How To Name Your Baby, According To The Big Bang Theory

Picking out a good name can be tough, especially when it's for your unborn child. Luckily, The Big Bang Theory episode "The Neonatal Nomenclature" is chock-full of useful starting points and inspiration for coming up with the perfect name for your offspring. Let's take a look at the best ways to name your baby, according to The Big Bang Theory gang. Watch all-new episodes of The Big Bang Theory on Thursdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

So many to choose from!

So many to choose from!

Picking out a good name can be tough, especially when it's for your unborn child.

Luckily, The Big Bang Theory episode "The Neonatal Nomenclature" is chock-full of useful starting points and inspiration for coming up with the perfect name for your offspring.

It certainly helped Howard (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) name their second child!

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Let's take a look at the best ways to name your baby, according to The Big Bang Theory gang.

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After a family member

After a family member

Sometimes the choice is obvious—name your little one after a relative! In Bernadette's case, she wanted to name her and Howard's son after her father, Michael.
After a historical figure

After a historical figure

Family members all have garbage names? Why not look to the past for influence? Howard suggested "Harry," after Houdini—and Potter, of course.

Speaking of the latter...
After a fictional character

After a fictional character

Books, movies, and television are just brimming with potential baby names. When prompted, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) came up with "Ozymandias" for Howard and Bernie's second, after the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley. ("Bysshe" was another suggestion!)
After a close friend

After a close friend

Outside the family name pool, you can always name your kid after someone who's had a big impact on your life. Like the "Paul" in "Koothra-PAL-i," perhaps?
After a place

After a place

As Leonard points out, naming your kid after cities, states, and countries is a popular source of inspiration. Just be careful with this one, or you could end up with names like "Walla Walla Wolowitz."
Calling dibs

Calling dibs

If you and someone you know want the same name for your respective baby, the solution is simple: Call dibs on it!
After your faith

After your faith

Run out of ideas? There's always the Good Book(s). Of course, Howard would argue that Penny's suggestion of "Christian" sounds a little too "uncircumcised" for their Jewish babe.
NOT after an old flame

NOT after an old flame

Taking the opposite approach, of how not to name your baby, you can always knock exes' names off the list. (Sorry, Al, Max, Ted, and Kevin!)
After an amalgam

After an amalgam

In the end, Howard and Bernie struck a compromise, naming their son Neil, after Armstrong, Gaiman, and Diamond, with the middle name Michael.

Not a bad combo, if we do say so ourselves!

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