This is for all you folks planning on starting a family. I want to give you my advice on how to choose a name for your little one. First of all, say the name out-loud, include first, middle(s) and last name. If you are all already expecting and the little one starts kicking up a storm, it means they do not approve. By saying the name out-loud you will avoid names that just do not flow well or honestly do not make sense. You can avoid naming your son “Perry Perry” for example.
Next tip, if you want a Bobby or Barbara, use that as their first name, not middle name. My father, sister and “the old guy” are all examples of people being known by their middle name. This creates all kinds of issues with legal documents. Custom officials can be very picky about names on passports. I recall one time when my Father was at a bank and had to sign a document. He turned to my Mom and asked “who am I today?”. Not only did he use his middle name but also he switched around how he identified with his initials. Sometimes he used the first initial and middle name and other times he would use first name and middle initial and a variety of combinations of the same. Today he would likely not be able to get a passport with his variety of names.
Another issue with people using their middle name occurs during a medical emergency. Recently “the old guy” had to be transported by ambulance to emergency and later spent time in the local hospital. Everywhere he went they called him by his first name and he did not respond immediately. Finally, I asked them to make on note on his chart that he identified by his middle name. Near the end of his hospital stay he was answering to both names. Spare your new-born this confusion.
Now the real issue with yours truly. Please do not think the need to use a funky spelling of your child’s name. If there is a readily accepted spelling of the chosen name, go with that. I have never met anyone yet who would automatically spell my first name correctly. As soon as I am asked for my name I start spelling it for them. As I say L. I. L.L, they make note and the pen is posed to make a curvy Y, when I continue with I.E.. This totally perplexes them. You may decide to go with a historic name, a name of a character in a book or even from Greek Tragedy but you must be aware that spelling will be a challenge for their lifetime. When preparing to continue my education after high school I applied for my birth certificate and was shocked to find out that my grandmother had filled out the paperwork for my birth spelling my name with a Y. At this point in my life, all my medical and education documents identified me as Lillie. To make it simple I paid the government to amend my birth certificate. It was so much easier than trying to change my personal history.
Now that I have expressed my opinion on how to name your child I am sure that you will still make your own decisions. Good luck to you and little Igor.