Category: baby name advice
The president hosted a fireside chat on Google+ last week.Â He tackled complex, divisive topics like the environment and the economy.
But baby names?
Giving baby name advice is tough.Â It means sorting names into the good and the bad, or maybe the good and the less good.Â Explaining why we like a name is nearly impossible sometimes, isnâ€™t it?Â Explaining what we dislike can be too easy.
This weekâ€™s news was filled with gorgeous girlsâ€™ names representing every possible style and trend, from imports to underused classics to modern discoveries.
The nine most newsworthy baby names are:
A few weeks ago we asked the Nameberry moms and dads to tell us their best baby names rules.Â What followed were hundreds of suggestions, from the idiosyncratically individual (All middle names must be Celtic and begin with R) to rules so universal they might apply to everyone.
Rule Number 1, according to one berry?Â No dumb names.Â Weâ€™re down with that, along with these 21 other smart, sensible rules that every modern baby namer should follow:
There are few things more thrilling in life than having your first baby.Â But newbie baby namers are prone to making some mistakes that more experienced name choosers are able to avoid.
If youâ€™re choosing a baby name for the first time, donâ€™t make one of these 7 common mistakes:
1. Believing that the names that were popular â€“ and creative â€“ when you were a kid still have the same status.
2. Thinking that the playground rules are the same as they were back in the day.
Kids no longer get teased for having names that are unique, androgynous, exotic, or hard to pronounce or spell.Â Rather, name diversity is celebrated.
For those of you who donâ€™t check the Birth Announcements forum on our Message Boards or arenâ€™t yet our friends on Facebook (tsk, tsk!), we thought weâ€™d gather up the names of the newest babyberries here for all to see.Â These are allÂ baby names ofÂ 2011â€”and the year isnâ€™t even half over yet!
When Pam and I wrote our first name book back in the Era of Jennifer & Jason, it was filled with names we loved, many of which seemed quite outrÃ© to many people at that time.Â Milo?Â Felix?Â Lulu?Â Clementine?Â Araminta?Â Out of the question, we heard!
And so for us to look at a list like the one below is like a dream come trueâ€”a whole mini-universe populated by Barnabys and Beatrices, supported by such a strong community of wise and savvy advice-sharersâ€”it all makes us feel like a pair of proud virtual godmamas.
Here they are, together with sibs and nicknames, when available:
The Nameberry Question of the Week: What is the best baby name advice you’ve been given–and where did it come from?
What was the advice and did/will you act on it?
Was it given by a friend or family member?
Did you read it in a book or magazine article?
Was it advice on a website–from a blog or from friends on a message board (nameberry’s, we hope!)?