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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.

Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2010

Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham, with daughters Ella, left, and Grace, get kudos for Grace's name. Credit: Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images Tracking the names celebrities give their babies is like a sport nowadays. Whether the stars choose...From Aviana Olea to Buddy Bear Maurice, check out this year's crop of celebrity baby names.

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.

Most Popular Baby Names of 2010

What's your name, baby? Credit: Getty Images
BabyCenter released its list of Top 100 Baby Names of 2010 today and there's a new queen in town.
Sophia takes the number one spot this year, pushing Isabella out, while Aiden continues h...
New babies are 'Glee'ful!

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!

Spain Finds New Way to Push for Gender Equality

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MADRID (AP) - Spain's reform-minded Socialist government wants to erase male bias in the country's double-barrel last names.
Spaniards have two last names, and unde...
Spain's reform-minded Socialist government wants to erase male bias in the country's double-barrel last 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.

5 Easy Ways to Judge a Baby Name

When it comes to choosing a baby name, trust your instincts. Credit: Nicole Hill, Getty Images
This article is courtesy of Pamela Redmond Satran of nameberry.
Many of us spend an entire nine months -- or even longer -- weighing the ...
Many of us spend an entire nine months -- or even longer -- weighing the relative merits of names for our babies, but here are some tips for making the decision easier.
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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?

Baby Name Map Puts a Global Spin on Your Search

Matias or Valentina may be more your cup of tea. Credit: Baby Name Map
If you've ever read through the published lists of hottest baby names and thought, "really?" then this cool Baby Name Map may help you put things in perspective. Built u...
If you've ever read through the published lists of hottest baby names and thought, "really?" then this cool Baby Name Map may help you put things in perspective.

American Baby Names: The Melting Pot

American baby names span the globe. Credit: Corbis
Mirroring the diversity of America's melting pot society, American baby names often reflect the makeup of our nation. But, like a carnival fun house, some of those reflections often distort the t...
Mirroring the diversity of America's melting pot society, American baby names often reflect the makeup of our nation. But, like a carnival fun house, some of those reflections often distort the true nature of the original image.

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.

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