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There are millions of interesting names that have been used throughout the history of the world with meanings that represent a wide variety of sentiments and ideals. Still, even with so many names from which to choose, some parents are still inspired to invent names for their children by combining other names or words or by creating a new word entirely.
 A Few Simple Rules
If you are game for the creative challenge of inventing a name, be sure to keep the following points in mind as you embark on this process:
 Where To Begin
Understandably, creating a new name is a daunting process. Most people lack an in-depth understanding of onomastics, the study of the origin of names, which could lead to unintended results, like a new name that actually has a derogatory meaning in certain cultures or is inappropriate as a name for other reasons.
Onomatology is a complex study but it is well worth one’s time to research a newly invented name as well as you can to ensure that no part of the name lends itself to an unpleasant connotations. Bear in mind that you can abandon this process at any time in favor of existing rare and beautiful names. You need only look as far as your family genealogy, great literature or folklore to discover rare gems with interesting meanings. You may even find some old names that you have never even heard. Remember that everything old is new again. If you are still determined to create a new name all on your own, you'll need to find inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Inspiration can derive from anywhere but here are a few sources that may lead you in the right direction:
 A Sample Recipe
Once you have found a source of inspiration, you should organize your thoughts in order to deeply examine the naming possibilities within that source of inspiration. If you're drawing your inspiration from a specific occasion or event, for example, the following stream of consciousness exercise may aid you in the naming process. You may be surprised to discover that you can find a perfect name without having to invent a word from scratch.
1) Occasion or Event: Meeting husband for the first time.
2) Date and Year: July 1999
3) Time of Day: Midday
4) Where: London
5) What We Did: Talked in a lounge.
6) What I Wore: Jeans and a gray, short sleeved shirt.
7) What My Date Wore: Black jeans and black shirt.
8) What We Talked About: Travel, flight and the city of London.
9) Music that was playing: Paint It Black, by the Rolling Stones
Some naming possibilities from the occasion:
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