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Would You Let Strangers Name Your Baby?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

That’s what Natasha Hill decided to do for her soon-to-be bundle of joy. For a payment of $5,000, she’s letting the folks at the website Baby Ballot choose a winning name for a boy and for a girl, and has committed to using that name for her baby.

I know $5,000 would put a nice dent in some credit card debt, allow you to start a college fund for your baby, or give you the cash to bling up the nursery, but would you really leave something as important as your baby’s name to a whole bunch of random strangers? I don’t think I could do it – certainly not for just $5,000.

Of course, the strangers aren’t given free rein, as there is a list of finalist names that the users are going to be choosing from – which means the likelihood of getting something really far out, like Mooney or Goofballs, is far more remote. And of course, if Natasha doesn’t like the name they selected, she could always go for a nickname or choose a middle name that her child could use. If you want to help her crowdsource her baby name, head over to Belly Ballot from March 18 through March 22 to cast your vote.

What you think? Would you let strangers name your baby? What if someone would pay you big bucks to do it? Would that change your mind? Don’t forget to like In Name Only on Facebook to keep up with the latest baby naming news.


Image: Baby names by Amir Ridhwan/

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Would You Let Your Kids Pick Your Baby’s Name?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

More than one mom has told me that the bigger siblings had a hand in naming the new additions to their family—whether they asked that their parents name their siblings after their favorite characters (like Max in Max & Ruby) or had a chance to pick from a short list of names the parents selected. (That’s likely to help avoid having a new little sister named Zoomy Banana.)

But I had a hard enough time sharing the naming duties with my kids when a new pair of kittens made their way into our house. The sisters came home with the names Tinkerbell and Wendy, but I thought we might be able to do better. I had my heart set on picking a few of the fun names from one of my family’s favorite series, Harry Potter: Bellatrix for the mischievous little tuxedo cat, and Luna or Hedwig for the sweet little gray and white kitty.

But my kiddos had their own ideas—and strangely enough, they kind of represent the two schools of thought on baby naming.

My oldest definitely represented the old-fashioned, classic name house. She wanted a fancy but classic name for her gray-and-white kitten—nothing that was made up. After I threw several suggestions out at her, Penelope (shortened to Penny) was her choice.

My youngest wanted something that was all her own—much like the people who come up with brand new names like Nevaeh or new spellings like Aydin. She liked the name Tinkerbell, but felt that naming her kitten after the famous little green fairy was “copying.” And so her kitten became Winkerbell—called Winks, Winksie or Winky, depending on who is doing the shortening.

I think they did a pretty darned good job at picking the names—and maybe if there was a sibling in their future (there’s not), I would at least let them put a few names in the hat.

Photo: Siblings by Stephen Coburn /

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