Every person has a name. A name may tell something about a person’s family, religion, and culture. It is one of the first decisions the family must make. Many families hold a naming ceremony to announce the baby’s name. The baby is welcomed as a new person and the member of the family and culture. In some cultures, the naming ceremony may be held at the birth itself or immediately afterward. In other cultures, naming ceremonies take place days, weeks, or months later.
Most children take the surname (last name) of one of their parents–usually the father’s. They may choose the name of a beloved relative (in some traditions a living relative, in others, someone who has died) or a religious figure. Some families consult astrology and numerology to help choose a name that will bring luck and good health.