Blogging ABC News: The Great Baby Naming Dilemma

Blogging ABC News: The Great Baby Naming Dilemma

Julia Cho
Sep 21, 2007

How did you choose your baby's name? A segment on the news last night focused on the growing pressures of choosing a baby name. Mathew Pierre and his wife were up to 41 weeks with no name. They finally saw the name Merlene on a book cover and Mathew said he just felt it.

Pam Satran, the author of eight books on baby names, had this to say: ""What you name your child does have a lasting impact and does shape their life," she said. "Does it shape it to the extent that it's eveything? That it determines their success and their love life and their luck? I don't believe that. But does it have some influence? Yes."

The most popular names last year according to the social security administration: Jacob and Emily.

Are there certain names that will give your child an edge in life? We always find ourselves wondering. When we have debated baby names in the past, we find ourselves associating those names with certain kinds of people.

People are using books, Web sites, and even baby name consultants to find that perfect name. And it seems the trend leans towards unique names. But is it fair to ask your child to spell their name for everyone they meet their whole life?

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