This is a little different from our regular fare, but it’s a topic that consumes new parents so I thought it would be a good addition. Babycenter.com published the top baby names of 2010 and tracked what will be the hot names of 2011. Here is an interview I did with editor Linda Murray on the topic. She was on a media tour and I am the disembodied voice, but it’s an entertaining exchange I believe. But, then my name is from a famous cartoon character so what do I know? (Yes, Mom, I know you were thinking Daphne DuMaurier).
What label are you okay with people affixing to your child? And how far should that relationship go?
When I was a kid, I read my baby book that my mother had written in for me. And since I was the third, kudos to her for scrawling anything down. Next to my name, the book asked, “Who is the baby named for?” My mother wrote: “herself.” I always liked that. Now, maybe if I had had a loveable Aunt Daphne I might have liked that connection… but there wasn’t anyone in my family I wanted to be named after.
Come on, lay it on me. Your votes for the worst names. It’s so subjective, really. Well…to a point.
Move over social security site, there is a new baby name site that has caught my heart. It’s part of Babble, which is a good parenting site as well. I’m a bit flummoxed by picking a boy’s name, so this is my latest sounding board. I don’t want to pick a super-trendy name and this site has graphs that tell you the peak popularity of names so your kid is not one of 40 in his preschool with his name. For instance, my husband’s name, Mark, reached its peak popularity in 1960. His name, along with the name “Linda,” is probably due for a comeback in 20 years.
You can also put in names you like and it will give similar names. Not that I have a name yet, but at least I have a new fave web destination for after Viv goes to sleep.