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How the 34 Strengths Choose A Baby Name

Mar 12, 2019 10:58:37 AM / by Chris Heinz

Several of my friends are preparing to have babies. That made me wonder how people with different strengths might choose a baby name. We considered the same thing with Disney World, so we thought we’d do the same with baby names.

How would the 34 strengths choose a baby name? By "34 strengths," we’re referring to the 34 CliftonStrengths® developed by behavioral psychologist Donald Clifton.

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Achiever®: You race to find a name so you can check off “Choose Baby Name” on your brand-new baby to-do list

Activator®: You choose a name, paint it on the nursery wall, decide it’s not the right one, repaint the nursery, choose a name, paint it on the wall, decide it’s not the right one, repaint the nursery, and so on

Adaptability®: You wait until the baby is born to “try on names”

Analytical®: You create a spreadsheet of what-if scenarios, first name/middle name combinations, possible pronunciations, feasible alliterations, and then a baby name algorithm      

Arranger®: In addition to this baby’s name, you select the names for your future children and arrange the names in the right order  

Belief®: You base the baby’s name on your core values, like “Faith,” “Hope” or “Charity”

Command®: You tell your partner what the name’s going to be

Communication®: You share on social media your baby name options and each step of your selection process

Competition®: You create a contest for family and friends

Connectedness®: You have a sense of who the baby will become and name him or her accordingly

Consistency®: You avoid naming the baby after yourself because that would seem unfair to the other children  

Context®: You select a meaningful name from history

Deliberative®: You plan the process before you start the process  

Developer®: You choose aspirational names that will call out promise and potential

Discipline®: You do not reveal baby names until it’s time

Empathy®: You agonize over not hurting people’s feelings by the name you choose

Focus®: You smile and nod as people give you suggestions, and know all along you won't use any of them

Futuristic®: You research future trends of baby names

Harmony®: You choose a family name from each side of the family and incorporate both into the baby name

Ideation®: You brainstorm names on a dry erase board

Includer®: You choose a popular name that is easily pronounced so your child won't stand out

Individualization®: You choose a unique name that will stand out

Input®: You collect lists of baby names

Intellection®: You discuss the meaning of baby names for hours at a time

Learner®: You consult baby blogs, baby books, baby almanacs, baby vlogs, and the grandma next door

Maximizer®: You start with traditional names and creatively improve them

Positivity®: You choose a name that is fun to say and makes you feel good saying it, like Boden or Pippin

Relator®: You discuss options with a few close friends

Responsibility®: You lay awake in anxiety over the huge task of giving a name to a person, I mean, he or she is going to have this name their whole life, I mean, what if it's wrong or stupid

Restorative™: You choose the name of someone who went awry, so your baby can redeem the name

Self-Assurance®: You name your baby after yourself

Significance®: You honor the legacy of someone who’s passed  

Strategic®: You chart out options, rule out detractors, and select the name that will bring the best advantage

Woo®: You ask strangers what to name the baby

How else might the strengths choose a baby name? Let us know in the comment field.

Each of the 34 CliftonStrengths theme names are trademarks of Gallup, Inc.

Topics: Strengths

Chris Heinz

Written by Chris Heinz

Chris Heinz inspires personal growth to help people love life and work. He's the Chief People Officer for EnergyCAP, Inc., and a top-rated Learning Partner for Penn State. Chris writes and speaks on employee engagement, self-awareness, strengths, and coaching. Chris holds coaching certifications from Gallup and the International Coach Federation. Chris' writing has been featured as "Best of the Week" by "Human Resources Today." He’s also the author of the “Made To Pray” book and prayer assessment, which helps people find their prayer strengths. Chris lives with his wife and three children in central PA. He blogs from www.ChrisHeinz.com.