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Name Game: What will Will & Kate call their baby?

9:45 AM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Proud parents Prince William and Kate Middleton were beaming as they introduced their new baby to the world Tuesday.

The new family left a London hospital yesterday. Now that the world has seen the baby, the next big question is what will be the name of the newest heir to the British throne.

Picking the right name for a child is high pressure assignment for any parent, so why should it be any different for the world's most famous new parents - Kate Middleton and Prince William, or should I say Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis?

The couple is known for breaking with tradition, so will they give their baby multiple family names which is common for members of the monarchy?   Maybe. But, experts say that may not be wise for us regular folks.

"The name is really our first impression and it gives other people an idea of who we are and so when we say our name we need to feel good about our name and so we need to like it and show people who we are through our name,"  said  Dr. Adelle Cadieux, a child psychologist with Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Studies show too unusual of a name can lead to playground bullying, influence a child's self esteem and future job opportunities.  It can also influence they way other's perceive them, for better or worse.

"The right name is going to be different for every family and every child. And it is really about the parents choosing a name that feels good to them and feels like it is going to capture the essence of their child and show they really put in a lot of thought and care into that first impression that a child is going to have, which is their name."

You may remember celebrity parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West recently named their daughter North West.  

Cadieux says parents may want to reconsider picking names that are too unique, too long, hard to pronounce or names more fitting for the opposite sex.

The baby name game is a big deal. There are tons of websites and books devoted to the topic. Different parents use different strategies when it comes to deciding on a baby name.  The one thing they have in common is the fact that their children will have to live with those names forever.


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