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Baby Names

Something seems to happen to the common sense of a celebrity when it comes to picking a name for their baby, it disappears.  With all common sense right out the window we get names like Pilot Inspektor or Moxie Crimefighter.

I found this fun poll on Baby Center where you can vote for the craziest celebrity baby name.  My personal choice was Pilot Inspektor, I mean that is a profession not someone’s name!!  What is your pick for the wackiest celebrity baby name?

Coming up with a good name for your baby can be difficult (I know from experience).  According to a survey taken of readers on Baby Center 33% of readers said that picking a name for their baby was very difficult and drove them crazy.  26% said it took them 8 months or longer to come up with a name.  I wonder how many parents don’t have a name picked out yet as they are driving to the hospital to have the baby?

Did you and your partner have a hard time picking out a name?  What sort of ground rules did you set?  Did you get tons of suggestions from all your relatives?

One of the great challenges of pregnancy is coming up with a name for your little bundle of joy.  You will get advice and recommendations from everyone.  Remember that naming your baby is a personal decision between you and your spouse.  You don't have to listen to all those recommendations or use any of them.  This is your baby and naming her is ultimately up to you and your partner.

As you go on your search for just the right name here are a few helpful websites.

Naming your baby will seem like quite the daunting task at first, but don't worry, you will eventually find just the right name.  Don't worry about what other people think, you can't please everyone.  Do your research and talk it out with your partner.  Good luck to you Smile.

I was looking through a baby name book the other day, The Complete Book of Baby Names, and came across a section showing the most popular names from countries around the world.  I thought it was very interesting to see which names were common among the lists and which were unique for that country.  It was very interesting to see that the top boy names were often different, however, the top name for girls was common among many countries.

Here are a few examples of the top names for boys in girls in the various countries listed.  These lists were compiled based on the top name lists for 2005.

In Finland the top name for boys was Juhani and for girls it was Maria.

In Germany the top name for boys was Alexander and for girls it was Marie.

In Ireland the top name for boys was Sean and for girls it was Emma.

In New Zealand the top name for boys was Joshua and for girls it was Emma.

In Spain the top name for boys was Alejandro and for girls it was Lucia.

In Sweden the top name for boys was William and for girls it was Emma.

In Canada the top name for boys was Ethan and for girls it was Emma.

In Denmark the top name for boys was Mikkel and for girls it was Emma.

In Chile the top name for boys was Benjamin and for girls it was Catalina.

In Poland the top name for boys was Jan and for girls it was Anna.

In the US the top name for boys was Jacob and for girls it was Emily.

It sure does appear that Emma is a popular name around the world!  You can find a full list for each country in The Complete Book of Baby Names.

Coming up with a good name for a baby is surprisingly difficult. Deciding on a name that not only both you and your partner agree on, but that also doesn’t make your child the laughing stock of the school yard is a lot harder than you would think. This struggle to find just the right name results in a group of kids that all have the same name in every class. In my generation there were a lot of Jennifers and Michaels in my class.

Babycenter is out with their list of the top names of 2006. Here are the top ten names for girls and boys.


  1. Emma
  2. Madison
  3. Ava
  4. Emily
  5. Isabella
  6. Kaitlyn
  7. Sophia
  8. Olivia
  9. Abigail
  10. Hailey


  1. Aiden
  2. Jacob
  3. Ethan
  4. Ryan
  5. Matthew
  6. Jack
  7. Noah
  8. Nicholas
  9. Joshua
  10. Logan

Babycenter uses information gathered from their more than 370,000 members to develop their list. It is always interesting to see what names remain popular and what names fall by the way side. I wonder what names will be on top next year?

What’s in a name? There can be a lot in a name. A name usually has an individual meaning. For example, my name, Lisa, means consecrated to God. A name also often reflects the time we were born, like what names were popular or common. It can also reflect our parent’s personality, or love for a particular family member (if they pass on a family name).

Naming our baby is one of the first times we are given the opportunity to completely impact our child’s life. The name you and your partner choose for your little bundle of joy will be with them for the rest of their lives. Promise that you will remember that as you search for a name for your child. The name you pick will be with them forever!!

For each couple the approach will be different. For many couples a family name will rise to the top of the list, be it grandma’s name, or dad’s name, or some name that has been in the family for generations. For other’s it is all about picking a name that is popular at the time. Still others will delve deep into the baby name books in search of that unique name that shows their originality.

No matter what category you find yourself in be sure to take the time to think about the name you have chosen to be sure it is a good match and something you can live with. Try to imagine what it will be like to call out your child’s name millions of times over the next 18 years.

On the Baby Name Wizard Blog there is an article that discusses a new trend when it comes to picking baby names. We seem to be leaning towards naming our children with the most original name we can think of, even if it has no meaning, and is impossible to spell, just for the sake of being more original than everyone else. The trend seems to have started in the celebrity world where celebrities are giving their children such names as Pilot Inspektor, Moxie Crimefighter, and Diva Muffin. What were they thinking?

When we sit down to choose a name for our baby the one thing we should really keep in mind is that we don’t want to give them a name that is going to send them running to the social security office on their 18th birthday to change it. A name can be original without being crazy.

Even with all the pressure naming your child can be a lot of fun. While you sit around waiting for your baby to finally make an appearance, have fun searching through the baby name books for that one perfect name.


Top Ten Baby Names of 2005 According to the Social Security Administration

Girls Boys
Emily Jacob
Emma Michael
Madison Joshua
Abigail Matthew
Olivia Ethan
Isabella Andrew
Hannah Daniel
Samantha Anthony
Ava Christopher
Ashley Joseph