countries. You can do this, for instance, by typing in the name in online dictionaries for various languages. Try to avoid picking a name that has an awkward meaning in another country, and thus could cause problems for your child while traveling or at work.