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Do Parents Regret Wacky Baby Names Later?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

baby namesYou’ve probably felt buyer’s remorse, but what about namer’s remorse? A unique name like Mowglis or Boulevard might sound like a good way to set your child apart from all the Jacob‘s and Isabella‘s when you name him, but once your baby starts to develop a personality and go to school with his unique name, will it still sound so perfect?

According to a British study sponsored by parenting site, one in five parents regretted their name choice after finding a more fitting one later or realizing it was too unusual.

Celebrity parents continue to lead the wacky baby name charge. Or should we call it a competition? Alicia Silverstone named her son Bear Blu; Mariah Carey called her twins Monroe and Moroccan; and Antonio Sabato Jr. just gave his newborn the Hawaiian middle name Kamakanaalohamaikalani — at least it’s a middle name.

TODAYMoms even found a name-happy mom who gave her daughter seven unusual names instead of just one. The list includes Astravaganza and Angeletta, but not the name her 15-year-old daughter goes by today — Lola.

Perhaps your kids will thank you later for if you give them a popular name.

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Top Baby Names for 2010

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

top baby names of 2010, most popular baby names, 2010 baby namesThe U.S. Social Security Administration just announced the top 100 baby names for 2010 and Jacob and Isabella are the most popular baby names for the second year in a row. While the top 10 girls names of 2010 include the same mix as 2009′s list, two new names made it into the top 10 list for boys: Anthony and Aiden.

Top 10 boy names for 2010: Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Jayden, William, Alexander, Noah, Daniel, Aiden, Anthony

Top 10 girl names for 2010: Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Madison, Chloe, Mia

Try our baby name finder to find your own top baby name, and read on to see the full list of the top 100 boys and girls names for 2010.


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Royal Wedding May Spur New Baby Name Trend

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

baby names, baby naming, royal baby namesAs William and Kate prepare for their highly anticipated royal wedding day, are their names getting ready to jump to the top of the list of trendy baby names? Lesley Bolton, author of The Complete Book of Baby Names, thinks so. She predicts that tomorrow’s big event will spur a trend in royally inspired baby names.

“With the royal wedding taking center stage, we’re going to see a big boost this year in more formal, classic names, and of course those with a royal history,” Bolton says. “While there will certainly be an uptick in Williams and Catherines, we’ll also see a rise in names such as Liam, Wilhelm, Katarina, and Caitlyn, all variants of the couple’s names. Along the periphery, we’ll find names such as Charles, Elizabeth, Victoria, Alexander, Edward, and Caroline.”

Why do names in pop culture rise to the top of baby name lists? If we do see an uptick in royal names, it doesn’t necessarily mean parents are naming their children after Prince William or Kate Middleton. It’s more about the fact that these names are given greater presence, hitting the radars of larger numbers of expecting parents, says Bolton.

“Like any other trend, it takes a little while for a name to be considered overused and thus old-hat,” Bolton explains. “It starts out being used by the trendsetters, then works its way down to the everyman (where it gains the most ground), and then finds itself in the back of the closet, likely to be pulled out and worn fresh in another eighty or so years.”

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2010, in Pop Culture and Baby Names

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

While (no shocker) Aiden and Sophia head the baby-name popularity lists, a little further down on the lists, you’ll find some surprises. Say, Betty. Or… Apollo.

What’s causing the spike in names like these? Take a look back through last  year’s big events, and the answers become clear. “Mad Men” grew in popularity right along with the (character) name Betty, as did “Glee” and the names Quinn and Finn. There was also the Sarah Palin effect, with her daughters’ names Bristol, Piper and Willow rising in the polls. (Shoutout to Willow Smith of “Whip My Hair, too!) Demi and Tiana? Look no further than your latest Disney Princesses. And on the male front, names like Bode, Shaun and Apollo caught on after the winter Olympics.

Use our baby-namer tool to find the right name for you, then create a poll to get others’ opinions.

And, here’s more on the top names of 2010.

Tell us: Would you name  your child after a pop-culture influence? What are your favorite up-and-coming names?

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, May 14th, 2010

This Week’s Trend Goody:

I love movies as much as the next couch-potato-dwelling film geek, but even I was a little surprised by the recent news that Twilight is taking over more than the book and DVD sections. According to the Social Security Administration, Jacob and Isabella (or Bella) are the top baby names for 2009–both leading characters in the vampire series. I get those. They’re nice, traditional names. But Cullen? Yes, the last name of the lead, Edward, is also making a decent showing. True, pop-culture naming isn’t anything new. I’m even guilty of toying with the name “Joss” in honor of my favorite writer, Joss Whedon. Just promise me that “Vampyre” won’t be trending next year, mmmkay? What do you think about the Twilight-themed names? Did you pick a pop-cult-inspired one for your child?

This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Kung Fu Magoo

Toy Story (Special Edition)

Toy Story 2: (Special Edition)

Kourtney’s Cult Classic Pick:

Daria: The Complete Animated Series

The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Leap Year

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Baby Nickname Explosion!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Our daughter is not even a month old and she already has a laundry list of nicknames.

  • Em
  • Lower-case M
  • E-Lo
  • Emily Bear
  • QTM
  • Snortle*
  • Cranky McCrankerson*
  • Miss Cranky Pants*
  • [pet name for wife] Jr.
  • EEO’S™

I’ve started calling our younger cat "Nursery Cat" because she sits near Emily when she’s in some state of crankiness. She also likes watching us feed or diaper the baby. Belle was always a weird cat.

What nicknames did you come up with during your child’s first few weeks? Care to share them with the rest of the class?

*Those three were probably conjured up around 2:30 a.m. Please refer to Figure 1 (above).

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Be in Parents: Choosing a Baby Name

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Choosing a name for your baby has got to be one of the hardest decisions you’ll make. It’s something that your offspring will live with for the rest of their lives! My parents, thankfully, did a phenomenal job. I love my name—but I’m bummed that there’s no real "story" behind it. I think my mom read a book with a character named Janna and said BINGO! The end. No Name Voyager research, no arguing, and no lists. And she doesn’t even remember what book it was!

So what’s your story? How did you come up with your baby names? Leave a comment and you could be in an upcoming issue of Parents magazine.

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