I’m preg­nant. Can tech help me name my baby?

T3 - - Gadget Guru - TaraGod­win,Is le of Shep­pey

AOne of Big Daddy GaGu’s more un­usual re­quests, this one, but he’s happy to help. There are many sites on­line with big lists of baby names, which Guru is sure you’re al­ready ac­quainted with. They gen­er­ally con­sist of a dif­fi­cult-to-nav­i­gate cat­a­logue, with the per­ceived or his­tor­i­cal mean­ing of each name at­tached; re­search is rec­om­mended be­fore you make a de­ci­sion. If it’s a boy, for in­stance, you can avoid call­ing him Gideon (‘Stump for a hand’) or Kennedy (de­rived from the Gaelic for ‘ugly head’). And if you’re hav­ing a girl, Guru would avoid the name Por­tia, given that it es­sen­tially means ‘pig’.

Info from the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics ( ons.gov.uk) will help clue you in on the most- and least-used names from the last year. Not that this should in­flu­ence your de­ci­sion, but if you don’t want your kid to be the fourth Olivia or Oliver in class, it might be best to look near the bot­tom of the list.

Par­ents of prospec­tive NFL play­ers, or those look­ing for more orig­i­nal­ity, might want to gen­er­ate some­thing com­pletely fresh. You could try name-gen­er­a­tor.org.uk (which in­cludes the hi­lar­i­ous ques­tion ‘Do you care if your baby can never fit his/her name on a form?’) although its sug­ges­tions are of­ten rather con­ven­tional and use­less. Us­ing the tool at be­hindthename.com/ran­dom, on the other hand, of­fers up re­sults based on her­itage or other cri­te­ria – Guru se­lected ‘wrestler’, and will def­i­nitely be nam­ing his next child ‘Rhi­no­quake Dou­bleslam’.

If your prob­lem is not so much orig­i­nal­ity as con­sen­sus, in­stall the app Baby­name (£free, but some fea­tures locked be­hind IAP) on yours and your part­ner’s phones, then go full Tin­der on it. Swipe right on the names you like, and it’ll gen­er­ate a list of your matches, hope­fully be­fore the lit­tle blighter makes its way out­side.

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