Along those same lines, think about what your kid’s initials could spell out, advises Jennifer Moss, the founder & CEO of BabyNames.com and the author of The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book. “Middle initials are used a lot, so make sure they don’t spell out anything like H.O.G.,” she says. Other combos to avoid: S.O.B., G.A.S. and D.O.G.
“To me, initials are as important as the entire name,” agrees mom Paula B. “I really liked the name 'Evan', and I dreamed of a son with the initials 'EJ' for years. Although I never would have selected it as his first name, James ended up being perfect as a middle name.”