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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...
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.

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.

Most Popular New York Baby Names: Jayden, Isabella Lead the List

Jayden is the top moniker for boys. Credit: Getty Images
What's in a baby's name? Well, if soap opera characters are passé and you're all about taking the lead through the lens of diversity, likeability and culture, then Jayden...
The just-in results show that Isabella edged out Sophia in 2009 as the most popular name for baby girls, while Jayden held steady at number one for boys.

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)....Parents obsess over baby name choices, but do those choices really matter? Can the names we give our children really affect their life paths?

Biblical Baby Names: Best Resources

Biblical baby girl names can honor religious beliefs. Credit: Getty
What do Mary, Sophie and Rachel have in common with Kristen, Shiloh and Alexandra? They're all biblical baby names that happen to be popular, as well. Many parents...

Is My Nephew the Spawn of Satan?

My nephew's baby has already been born, but the name they chose will give you goosebumps. Damien. Are they in their right minds? I find it truly embarrassing. I think so many people have seen all the "Omen" movies. I know there is nothing you can do....

'SpongeBob' and Other Names Our Child Wanted to Name the New Baby

"SpongeBob" does have a nice ring to it... Credit: Nickelodeon / AP
Magician Penn Gillette and his wife named their baby daughter Moxie CrimeFighter. That raises an interesting question: "What the $#@!?" Moxie CrimeFighter sounds like a...

Why Does Everybody Get My Name Wrong?

My birth first name is Garold. My mother intended for it to be pronounced like Harold, but with a G instead of a H. She went to school with a Garold. I've had an English teacher tell me my name is not spelled correctly -- that my mom made a mistake...

Does the Dog Have Dibs on My Grandma's Name?

My grandmother's name was Annabelle, and I was very close to her and would love to pay tribute with my daughter's name. Recently, my friends got a puppy and named her Bella. When I mentioned it, people have asked why I would want the same name for...

Is the World Ready for Another Grace Kelly?

My daughter has always wanted to name a baby girl Grace, and it's especially nice because her great grandmother's name was Grace. However, she has married a Mr. Kelly, making a prospective baby girl Grace Kelly. She is wondering if this would...

Baby Girl Names That Sound Like Boy Names

Peyton Manning has a popular girls' name. Credit: Michael Conroy, Associated Press
Baby girl names usually sound like, well, girl names, right? But what if you want to give your daughter a name traditionally associated with boys, such as Quinn,...

Baby Names and Meanings: Most Popular Names of 2009

Plenty of websites will help you research baby names and meanings. Credit: Getty When choosing a child's name, its meaning is sometimes secondary to the name itself, but some parents make their choices based on both baby names and...

Top 100 Baby Names: Be Different, but Not Too Different

Changing up letters -- such as trading a "C" for a "K" -- as in Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian -- is a way to change up a popular name. Credit: Moises De Pena, Getty Images
Choosing a name for your baby is serious business. Maybe you want a...

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