There are many popular Urdu names that Pakistani families choose for their children, and a lot of these names are quite familiar to most people who live in Pakistan or are of Pakistani descent. Indeed, some Urdu names that are currently very much in vogue today have been around for hundreds of years. Some of the oldest Urdu names are also some of the most popular, and many modern families decide to give there babies these enduring and familiar names.
However, the popular names that so many Pakistani families choose are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding great Urdu names. Some of the most popular Urdu names that Pakistani families opt for are so often heard by people all over the world that they seem completely commonplace. Other, Urdu names that are not as common or as widely known can prove to be inconvenient because people do not always know how to spell or pronounce them. Pakistani names for babies range from the familiar to the obscure, and because there are benefits to both popular and uncommon Urdu names it can be very difficult for a family to decide whether to give their child a traditional, familiar name, or to opt for a name that is less often used. The costs and benefits of choosing between common and unusual names are complex to weigh, and there are no easy solutions to the quandary.
There are many reasons why a family that dwells in Pakistan, or lives elsewhere but wants to honor their Pakistani heritage with an Urdu name, might want to choose a popular Urdu name rather than an obscure one. One of the primary reasons that support this choice is that children with popular names have a much easier time in many ways than children with more unique names. There are many reasons why having a familiar and widely used name is likely to be easier on the child. People know how to spell and pronounce commonly held names, and a child with a very popular name is likely to encounter very little confusion about their name during their lifetime.
By contrast, a child with a less popular name will probably have to teach most people that he or she meets how to spell and pronounce his or her name. This process of constant and repeated explanations can be trying to even the most patient of children. Indeed, it is easy to imagine the daily impact that the kinds of difficulties associated with a less popular name might have on a child, especially one with a very sensitive or insecure nature. Some people feel strongly that the less common a name is the more memorable and beautiful it is. However, the situation of being a child with one of the more obscure Urdu names in use today is quite a bit more complex than many of these people are aware of.
However, there are plenty of reasons why giving a child a common name isn't necessarily a better choice than titling your child in an unusual way. A child with one of the more popular Urdu names is likely to encounter a lot of other children and adults who share his or her name, which can make a child feel that his or her name is boring. By contrast, a child with an unusual Urdu name can feel very proud of his or her name, and can feel a much greater sense of ownership over his or her name because he or she does not know any other children or adults who have the same name.