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Am I Too Young to Change My Name?

I'm a boy, and my dad thought Karmen was a boy's name when I was born. Now I'm called Karmen in all my official statements, school records etc. I really hate it and I get bullied for it. I'm 16. Can I change my name? How? - Karmen In the U.S., ...You've run into an ugly truth about names in America: Gender matters. A lot.

My Daughter's Name Matches Her Birthday!

Our favorite girl's name, the only one we can agree on, is June. We picked it before we got pregnant and now we are due in June! Is it too tacky to name your child after the month she is born in? - June Mom I've received questions like this man...June is a classic. October or November? Now, those might be weird.

Is My Favorite Baby Name Too Weird?

I've been having a love affair with the name Calypso since I was 16 years old! I love the name, I love the sound, I love the Greek mythology and I love the nickname Caly to go with it. My husband also loves the name, but neither of us are sure if we ...This name may make people think "Day-O," rather than Greek nymph.

Does My Brother Have Dibs on My Favorite Name?

I am having my third child and plan to name the child (if it is a boy) after my father. My older brother has two daughters, and he is recently remarried. He has talked about having more children. My father is the only boy in his generation, as is my ...This question takes us beyond the realm of baby naming rules, into the twisty world of family traditions.

Is My Daughter's Name Too Confusing?

We named our daughter Kennedy for her first name and Devyn for her middle name. We now realize that when just hearing her name, no one knows if she is a boy or girl, because both first and middle names can belong to a girl or a boy. Did we make a mis...If you decide that the confusion isn't worth it, the good news is that you only need to change the middle name.

Can I Avoid Nicknames?

I am due in December, and my husband and I like the name William. The problem is our last name, which ends in "ll" as well, rules out the nickname Will. We do not like any of the other popular nicknames for William. How reasonable is it to expect tha...As many Name Lady readers have told me, nicknames have a life of their own. Parental control only goes so far.

I'm the Victim of a Baby Name Thief!

I had a baby name picked out for about 10 years, and I made the mistake of telling someone about it. Not only did they take the first name, but they took the middle name, too! It's completely uncommon. I know full well that I have no ownership of t...Whenever I see this person writing their baby's name, I actually feel betrayed. Is this completely insane?

Does My Baby Need a Whole Name?

I want to name my baby boy J.R. as his first name. My grandfather was nicknamed J.R. and I want to name my son in honor of him. Since my husband and I can't agree on what the J and R would stand for I'm thinking of just naming him with initials. Do y...Well, that's a creative solution to a naming deadlock: Not choosing a name at all!

Do I Have a Boy's Name?

My name is Tracy. I have been told by many that it is the male version of the name -- that the female version is supposed to be either Treacy or Tracey. I am a woman. Can you clear this up for me? - Tracy Treacy? Oh dear. You've fallen vic...Sorry, Tracy, but you've fallen victim to America's love-hate relationship with androgynous names.
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How Can We Compromise on Baby Names?

I'm currently in my second trimester with twins, a boy and a girl. We settled on our son's name easily, Nathaniel James. However, we can't seem to find the perfect girl's name. I would like to find a name that matches our son's. I'm in love with old ...Compromise is a tricky word when it comes to baby names. To find real middle ground, you have to understand the styles on each side.
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Can I Give My Daughters the "Same" Name?

My 2-year-old daughter's name is Elizabeth. Since Isabella is the Spanish version of the name Elizabeth, should I not name my new baby Isabella? The two names sound and look completely different to me, but will this create a lifelong problem for my...Don't we all create lifelong problems for our children?

Will This Name Doom My Baby?

After years of trying, we are thrilled to be expecting a baby girl. I didn't think the naming would be hard ... I've always liked "Mallory" because it's cute, but not that common. But while looking up name meanings I was horrified to discover that ...I liked "Mallory," but I was horrified to discover that it means "ill-fated young woman." Now I'm a little unsure.

Can I Name My Baby After the Bad Guy?

If a rare name is well known for being a bad character in legend, mythology or a story, does it mean you can't use it? - Notorious Mom One challenge of writing a baby name advice column is that you can't change names to protect the innocent. ...If a rare name is well known for being a bad character in legend, mythology or a story, does it mean you can't use it?

Is My Favorite Baby Name Really Off Limits?

My last name is Ritz. My husband and I really like the name London but every time I make a name poll, everyone scoffs at the combination because they say it sounds like a hotel. Would this be something you really think she would be teased about in ...My last name is Ritz. My husband and I really like the name London but every time I make a name poll, everyone scoffs at the combination because they say it sounds like a hotel. Would this be something you really think she would be teased about in life, and would it be so bad?

Can Your Name Seal Your Fate?

Parents obsess over baby name choices, but do those choices really matter? Can the names we give our children really affect their life paths? That question is ostensibly asked by this promotional video for the new film "Freakonomics" (NSFW). Unf...Parents obsess over baby name choices, but do those choices really matter? Can the names we give our children really affect their life paths?

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