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Baby Names That Will Make Your Child an 'A' Student

Watch A Related Video to This Article Want your newborn to pursue a path to Harvard? Hoping to set her up for a school career of top grades and academic success? Then forget the in utero symphonies and infant flash cards and give her a name that...Want your child to earn straights As? Give her a name that starts with that letter.

Irish Names for Modern Babies

Lots of Americans have Irish grandmothers named Bridget and Grandpa Patricks, moms named Eileen or Kathleen, uncles or dads called Sean. But now, in time for St. Patrick's Day, there's a new generation of Irish names. With deep Gaelic roots, these...Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, here's a new generation of Irish names.

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.

Modern Baby Names for Boys

Is Jacob from "Twilight" the inspiration behind your baby boy's name? Credit: Peter Kramer, AP
Once a popular biblical name, the name Jacob has experienced a renaissance in recent years to become the most popular modern baby name for boys in the ...
Pop culture may be driving name trends, but many modern names have more traditional roots.

Hindu Baby Names: Best Online Resources

Hindu baby names are often inspired by gods and goddesses. Credit: Sam Panthaky, AFP/Getty Images
Selecting a name for a child is one of the most important choices a Hindu parent will make, as Hindus believe baby names help ensure the child wil...

Greek Baby Names for Boys

Look to Greece and Greek history when choosing baby names for boys. Credit: Corbis
When it comes to choosing a name for a newborn son, many parents consider monikers that are strong and classic. And, among the most popular and timeless boys' na...

Hawaiian Baby Names: Beyond Malia

Malia Obama, shown with her famous dad, has helped popularize her name. Mandel Ngan, AFP/Getty Images
Thanks to first daughter Malia Obama, Hawaiian baby names are more popular than ever. But Malia, a Hawaiian form of Mary that means "calm,...

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 na...

Baby Names: Share or Save?

You've got the baby name. Now, do you share it or keep it secret until she's born? Credit: Getty
In the Internet age, it's tempting to share everything from what you had for lunch to the most intimate details of your life, so it isn't surpris...

Popular Baby Names to Avoid

Thanks to "Twilight," Bellas and Jacobs soon will be taking over classrooms everywhere. Credit: AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Kimberley French
If you think Adolf is a cool name, fast-forward to when your son starts studying world history. Ho...

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, ...

Worst Baby Name Trends of the Decade

Here at Name Lady Central we see names of all stripes, from the common and conservative to the wild and woolly. Most of them, even the woolliest, are chosen with love by well-meaning moms and dads. But a few name trends from the past decade h...

Native American Names

Native American names have become popular with parents in recent years. There are many web sites dedicated to helping parents choose Native American names for their children, but not all are reliable sources. According to Native Languages, many na...

Your 'Uncommon' Baby Name Is Everywhere

A number of friends have told me that they've selected "uncommon" and/or "old -fashioned" names for their babies -- and then they proceed to say that the baby will be called Ava, Olivia, Isabella, Aiden, etc. They are all perfectly good choices, and ...

Can the Right Baby Name Get You into Harvard?

Dear Name Lady, What names are most likely to get my kids into a top college? I know this is a bit of a ridiculous question, but could a first name actually make a difference? If so, what names would be good? - Probably Not Harvard-Bound An...

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