January 15, 2009

Family Services Assures Us There Are Worse Things Than Naming Your Kid Adolf Hitler

And I'm pretty sure they don't mean giving your kid an unpersonalized birthday cake. Still, New Jersey's Youth and Family Services agency is not giving the reasons for removing recently discriminated-against birthday boy Adolf Hitler Campbell and his two slightly...
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December 15, 2008

And Now It's Springform For Hitler In Germantown

Let the record show that no one puts a kid's full name on a grocery store birthday cake. And you also know that when little Adolf Hitler Campbell's parents' cake order at the ShopRite was refused, there was no...
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December 13, 2008

Why Won't We Have Dick To Kick Around Anymore?

The question is not whether the popularization of dick as slang for penis--and jerk--made the name unpopular for children. And the question is not whether Richard Nixon pushed it completely off the list with his dickish behavior, leaving his...
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December 7, 2008

Dude Names Kid Charlotte After Bette Davis

Oh sorry, SPOILER ALERT? Deciding to Have a Baby? Easy. Picking a Name? Not So Easy. [nytimes via dt reader eric]...
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November 28, 2008

Fascist Italian Hillbillies Have A Tiny, Ridiculous Proposition

If you live in one of five certain, dwindling, depressed towns around Potenza in the arch of Italy's boot, some Fascist Party offshoot will pay you 1,500 euros to name your baby after Benito Mussolini or his wife Rachele. That's...
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November 21, 2008

DT Freakout Friday, Thy Name Is Bronx Mowgli Edition

It's a travel day, so DT Freakout Friday is short, just the bare necessities, you might say: Not only is he messed up for the school year cutoff, but now it turns out that babies born in the fall have...
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November 6, 2008

Quirky Kenya Has Own Laws, Obama Baby Boom

Note to Twitter users whose Obama Baby trend takes nine months to be realized: you will have your meme handed right back to you by the pregnant population of Kenya, where 99.9% of the babies born in that country will...
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November 4, 2008

Actually, Crazy Is His Middle Name

19 year-old George Garratt, of Glastonbury, Somerset, UK, changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. The guy, who will go by Captain Fantastic for short, "thinks his new name is...
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October 23, 2008

I Wish I Could Quit You, Palins

Dang it, I'm gonna miss them when they're gone. From a long interview with People Magazine which included questions submitted by readers like you'n me:People: Alicia also wondered if you had any more unique names up your sleeve. Sarah Palin:...
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October 21, 2008

Chest-Painted Dads For Palin

Sure, Sarah Palin's totally unqualified to be president, but to the meatheads at her rallies, she's still a TUTBPILF. The NYT reports on another surefire place to go to avoid hipster baby names [two words: Maverick Maverick]: "Katie Couric...
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October 20, 2008

How Your Hipster [Sic] Baby Name News Is Made

The magazine, book publishing and TV show didn't work out, so ex-New Yorker editor [seems so long ago] Tina Brown launches a website, The Daily Beast, which "sees itself as a must-read for hipsters in news, politics and pop culture."...
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October 15, 2008

October Surprise: Maverick Dad Names Daughter Sarah McCain Palin

After his wife thought they'd decided on Ava Grace, Elizabethton, TN resident Mark Ciptak filled out the birth certificate forms at the hospital and "secretly named his baby girl Sarah McCain Palin." Secretly as in, he was talking to the...
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September 8, 2008

The Modfather's Naming Strategy

DT reader Naomi's comment below about the new album from The Jam founder Paul Weller led me to a nice Weller profile in the Times of London last week, which contains this baby naming strategy:[Weller] remembers saving for a year...
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August 29, 2008

Those Don't Sound Like Working Class Names To Me

First off as an Obama man myself, and not knowing anything at all about her before today, I must say Sarah Palin seems like an excellent VP pick for John McCain. Were they to win the election, I would hope...
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August 1, 2008

Why Can't They Just Call Her Talula And Be Done With It?

It's Internet-old news, this case in New Zealand family court where a custody dispute for a 9-year-old girl included the judge's order that precludes the parents from naming her Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. [Horse out of the barn,...
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July 22, 2008

NameTrends Follows Trend Toward Data-Driven Baby Naming

Kottke says that all the slice&dice data options at NameTrends.net are the new "gold standard for baby name web doohickeys." I still like the elegance of NameVoyager's "starts-with" visualizations better. Even if NameTrends' added sorts, like names with similar popularity...
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July 11, 2008

Drug Names As Baby Names?

Even though they regularly name kids after when and where they were conceived [Brooklyn, Indiana August], I haven't heard of anyone naming his kid after how they were conceived. There have been Vans and even a Viggo on our playground,...
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June 12, 2008

That Explains The Lukes, But Where Are The Lauras?

A study in the works at Harvard shows that Brazilian telenovelas have an impact--in Brazil, anyway--on lowering fertility rates and on baby name choices. From the abstract:We focus on fertility choices in Brazil, a country where soap operas (novelas) portray...
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June 6, 2008

Except There Are No Brooklyns

I know the big issue is really the pre-K admissions trauma, but still this is a useful snapshot of Williamsburg kid names circa 2004. Half the list could be from any yuppie enclave anywhere in the country:Ms. Yourke added: “I...
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May 29, 2008

Filmmaker x Beavers Colabo Chair For Grey Rabbit

"The chair, created from beaver-gnawed wood, was made by Bruce Gundersen, a filmmaker and furniture designer, to mark the birth of Ms. Puett’s son, Grey Rabbit." Ms Puett is J. Morgan Puett, and her baby daddy is the artist...
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March 19, 2008

Nickelodeon's ParentsConnect Useful For Dads With No Other Humor Outlet

So I pointed out yesterday that Nickelodeon's executives described "moms" and kids "on mom's lap" as two prime targets for their new $100 million, 600+ games, online marketing push. Which is a little lame, but mostly, it's fine, and not...
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March 12, 2008

Marion? She's A Man, Baby!

NYT columnist John Tierney's middle name is Marion, which caused him no end of grief as a child:I had vivid memories of playground serenades to my middle name: “Marion . . . Madam Librarian!” (My tormentors didn’t care that the...
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March 7, 2008

Some Aussie Huckster: Look At Me! Txt Msg Baby Names!

XLNT! Next time I want to promote my out-of-my-ass "societal trends, generational studies, and demographic shifts" research by declaring a data-free trend and slapping a totally made up explanation on it, I know where to go: Australia. Or maybe not!...
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Child Learns Calligraphy, Also That Most Letters Start With A Fat, Vertical Line

This has been making the designweb rounds. Apparently, getting shirtless on camera with your uncle the calligrapher is a timeworn tradition in Amsterdam. Bonus monosyllabic Dutch naming bonanza from the credits: Gradus [the kid, admittedly polysyllabic], Job [the uncle]...
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March 4, 2008

So Close: Adobe Dad Almost Names Kid Seetharaman Narayanan

Kudos to Adobe blogger John Nack, who's celebrating the safe arrival of Finnegan Liggett Nack. Like Photoshop users the world over, the Nacks had Seetharaman Narayanan on their name list, too. Please Welcome Mr. Finnegan Nack [blogs.adobe.com via dt reader...
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March 1, 2008

Yes, This Will Be On The Exam: Children's TV Show Character Names

With the news that J. Lo and M. An [doesn't work?] have named their twins Max and Emme, I think it behooves those who already have kids to list up the names of current children's TV show characters, just so...
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February 29, 2008

So Let It Be Written

Baby names can come at you in the most unlikely places:Nina Foch married James Lipton, eesh, and also long ago played the woman who found baby Moses in "The Ten Commandments." The kid, Taliesin Jaffe (!!!), went on to be...
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February 27, 2008

PR Idiots Will Name Baby Brooklyn For Food

Look, I've got nothing against the name Brooklyn, not at all. Some of my best friends have named their kids Brooklyn. I'm just saying if you trade the kid's birth certificate for a freakin' Domino's Pizza, you're a gigantic chump:ANN...
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February 14, 2008

Zappa Plays With Zappa At Zappa Plays Zappa

Haven't been keeping up on what Dweezil Zappa's doing these days, but here's a short clip from a Stockholm gig of his show, Zappa Plays Zappa. At the opening, he introduces his daughter Zola to the crowd. Zola Frank...
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February 3, 2008

All Hail Poesy, Crown Princess Of The Internet

High five to Cory Doctorow of BoingBoing and Alice Taylor of Wonderland, who have demonstrated that sci-fi nerdery and video game-blogging are not only able to reproduce, they know how to name the bejeebies out of a baby:I am ecstatic...
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January 25, 2008

In Georgia, At Least, The 1990's Were Not The Dawning Of The Age Of Shaquarious

In fact between 1990 and 2007, just two girls in all of Georgia were named Shaquarious. The Atlanta Journal Constitution compiled almost seventeen years of birth records from the Georgia Department of Human Resources into a single, searchable list. There...
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January 7, 2008

Home And Mostly Settled

We're all home and chill now. I had rambling philosophical post almost done about the differences between the first and the second time you have a kid, what you know, what you know you don't know, etc. Then I was...
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January 2, 2008

My Brother The Daddy Type

So my brother and his wife just had their baby yesterday [I'd say "mazel tov," but they'd probably have to look it up; they live in Denver, and unless Daniel Libeskind's in town to check on his museum/condo project, I...
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"A Surprising Number" Of Parents Consider Changing Their Kids Names

Whether an unscientific Babycenter survey result of 10% is surprisingly low or surprisingly high only you can say. Of the three sets of parents mentioned in the article, only two actually went through with it; the third pair just conferred...
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January 1, 2008

Three's A Trend: Velveeta

So the kid didn't come on New Year's Eve, sparing us the whole embarrassment of being exposed on local news as the derelict parents who couldn't figure out the name of The First Baby Of 2008. Figuring it's exactly the...
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December 21, 2007

DT Window Shopping Roundup: Wooden Bikes, Euro Magazines, Baby Daddy Edition

Some things spotted around the web: Even though they're tacky and kind of insipid--well, the World Wildlife Federation was, the one for bigger kids, from National Geographic, is not that bad--the kid absolutely loves getting her magazines. It's mail! For...
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December 19, 2007

Santa Maria Novella Lucia: Italian Court Orders Renames Kid Because Of Robinson Crusoe??

In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue not because he was so lazy, because judges in Genoa are freakin' crazy. Five months after a Genovese family named their son Friday, after the day he was born, a...
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December 10, 2007

That Kid Named 5 From Peanuts

The "If 4 is the new 3, can 5 be the new 4?" baby naming discussion reminded me of a character in Peanuts, 5. I always thought it was just 5, according to his Wikipedia page, his full name is...
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December 8, 2007

DTQ: Is Four The New Three For Baby Names? How About Five?

Not only are we still undecided on the other kid's name, our short list is twice as long as it was at this stage the first time around. It's got some great names on it [1], but I wonder if...
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November 13, 2007

Korn's Jonathan Davis Has Three Kids Now.

Somehow I lost track of Korn, not that I followed them or anything, just what Kurt Loder told me. But offhandedly riffing on Mr. Rogers lyrics in that scary toilet post reminded me of Jonathan Davis's own issues with Rogers...
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November 6, 2007

If France Is Real, It's Baby Naming Trends Are Unusually Precise

Just the other day, the NY Times reviewed an insanely awesome-sounding book by Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, that basically shows how historically, France is not the enchanting-yet-annoying cultural monolith we all love [and American politicians love to hate];...
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November 1, 2007

It Bag Names Vs. Baby Names

the Chloe Beata At this very minute, in a cultural arena you never paid attention to, a name you like--perhaps it's even a family name on your shortlist--may be getting kicked around and weighted down with who-knows-what kinds of...
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October 28, 2007

DT Headline Roundup: Adoption, Boys Named Sue, Ramones & Flash Cards Edition

The DT browser tab clearance is on now: NYT Magazine: Looking for Their Children’s Birth Mothers Maggie Jones takes a personal look at the complicated emotional and cultural landscape of open international adoption. Though she and her husband decided to...
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October 24, 2007

Wha? They Said "Breast" On Sesame Street??

Yeah, like 30 years ago. That's when Big Bird gets a lesson in breastfeeding from the folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie and her infant son Cody. Of course, Big Bird also has a personality, and Buffy carefully anunciates, "ve-ge-tuh-bles," so...
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October 18, 2007

Pottery Barn Kids Kids Names, Fall 2007 Edition

So my wife tells me that while I was gone, she and the kid sat down to read the Pottery Barn Kids catalogue together. Now the kid wants bump beds. [ducduc, Argington, and Nurseryworks, we'll be in touch in 2010...
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October 10, 2007

Little Bobby Tables

I don't get this kid naming joke from the web comic Xkcd at all, but I showed it to some of the guys in IT, and they cracked up. Good enough for me. Also, Cory at boingboing linked to...
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October 1, 2007

DT Headline Roundup: Cold Medicine, Zimbabwe, Sperm Banking & Photostealin'

Part of me feels like I've gotta clear these browser tabs, but part of me feels everyone can read the NY Times on his own: Slow-mo Infant Cold Medicine Ban Rolls On--Slowly: Instigated by pediatrician activists in February and finally...
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September 28, 2007

Reference Library's DT Linkbait

And the answer to Andy's question is yes, I will gladly link to a shamelessly self-promotional photo from his recent trip to the woods. Also, Shehaqua just made our naming shortlist. [update: it's off. someone just told me Shehaqua...
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September 13, 2007

So I Named My Son After An Axe Murderer

Every time I start to wonder why my mom stayed with my father when they were so ferociously ill-matched, I look at the photo at the top of this post, of her own dad embracing her as a baby. He...
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September 6, 2007

Great Man Of Venzuelan People Wants To Name All The Babies Hugo

Gee, was it really only January when the NY Times wrote about Venezuela's crazy foreign-inspired naming tradition as a sign of populist empowerment after centuries of classist oppression by the ruling elites? And now for no apparent, compelling reason, the...
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September 4, 2007

YouTube Is The New Birth Announcement! Omedetou!

For families who are spread out across the globe, why NOT use YouTube to share the video of you waiting to hear about your kid's birth [down the hall, around the corner, in the shoe-free zone of the Japanese hospital]?...
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September 3, 2007

DT Namewatch: Bitch Edition

So we're obviously trying to tune back into the baby naming vibrations blanketing the earth, which emanate from the Harmonic Convergence in Sedona, AZ. Or from the Cosmic Umbilicus Daycare Center in the shopping center behind the Olive Garden, which...
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August 23, 2007

Forget It, Jake. It's Rajasthan.

90-year-old Rajasthani farmer Nanu Ram Jogi and his wife Saburi, 50, are celebrating the birth of their new daughter, Girija Rajkumari. Girija is Nanu's 21st child. Saburi is his fourth wife. She had originally been married to Nanu's Number One...
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August 19, 2007

Electricity Aquarian? Oh, It's A Source Family Name.

Isis, Omne, Magus, Electra, Orbit, Electricity, Djin, Sunflower, Damian, Lotus, Goddess, Octavius, Pythias, Rhythm, Sol Amon, Aquariana, Zoraster, Ahom, Omega, "cannot remember his name." Those are some of the first names I rounded up of members of The Source Family,...
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August 17, 2007

I Once Thought About Naming Myself @llen

A couple in China wanted to name their son '@'. Considering that almost everyone in China's got symbols in his name, it's not as big a deal as it might first seem. @ is pronounced 'ai ta' in Mandarin, which...
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August 10, 2007

NZ Gov't Leaker: Naming Your Kid Superman, Satan, Same Thing

So the New Zealand government naming registrar has rejected the appeal parents who wanted to name their kid 4Real, saying you can't start a name with a number. [The family's not entirely crazy argument: what's the big deal? People are...
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July 31, 2007

Dash Snow's Children

Oil industry-and-art-world scion-turned-graffiti artist Dash Snow has always done his best work with semen. As he explained last January in a New York Magazine cover story titled, "Warhol's Children" [he's the tattooed one on the right]:“I’ve always been a big...
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July 27, 2007

Tempest In A D-Cup: Fighting Over There Vs. Over Here Edition

Dateline: Fort Bragg, North Carolina - After a single, anonymous complaint, a mother of three who has breast-fed all her kids in the food court of an Army-owned minimall where she's worked for seven years, was told to stop...
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July 25, 2007

Two Grandmothers' Names, Both Alike In Dignity

I guess for some people in the world's more creative cultures, unpronounced accents on names are like Nutella on crepes: there's no such thing as too much. For example, British pop singer Peter Andre thought his first daughter with his...
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July 19, 2007

Cuddle Me Condos In Color, Also Correction, Also Sibling Names

The visionaries at Pandiscio have graciously provided a color version of Bela Borsodi's portrait of Cuddle Me Condos, and I think we can all agree that One Kenmare has never looked moodier, Urban Glass House has never looked whippier, 40...
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July 16, 2007

So Far, It's Mostly The Cats Named Soterios Johnson

The NY Sun is a few years late discovering the popularity of WNYC radio announcer Soterios Johnson among the McSweeney's-and-Flickr-loving crowd. So far, there's a Jonathan Coulter song [old], a band [new], and more than a few pets named after...
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July 9, 2007

Whoa, Insane Vintage Stainless Steel O-L-I-V-E-R Letters On eBay

If you're on the fence about the name Oliver, maybe this will help settle things: there's a vintage Oliver Tractors sign for sale on eBay that's made of 3-D stainless steel letters, each 18" high. Un. Be. Lievable. As...
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DT Namewatch: Superlatives Edition

Gawker's running a poll of sorts: Pick The Most Pretentious Baby Name Consultant Contest 2007. Voting starts tomorrow, but there's one more chance to add names. The runners up that didn't make it to voting:Luxman, Dodger, Amaranth, Arcadia, Clooney, Trench,...
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July 3, 2007

Boys Named Anakin: They're So Cute When They're Little

Hello, adorable little one-year-old photographed wearing a Wookie costume at the Disney-MGM Star Wars Weekend, what's your name? Oh. And what would you like to be when you grow up? And how does having your older brother dressed as...
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June 29, 2007

Uma, Chupacabra. Chupacabra, Uma

Congratulations to Ugly Dolls creators David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim on the delivery, safe and sound, of little UMA. Horvath writes on his blog that UMA only became a reality for them when they saw that first sonogram, a feeling...
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June 26, 2007

For Fifty Bucks, Baby Name Consultants Manage To Find Name More "Original" Than "John Jr."

From the Wall Street Journal: What's in a name? Stress. Sociologists and name researchers say they are seeing unprecedented levels of angst among parents trying to choose names for their children. One Las Vegas couple felt "enormous pressure," pressure to...
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Commonwealth Baby Naming News From Yahoo, Seriously

Focusing on the little ultrasound rather than the big picture, a couple in New Zealand is negotiating with the official agency that registers births over their desire to name their son 4Real. Sorry, 4real. [ap video/yahoo] Maria Brown of...
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June 25, 2007

Muhammad, Pampers Be Upon Him

When all spelling variations are taken into account, the second most popular boy's name in the UK in 2006 was Muhammad. A mufti in a British mosque explains the name's global Islamic popularity as the equivalent of Jason for 30-somethings...
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June 4, 2007

Silicon Valley Nerdsery Includes Cray Supercomputer

It's nice when a plan comes together. Paul & Pam Costa of Silicon Valley somewhere were having a boy and thought they'd name him Edison, so they cooked up an Edison theme for his nursery. Though some even bigger...
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Kid In Tow, Crackhead Mom Plows Volvo Wagon Through DC Streetfair

YOW. A cracked up mom, with a 7-yo kid in the back, plowed a Volvo 740 station wagon through a giant Washington DC street fair Saturday night, injuring up to 40 people, including at least seven kids. The rampage...
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June 2, 2007

Good Babynaming Help So Hard To Find In The Hamptons

As I'm sure you already know from previous seasons in Aspen and the Hamptons, Plum TV is like the free, glossy real estate ad magazines they leave in Upper East Side lobbies, like Avenue or Quest, but on TV....
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May 12, 2007

Names That Anticipate Your Kid's Google Search Results

This Wall Street Journal article about naming your kid so she rises to the top of her vanity search results is quaint, and even though the strategy strikes me now as a bit limited, that doesn't mean we didn't do...
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April 9, 2007

Salvor-Palooza At Cool Hunting, Kiosk, &c.

Cool Hunting just posted a video visit to the studio of Salvor designer Ross Menuez. Turns out the company's named after his daughter and muse [well, her middle name, anyway. It's Icelandic.] When it came out a couple of...
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April 6, 2007

Where To Start? Swedish Parents Want To Name Kid Metallica

You know I love me some Sweden around here, but I guess I'm too damn 'Murican to understand what business it is of the National Tax Board what I choose to name my kid. Those countries all over Scandinavia--and...
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March 27, 2007

I'm Gonna Guess His Name Is Oedipus

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minneapolis police say that Detrick D. Jiles [24] told officers that the boy [2], whose name police did not release, had taken the gun from his mother's purse and fired it at Jiles... [Police...
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March 20, 2007

But They Would Call Him Zachary

What an "NPR-nik" told the Boston Globe about Zack, a new news show they're hoping will reach a younger, 25-44 year-old, audience: "We thought Zack is exactly the kind of name NPR staffers would give their male children." Public Radio...
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March 14, 2007

The Non-Expert's Guide To Baby Naming

Before delivering the main course, a 3-columned table for constructing a baby name "fit for tracking by the police or private collection agencies," TMN's Non-Expert Claire Miccio offers some baby naming appetizers. Here are some categories she suggests exploring: American...
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March 6, 2007

A Very Special DT Namewatch: Broker Edition

An adult named Mahkyle? He must have been the first guy around with that spelling. He's also a real estate broker for people who won't spend $20,000/month on a rental unless it has a fireplace that can "impress even a...
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February 28, 2007

If Found, Name "Steve"

For some reason, an excited article about new technology for abandoning babies pops up in the major news media every 13-15 months. It's like clockwork. If only birth control or social services protections for the young illegal immigrants from Eastern...
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February 19, 2007

Rhyming Names

I know the mob has spoken, but I, for one, kind of miss the DT Namewatch feature. I might have to talk to someone about that... Anyway, names that rhyme: Jack Black's nothing. I just came across a great white...
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February 6, 2007

"We've had people die here, but we've never had people born here."

So says Steve Callendar, Vice President of Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, while on his way to double down on his company's Bus&Breakfast! Nursing Home promotional budget. Seems a penny slots customer, one Nyree Thompson, gave birth in the casino...
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January 24, 2007

What, No Angel? Observer Observes New Baby Naming Trend

New Yorkers are giving their babies foreign, literary, or "'unusual'" names like never before, reports Daisy Carrington [umm...] in the NY Observer. But watch out, even seemingly simple, two-syllable names can be hard for kids to pronounce, causing lifelong self-esteem...
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January 20, 2007

New York, Aka City Of Angels

This may be slicing it a bit thin, newsworthiness-wise, but, after a generation of Anglo names like Kevin and Justin, an ethnic name--Angel--has become the most popular name for Hispanic boys in NYC. Still, a hundred more people/month naming their...
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January 9, 2007

Baby Names Inspired By NBA Players

LeBron: not yet Kobe: yeah, pretty much Shaquille: maybe Jordan: sure, but how can you tell? At True Hoop, sportswriter Harry Abbott poked around the Social Security Administration's name database, trying to find any discernable trends of people naming their...
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January 7, 2007

Power, Kooky Names, To The People In Venezuela

Nixon Moreno, Stalin Gonzalez, Taj-Mahal Sanchez, Elvis Presley Gomez Morillo, Darwin Lenin Jimenez, Hitler Eufemio Mayora. Apparently during the oil boom of the 1970's, Venezuelan parents discovered the fun of defying the traditional, class-defining, naming system, and began giving their...
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January 2, 2007

DT Namewatch #26: Clearance Clarence Edition

Any names still ringing in your new ear? Send them in: names [at] daddytypes [dot] com "Is this Terrence or Kerrence?" [guy behind us on cell phone this afternoon last week] Morton, composers like Feldman and Lauridsen [via my John...
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December 31, 2006

BabyCenter's Top 100 Names Of 2006 Sound Pretty Familiar

But then, I guess that's the working definition for a List of Most Popular Names. Clear trends: The old-fashioned girly thing [Hannah, Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Abigail, Ava, et al.] The Ethan/Ryan/Joshua/Jack are the new Michael/John/Matthew/Robert thing, and The awesome power...
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December 27, 2006

DT Namewatch: #24: Lost In The Christmas Shuffle Edition

Zeke & Zoey Zodrow, twin Santa-fearers [via southflorida.com]...
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December 26, 2006

Dt Namewatch #25 France Edition

Posting via cel today: wellington koo, foreıgn minister of china, 1906. arsulina, integrated bus-pioneering maid, 1956 [both via iht.com] foulque, local prince bruno, local politician werther, goethe character tips? names [at] daddytypes [dot] com...
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December 21, 2006

DT Namewatch #23: "There is no such thing as a 'good' name or a 'bad' name" edition

Lichai and Ila, well-dressed brother and sister [via babble] Alastair Roderic Craigellachie Dalhousie Gowan Donnybristle MacMac, aka Wee Gillis. I think MacMac's my favorite. [via nybr] Widuran Bertram, source of the quote in the title [via bbc] Remo, Italian...
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December 20, 2006

Naming Like It's 1904 And/Or 2004

British folk are apparently all naming their kids after their grandparents now, says the BBC's Keely Paice, with lots of 1906-era names like Henry and Max and Ruby and Alfie. Alfie? That's a character on the Eastenders, so they're actually...
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December 19, 2006

DT Namewatch #22: Sorry, I Was Shopping Edition

I had this edition of the Namewatch ready to go, then I ran into a friend an engaged her in conversation. Plus, I had to wrap some Christmas presents. Do you think that's wrong? names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: Gardenia,...
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December 15, 2006

DT Namewatch #21: Analyst Edition

Oddly, I didn't hear many first names during the JP-HK trip. Here's hoping you've been listening for interesting, unusual, cool, or awesome names. Send them in to names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: Alasdhair, alternate spelling of Alastair, also Stella McCartney's...
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November 30, 2006

DT Namewatch #20: European Edition

Send along the names that stick in your wicket wherever you are, whether it's Port Charles or Pakistan: names [at] daddytypes [dot] com Zarf, some soap opera, because Mork was taken Bex, Jewish performer [via gawker] Thijs, "pronounced thice. [Lauer]...
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November 29, 2006

Unidentified Woman Names Daughter After Even More Unidentified Brother

I had a great-great aunt or something who, it was revealed at her rural Utah funeral, named her firstborn son after her long-lost love, who was also her first cousin. If only she had been in the motion picture business,...
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DT Namewatch #19: Two Names I, At One Time Or Another, Imagined Having Edition

Have you heard a name that went in one ear and stayed? Send it in to names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: Grisha, short for Gregor, Gregor von Rezzori [via nymag] Gray Rabbitt, family names, apparently [via artnet] Anouk, model then,...
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November 22, 2006

DT Namewatch #18: Stuffed Edition

Are there any names you're thankful for hearing lately? Send them in to names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: Taavo, archer, haberdasher, barkeep [via observer] Tuuli, a model or something, slightly nsfw [via theapt] McCabe, Warren Beatty Constance, Julie Christie in...
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November 20, 2006

DT Namewatch #17: Biblical Edition

Any names you've heard lately make you want to shout, "hosanna"? Proclaim them here, at names [at] daddytypes [dot] com. Colt [via Wikipedia Brown and The Case of The Captured Koala] A C, grandfather, "first name 'A', middle name 'C'....
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November 17, 2006

DT Namewatch #16: Blanket Edition

Any interesting names refuse to hide under a blanket for you lately? Send them to names [at] daddytypes [dot] com. Nabila, mom, saved kids below from a fire by throwing them [plus two more] out the window into the neighbors'...
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Michael Jackson Is Insane, Ch. MMVI

OK, call me dim and uninformed, even though I'm writing a freakin' book on celebrity parenting. But I did not know Michael Jackson actually calls that kid "Blanket." I thought it was just a tabloid nickname. Of course, Blanket...
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November 15, 2006

DT Namewatch #15: Pronounced Edition

Tord, which may, unfortunately, rhyme with word. Dutch designer taking over Target at the moment [toordboontje.com] Jaime Hayon "(pronounced 'Hi-me Hi-on')", Spanish designer discovered while searching for how to pronounce Tord [via guardian] Mare "(pronounced Mah-Ray which is Italian...
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November 14, 2006

DT Namewatch #14: $2^8 Edition

If you come across any names that make bonus season especially pleasant, send them in to: names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: Ranaan, Goldman Sachs partner, drives Honda Odyssey [!] Gustave, legendary senior partner, Goldman Sachs. Middle name of said partner's...
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November 12, 2006

DT Namewatch #13: Models & Bottles

Agyness Jaunel Trace, some models [via style.com] Kai-Uwe [ex-CEO of the other DT, Deutsche Telekom. Not related: kayui means "itchy" in Japanese. [via nyt] Jobe, who unfortunately lives up to his name [via nyt] Sam Penny Oscar [what, no...
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November 9, 2006

DT Namewatch #12: Not Boogie Nights Edition

Anemona [via nyt] Kaligraphy Hogan [both via jen, who reads the birth announcements] Gracie Callie Telly Wavey Dulcie Ruthie [Julianne Moore character names]...
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November 6, 2006

DT Namewatch #11: Hope You Guessed My Name Edition

Have you heard a name that stuck with you for some reason? Throw it against the DT wall and see if it sticks here, too: names [at] daddytypes [dot] com James Leroy Augustin Jagger Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger Gabriel Luke...
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November 2, 2006

DT Namewatch #10: Just A Sperm Donor Edition

"Funny you should ask, Honey. We named you after a woman in Canada who gave her baby away without telling the daddy" may not sit too well with the kid, but you have to admit, the name caught your attention....
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October 31, 2006

Just Sit Right Back And Hear A Tale That'll Blow Your Mind

So I was thinking that Mr. Howell's name didn't sound right, so I started Googling around a bit. I was right, after I was wrong, that is: it wasn't P. Was it J.? Thurston J. Howell III.? Or just Thurston...
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DT Namewatch: Thurston Howell III Edition

Sigfried Eli Ludwig Gustav Tobias Thea Heinz Yvon for a guy Here's a batch from Elizabeth, who works in a hospital. I worried a bit about posting them all at once, because if you threw this list at Google, I...
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October 23, 2006

DT Namewatch #8: Pig Princess

Here are some interesting names that have leaped across the theater of my mind. You hear of any name prodigies out there, you send them to names [at] daddytypes [dot] com, aight?: Saxon Marie [via chris] Niklas [via david] Nico...
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October 19, 2006

DT Namewatch #7: Sports Illustrated

Did you hear the names of the future today? Send them to names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: Ayn [sent me a press release from familyfun.com] Navy & Island Shuler [son and daughter of ex-Redskin Heath, SI via daddyzine] Berit, Urban...
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October 18, 2006

DT Namewatch #6: From The "Underground"

Hear any interesting and/or underground names recently? Send them all--except ESPN [pronounced Espen, ps: sorry, Kaz], that's just not credible--to names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: J.J. Clay Redick [via deadspin: "as a toddler because his twin sisters each repeated his...
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October 17, 2006

DT Namewatch #5: A Lot Of Class

Hear any great or interesting names while you were lingering around the daycare dropoff? Send'em in and start a trend: names [at] daddytypes [dot] com Treazure ["with a 'Z', from my daughter's preschool," via stephen] Cirdan [another preschool classmate, "pronounced...
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October 15, 2006

DT Namewatch #4: Reader Rite-in Roundup

Keene [via annette] Razi [via david] Yana [via ana & sergei] Constance Arden ["but we call her Coco," via shana] Oak (boy) Antonella (girl) Kirin (boy) Ellis (girl) Nana (girl) Zidan (boy) [all via jennifer] Dorian Zev ["it means...
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October 13, 2006

DT Namewatch #3: Frieze, Plus One

Come across a name that stuck with you? You could hoard it for yourself. OR you could share it and maybe start an international naming trend: email names [at] daddytypes [dot] com: Arias [via dt reader Dianne: "we call him...
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October 12, 2006

DT Namewatch, #2: Kinskis & Embracing Ethnic Names

Wow, Namewatch. It's like how, when you learn a new word, you start hearing it everywhere: Aljosha Kinski [boy], Sonja Moussa, Kenia [girls] [imdb bio] Marcus Philimon, Demetrius Anthony, Lumay [from Lumei] Jayon [from Jiyang], and on and on and...
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October 11, 2006

Introducing DT Namewatch

I hear and read unusual and interesting names all the time that make me go "hmm." And even if they don't get added to the shortlist on our mental fridge, maybe they'll spark someone else's naming imagination. So it is...
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September 26, 2006

Any Name You Want, As Long As It's Brianna

You Jasons out there won't understand--heck, we Gregs don't grasp the concept, either--but there is a school of baby naming thought that says the totality of your child's identity, self-esteem, confidence, positive outlook on the world--basically, her entire future--depends...
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Only Gay Dads In The Village Post Family Picture Online

I felt bad that I wasn't coming across many things to post for the 'gay dads' category lately, but now I realize it was because I wasn't surfing Gaydar, the British gay personals site. The Daily Mail was, though,...
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September 24, 2006

Studley Friend Finds Jesus In Ultrasound

If I'm non-plussed by the sighting of Jesus in a Studley, Warwickshire couple's ultrasound image, it's partly because Jesus is one of the most popular Spanish boy's names out there, so technically, ultrasounds with a Jesus in them happen...
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September 22, 2006

That IS A Good Idea, Honey, And It'd Probably Work For Any Name But "Sophie"

I know it's only for stylish moms, but issocuuute! From Cookie's My First Blog (i.e., a blog by a toddler): "I signed all my toys and books with my name Sophie so no one takes them."...
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September 21, 2006


Just came across this quote from artist Jason Rhoades. It didn't register with me at all when I first read it two years ago, but since he passed away--survived by his wife and 3-yo daughter--it just really struck me....
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September 9, 2006

And Coleco Means "Little Cole."

Actually, an artist couple in Philadelphia have a daughter named Atari. [artforum, bottom photo caption]...
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September 4, 2006

Baby-Dangling Croc Hunter Killed In Freak Stingray Accident

TV personality and wild animal wrangler Steve Irwin, shown here in 2004 dangling his plump, 1-month-old, chicken-sized son during a Crocodile feeding show at his animal park, has died while diving on camera, off the coast of Australia. He...
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September 3, 2006

Thumbing Through The New Age Baby Name Book

The New Age Baby Name Book was published in 1974. It was [one of?] the first name books to include non-traditional, non-Anglo, non-Western European names. Which were handily called "Ethnic Names." Before the list started, though, there was a brief...
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August 15, 2006

It's A Myracle! With A 'Y'

21-year-old Kenyetta Biggs didn't tell her family she was pregnant, then she gets in a wreck on the way to the hospital and ends up giving birth in her car, which is partly submerged in a canal. And yet she...
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August 1, 2006

Malaysian Government Lists Up "Undesirable" Names

Malaysia's no melting pot, it's a spice rack. And names are inextricably tied with religious and ethnic identity. So when the National Registration Department wanted to compile a list of "undesirable" baby names, it turned to Confucian, Buddhist, Hindu, and...
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July 11, 2006

Ask A Mormon: What Should I Name My Baby?

When his wife rejected his suggestion of Xena Warrior Princess, Aaron Brown, a contributor to the Mormon groupblog By Common Consent, asked the congregation for some naming suggestions for his soon-to-be-born daughter. His specifics: no "pretentious euro-names," "no Book of...
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June 24, 2006

Kevin Smith: Movie Director, Comic Book Fan, Dad

Now I'm as big a Kevin Smith fan as the next guy. Bigger, even. In the euphoric early days of fatherhood and dadblogging, I called him a "Daddy Types Posterdad." But that was before I actually saw Jersey Girl,...
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May 31, 2006

The Long Tail Of Baby Names

When the latest Social Security Administration numbers for the top 1000 baby names came out a couple of weeks ago, dt reader Matt suggested looking at state-by-state lists of popular names, too. As he pointed out, Ava may have bumped...
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May 18, 2006

Climbing The Stairway To Nevaeh

I guess Strawberry Saroyan was busy. The NY Times' other resident expert on naming oddities, Jennifer 8. Lee, took a front page [?!] look at the miraculous ascendance of Nevaeh into the firmament of the Social Security Administration's top 100...
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May 16, 2006

It's Ava vs. Sophia In SocSec Smackdown

The Social Security Administration's most popular baby names of 2005 ranking are out, and while the Bible-happy boys' list seems the same as it ever was [same as they ever was, same as it ever was, same as it--oh, sorry....
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May 11, 2006

What's A Baby Flea Called?

Sunny Bebop Balzary. Who knew? Sure are cute, though. Again, who knew? [via celebrity baby blog] Related: Flea used to own this multi-colored Mercedes [hooptyrides]...
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May 1, 2006

Double Teaming In The Delivery Room: Shaq & Kobe Both Get Kids On Monday

Kobe Bryant sank the winning shot for the Lakers Sunday, then his wife gave birth to their second daughter Monday. [Which means he's going to miss game 5 of the playoffs Tuesday in Phoenix. Apparently, the only jobs that involve...
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April 16, 2006

Celebrities Name Their Kids: Just Like Us!

Who'd have thought that A Knight's Tale would be the touchstone for understanding this generation of parents. The New York Times reveals that both the film's lead actors had kids, AND they both gave them weird names! And thus, in...
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April 11, 2006

Her Name Is Rio: Turning Song Lyrics Into Baby Names

Well, let's see, there's... Jenny [Tommy Tutone] China [Wang Chung] Eileen [Dexy's Midnight Runners] Jude [The Beatles] Rose [Seal] Frances [Nirvana] Polly [also Nirvana] Apple [Blink 182] Sue [Johnny Cash] Paul Revere [Beastie Boys] Nasty [also Beastie Boys] Ricky [Toni...
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April 10, 2006

Happy Hour At The Martins' House: Gwyneth Has Baby

Congratulations to the Chris Martins, who had their baby boy over the weekend in New York. On the strict advice of their nanny "not mak[e] him the kingpin" of the house--and just in time for Passover--they've named him Moses. Well,...
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Boys & Girls? That Is SO Manhattan

Last week, Blogging Baby reported on a remarkable bit of data analysis on Urban Baby, which broke down the citywide Health Department data to reveal the most popular names by neighborhood. Wow, how'd they do that, I wondered? I couldn't...
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March 6, 2006

Icelandic Baby Names

Do you remember in The Player when studio honcho Griffin (Tim Robbins) takes the Icelandic girlfriend (Greta Scacchi) of the screenwriter he killed to a museum party? The Hollywood people don't know her, and someone goes "Whose daughter did he...
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February 27, 2006

One Is Black, And One Is White. Life's An Eskimo Pie, Let's Take A Bite!

l-r: Remi, Kian, Remee, and Kylie. In a story that has rocked the British tabloidscape, a teen dad has named one of his twin daughters after himself. Oh, and in other news, the kid's white. The two bi-racial parents...
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January 28, 2006

Names I Hadn't Thought Of Until Now

Weather [the kid's taken to anthropomorphizing weather lately, especially if I blame him (i.e., "Weather") for why we can't go to the playground: "Weather's outside." "Hold Weather's hand, make Weather feel better." Of course, there is weatherman Storm Field (named...
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January 23, 2006

Dick Cheney Had No Comment

So on the Golden Globe awards, George Clooney says of Jack Abramoff, "Who would name their kid Jack with the last words 'off' at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up." And so Jack...
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January 22, 2006

Utah, NFL To Meet In Baby Naming Super Bowl

The folks at Metafilter have discovered the Utah Baby Namer, which was like the second website I ever visited. It puts even this list of NFL athlete* names to shame: D'Brickashaw Ferguson Laveranues Coles God Shammgod (funny from beginning to...
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January 17, 2006

No, The Other L Word

I don't know where the line is when it comes to naming a baby after a tv character, but my gut tells me that "Labia Majora" is waayy on the other side of it. That's a/the baby's name on The...
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January 7, 2006

Of Course, He Was Played By A Guy Named Keanu

2.3 hours. That's about how long most people were willing to put up with Neo's identity crisis. As soon as they figured out the second Matrix sucked, they lost patience. Not that growing up behind the Iron Curtain made...
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January 4, 2006

Yeah. Good Thing I Just Spent 12 Hours Fixing My Server

Because otherwise you would've gone on believing that Chris Martin was thinking of naming their next kid CapOne, after the sponsor of the Citrus Bowl, not Capone, after...well, I don't know where he came up with the name, but it...
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November 15, 2005

For The Honor Of Greyskull, What Were You Thinking?

There's a girl at our playground named She-Ra. Not sure how it's spelled, but that's definitely how it sounds. I don't know what else to say about this. She-Ra, Princess of Power [he-man.org, way too many live people in google...
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November 7, 2005

I'll Call Him Mini-me.

So a reader who wishes to remain anonymous writes in: since i've started the playgroup circuit, i've noticed that many moms have named their kids similarly. it's almost like, "this is the name i wish i had so i gave...
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October 30, 2005

Congratulations, Heath Ledger! [PS: Did You Get The Bag Clips?]

Seems that Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams had their baby Friday evening in NYC, so congratulations all around. They named the kid Matilda Rose Ledger, which has Australian fans all excited because apparently "Waltzing Matilda" is "the unofficial song of...
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October 24, 2005

Vida Venit, Vicit! Congratulations, Dave Eggers

And wife Vendela Vida on the birth of their daughter October Adelaide* Eggers Vida. Anyone else out there transpose and give the kid his wife's last name? Anyone else out there name the kid after the month in which she...
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October 19, 2005

Swedish Baby Given Google-Proof Name: Google

Actually, Google is his middle name. He's Lebanese/Swedish, and his dad--a PhD candidate in search engine marketing research--started a blog for him. On Blogspot, of course. GoogleKai.blogspot.com [via bloggingbaby] Previously: Google Onesie [sic], Google-proof your baby...
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October 12, 2005

I Didn't Know There Were Any J-People In Arkansas

I thought they were all in NYC and San Francisco. At least that's where the two J-families WE know live. But congratulations to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar down near Little Rock, who just had their 16th kid, a girl,...
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October 7, 2005

Who Knew? The Jon Stewarts Are Having Another Kid

Not satisfied with controlling the TV and reprogramming the minds of today's youth, Jon Stewart is apparently plotting to fill the earth with people even shorter than himself. The unusually tall David Letterman, of all people, tricked Stewart into admitting...
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October 3, 2005

Congratulations, Nicolas Cage! Actually, It's A Family Name

Did you know: - that before nearly ruining the filming of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, Marlon Brando played Superman's father, Jor-El? - that Nicolas Cage's given name is Coppola? Nephew. - that Cage was once slated to play Superman...
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September 26, 2005

Other Daddies Typing, vol. 3

In the whirlwind logistics of getting out of the house in the morning, disaster strikes: Duckies, Bobo, and Pillow don't make the trip. But is it Jason's fault? [hint: if you find yourself quoting George Bush in your explanation...
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September 17, 2005

No Brooklyns In Brooklyn: NYC Baby Names 2004

New York City has released a report of the most popular names given to the 124,099 babies born in the city in 2004. There's a top ten names for boys and girls overall, and the city compiled top ten lists...
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September 11, 2005

Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself...

Some couple somewhere named their kid Lucifer. Even if you're the Biggest Stones Fan, Ever, this still seems like an unnecessarily cruel thing to do in these theocratic times. Unless, of course the kid is destined to lead the forces...
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August 26, 2005

Congratulations, Jason Goldberg!

If you're a Jason of a certain age, and you had so many Jasons in your class every year growing up, you had to be Jason G, or Jason K, you'd probably develop both a healthy ambition and an appreciation...
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August 23, 2005

Names Of People In Line For The British Throne

According to the Wikipedia entry, which obviously pulled from some authoritative source--because, let's face it, after a while, you just can't keep making this stuff up--there are 873 people in the line of succession to the throne of England, including...
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August 16, 2005

Just Because You Didn't Name Him Osama Doesn't Mean He's Not A Terrorist

Sometimes, you just can't add anything to make a post funnier or a story more utterly ridiculous. "Infants have been stopped from boarding planes at airports throughout the U.S. because their names are the same as or similar to those...
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July 14, 2005

Working Baby Names Into Your Rap??

Is it the Upper West Side? The organized Jewish dating scene? The kids these days? Whatever it is, I don't think I ever steered the conversation towards baby names on the first date, much less before. Still, it's at least...
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July 10, 2005

Bennifer Having A Girl. I Hear.

I wanted to let you know that Celebrity Babies says that the NY Post says that In Touch magazine says that someone overheard Ben Affleck telling someone what he'd told his mother: "My mom wants to know what we're going...
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June 17, 2005

IKEA Names

In the Pottery Barn Kids catalog baby name comments, Kaz wondered about people naming their kids after IKEA furniture. That reminded me of an article I saw last year about how IKEA comes up with their product names. Whether you...
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June 13, 2005

Pottery Barn Kids Kids Names

I know people who've outfitted their entire nurseries in one fell swoop at Pottery Barn Kids. My sister-in-law, meanwhile, was just noticing the kids names used in monograms in the Summer 2005 PBK catalog that she was flipping through, and...
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June 4, 2005

Penn Jillette Names Daughter Moxie

Moxie, what do you think of Moxie? And what about the middle name? If there are any readers named Crimefighter, feel free to chime in. [update: make that CrimeFighter. My bad. "Teller had no comment on the new arrival." heh]...
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June 3, 2005

Baby Names For, By Architects

Who knew? Archinect is one of the leading sites for architecture news, schools, resources, interviews, critical blah blah blah, you name it. So when they're not bitching about the low salaries, long hours, spotlight-hogging starchitect bosses and Daniel Libeskind's glasses,...
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May 21, 2005

Brooklyn, Utah

The Social Security Administration recently released its 2004 baby name data, and Brooklyn is the 8th most popular girl's name of the year--in Utah. It's the 101st most popular girl's name in the country. As with some other aspects of...
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May 17, 2005

Dungeons & Dragons Naming Techniques

Now, I'm no expert, so I don't know if just naming your kid after your favorite D&D character is the highest honor, or the skeeviest error, like naming her after your psycho ex-girlfriend (and not telling your wife that's where...
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April 14, 2005

Betting On Fetus Spears

The English bookmakers William Hill are taking bets on the name of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's baby. Here are some of the current odds. Because it's largely the British press they're playing to, they've started with names of the...
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April 13, 2005

Freakonomics Gets All Fakeonomic On Baby Naming Trends

The Freakonomics guys shoulda quit while they were ahead. Their excerpt on how and why baby names proliferate is not only not very freaky, it's pretty flimsy. Reading it, it felt like any tuned-in parent would have a better sense...
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April 11, 2005

The Socio-Economic Impact Of "Super-Black" Baby Names

Slate is running a two-part excerpt from Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, a new book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, which discusses the impact of giving babies super-black names (i.e., names that...
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March 31, 2005

Justice Is Her Middle Name

Congratulations to new parents Ronald and Patricia, who's daughter Aryan shares a birthday with George Washington. Aryan Justice's birth announcement [newbabynews.net, via lindsayism]...
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March 29, 2005

Gawker Stalks B. D. (aka Big Daddy) Wong

From Gawker:I saw B.D. Wong on Seventh Ave. this morning holding hands with a toddler. If I recall, he and his partner adopted a child, named him Foo, then B.D. wrote a book about two men raising a baby, then...
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March 18, 2005

Jermaking That Up!

In case you haven't already figured it out, I don't read the Washington Post all that often. So apologies for posting this old [Nov. 2004], kind of predictable article on Those Wacky Celebrity Baby Names which I turned up while...
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Gawker Throws Baby Naming Shower For Ashton & Demi

Now that is sweet. On just the rumer that Ashton Kutcher might be needing a "daddy type" trucker hat, Gawker has generously offered to help the punk'd star and his lovely consort Demi scout out names for the l'il, uh--forget...
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February 11, 2005

Namenerds.com: Surprisingly (?) Not Only Nerd Names

Namenerds.com certainly has a dauntingly long list of nerd names. Their particular definition of nerd name seems to be even narrower than "names of sci-fi TV show and movie characters," though. Their "name your baby nerd" list, largely culled from...
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February 8, 2005

All Hail The Baby Name Wizard Empire

Enough with the "We named her Trinity cuz The Matrix is so cool." already. Mother/software designer/writer Laura Wattenberg has just put out The Baby Name Wizard, which injects some welcome data-crunching, analytical rigor to the amorphous, emotional task of babynaming....
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January 28, 2005

Popular Dutch Baby Names

While you could ask where Sem and Senna came from--they're the top boy and girl names, respectively for 2004--it's more interesting to compare the classical (to my ear) Dutch names that were popular in 1939--Johannes, Jan, Hendrik, Willem, Johanna, Wilhelmina--with...
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January 27, 2005

Something We Can All Agree On: These Swedish Parents Are Crazy

In 1996, as a protest to a court order to register an official name for their new child, a Swedish couple named him Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116. Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 Hallin. They said it was "a pregnant, expressionistic development that we see as an artistic...
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January 19, 2005

The Compleat Star Wars

You've already reserved your Darth Tater. Your plush Jawa is still new in box, with tags. What's the one thing no serious Star Wars collection can do without, yet is made all the more difficult to obtain precisely because...
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January 10, 2005

A Boy Named Tsunami

In India, Lakshmi Roy put his family, including his 8-months pregnant wife, on his bike and pedaled them to higher ground to escape the tsunami. His wife then went into labor and delivered the baby three weeks early. Some wiseacre...
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January 1, 2005

Sure, He Has A Name, But Can He Get A Reservation At 60 Thomspon?

As writer Rich Cohen tells how he and his wife came up with their son's name, he goes through just slightly over half the frightening/funny/weighty/ stress-inducing/exasperating thoughts and experiences an expectant father has to deal with:In the seventh month of...
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November 30, 2004

Random Name Generators

The random names generated by spammers seem as good a pool as any to look for baby names. You could either sift through your inbox, or use an online random name generator. I think John Cage would approve. Mike Campbell's...
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October 30, 2004

Andale! Andale!, Nicolai!

Unlike Denmark, Romania clearly has no government-approved list of baby names for parents to choose from. A couple was racing to the hospital in some random city (seriously, does it matter?). The wife's in labor in the car. The husband's...
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October 13, 2004

Jumping Through Danish Baby Naming Hoops

Helen Hunt, you've been warned. Like in other Scandinavian countries (and Germany and Japan and the list goes on...), the Danish government maintains an official list of baby names parents can choose from. Any deviation from that list must be...
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October 12, 2004

2004 Celebrity Baby Names

Celebrity Baby Blog has compiled an exhaustive list of names and dates for every famous person in the world who's had a baby this year. Everyone. Seriously. Very good for name ideas, whether to use or to avoid, it's up...
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September 29, 2004

The Utah Baby Namer

Oh my heck, I am so sorry I didn't post this sooner. This was the site I would introduce people to "the WorldWide Web, the graphical portion of the Internet" with way back in the day. A lot has changed...
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September 28, 2004

Infidel and/or Atheist Baby Names

Who knew that in this era of worldwide religiously inspired harmony and human fellowship, where we all just help each other freely as we wait patiently for The Rapture or Nirvana or The Messiah or whatever, that some people actually...
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September 20, 2004

The Hurricane-Baby Theory?

Everyone knows the Blackout Baby Theory, and I remember hearing about a very localized Snowstorm Baby Theory when Microsoft's overworked programmers got stuck at home for a few days. But the Hurricane-Baby Theory is on the other end of the...
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September 6, 2004

UrbanBabyWatch: Fetal Nicknames

An incomplete list of nicknames given to the little fetus by expecting moms and dads, culled from the UrbanBaby message boards: Moms: Cookie Pie Face Squirt Rice ("b/c the lady who did my ultrasound said, 'like a piece of rice'")...
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September 4, 2004

Star Trek Baby Names

Any name's fine, as long as it's Jadzia. Also popular: B'elanna, and Seven (of Nine). i.e., all the alien hottie characters. Let me go on record here: any Star Trek name is going to be several circles deeper in taunting...
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Cult Film Baby Names

Running down the slippery naming slope here. Anyone could name their kid Cooper, but if you want to name him that because you loved BASEketball, The cult film fansite, Mutant Reviewers From Hell, has a baby name list for you....
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September 3, 2004

LOTR Baby Names

These names are acceptable if your child is born with pointy ears, hairy feet, or an obviously orc-like face. Dwarf-like doesn't cut it because, let's face it, they all come out looking a bit like dwarves. Lord of The Ring...
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June 11, 2004

From the TMI Department

[via the Celebrity Baby Blog] If ever there were a kid wishing he was named after George Lucas's dog, it's Indiana August Affleck, who was born May 31st in Amsterdam, where his dad Casey is filming Oceans Twelve. Apparently, Affleck...
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Dads: not only NOT perfect, sometimes downright stupid

[via a Gawker reader in Texas] "Hilton Furniture owner Jack Hilton, quite a celebrity with his energetic cheap local-only Houston commercials, introduced his baby daughter on a commercial today. He named his daughter Paris. Paris Hilton." Related Tip: Use Google...
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June 9, 2004

Statistical Analysis of Baby-naming Trends, via The Economist

British researchers studying "the mathematics of cultural transmission" have published a statistical analysis of the emergence of popular new baby names. The Economist reviewed their results. Some key factors: new, non-traditional names are almost 2x more likely for girls than...
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May 29, 2004

Strawberry, Apple. Apple, Strawberry

Strawberry Saroyan (granddaughter of William) gives some friendly, reassuring advice for Apple Martin in the NY Times Style section. Strawberry and her sister, Cream's names were suggested by their grandmother, but readily adopted by her artist mother and "one-word poet"...
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May 27, 2004

Baby Naming Madness

LOLOL ...How about Lou? When I was in England, I heard that name and it seemed to have a little tinkle to it. Randy is good too. You weren't listening QUITE hard enough in England, were you? ... And then...
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May 21, 2004

Baby Naming, Now Apple-Scented

Apple Martin's falling, so to speak, from the tree, has intensified the water cooler-level interest in baby-naming strategies. Strategies, as opposed to categories or outcomes: Asking a longtime friend for permission to name your child after theirs is both honorable...
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May 17, 2004

Coldplay's Daddy Video: The Nappies

When they have a baby, some musicians get their friends together and make silly T-shirts. Others get their friends together, put on silly wigs, and make silly videos. Coldplay, it turns out, falls into the latter category. To celebrate the...
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April 21, 2004

Kids Naming Kids

From McSweeney's: Baby Names for an Expected Sister Suggested by Nathaniel Watson, Age Six Early on, in the interest of drumming up ideas and goodwill among cousins, and avoiding children's-eye-level trends ("Well, there are 10 Isabelle's in my class."), we...
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Putting the PHAT in Phather

Retired NJ Net Jayson Williams isn't relying on the criminal justice system to fill all his spare time. The NYPost reports that Williams and his wife Tanya just had a second child. Little Whizdom J. Williams joins her sister, Tryumph,...
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April 8, 2004

Egyptian and Soap Opera Baby Naming Trends

Shahd (pure honey) became popular on the back of the Ramadan 2002 soap Amira fi Abdin, which featured a character of the same name. Bawabat Al-Halawani, a soap first shown on Egyptian TV in the late 1990s, introduced the...
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February 18, 2004

If you're buying a baby naming book

Consider Beyond Jennifer and Jason, which groups possible names into very useful categories. In fact, the categories are almost more helpful, since they can focus your naming efforts. For example, we found categories like Soap Opera Names, TV Character Names,...
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February 12, 2004

Google-proof your baby

To this list of standard baby name dealbreakers: - Already too trendy - Used by celebrity parents - Soap opera characters > 0 - The WB/USA Network characters > 0 - Vanity URL availability I would add: Google search results...
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