One of the difficulties with choosing a baby name is that while you are researching the new names of this generation, many other expectant parents are doing the same. Often, the name that you thought was going to be so rare and original ends up being one of the most popular names for that year. There are some ways you can avoid falling into that trap while still finding a unique name. Examine what unique means to you. Look at the advantages. Look at the pros offered with the choice of a unique name. Remember to also consider the possible disadvantages. Determine what it is that you want to incorporate into your baby’s name. Decide if you will be appeasing family members by handing down a traditional family name. Consider the use of nicknames that may be associated with the name you choose. Take into consideration the use of religion as a way to determine a name.