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The Baby Name Guru Reviews the Latest Celebrity Baby Names . . .
by Bruce Lansky

Celebrity Baby Name Review

Marion Loretta Elwell & Tabitha Hodge

It's not surprising that Broadway star Matthew Broderick and TV star Sarah Jessica Parker picked names rich in showbiz lore. Marion was the name of the bespectacled librarian female lead in The Music Man, a hit Broadway show that went on to win the 1958 Tony for Best Musical. Tabitha was the name of the bewitching female lead on the late-1970s TV show, Tabitha. If you've ever seen the show, you'll recall that Tabitha would wrinkle her nose in order to activate her witchcraft powers.

Both names make first impressions closely related to their showbiz origins. When people hear the name Marion, they tend to think of a bespectacled, nerdy librarian. And when they hear the name Tabitha, they picture a cute, charming witch.

When you have twins, it's a good idea to select names that will work well together. Notice that Marion and Tabitha both have three syllables, so they sound good together. Both names are also more or less equally out of fashion.

However, there's one respect in which the twins' names aren't well matched: Marion has two middle names, Loretta and Elwell, while Tabitha only has one, Hodge. If you have kids, you know that they can complain all day about something they think isn't fair. In my opinion, giving one twin two middle names and the other twin only one middle name is a decision that produces an asymmetrical situation that may not sit right with the girls-or with people who read the birth announcement. Maybe this seems like much ado about nothing or a tempest in a teapot, but it's the kind of detail that should have been discussed before the birth announcement was released.

In summary, I like the showbiz angle, but I think Broderick and Parker could have picked names that make more positive first impressions and I'm not thrilled by the middle-name snafu.

My Verdict: One thumb up!

Bruce LanskyAbout the Author:
is North America's #1 author of baby name books. His books have sold over 11.5 million copies. His latest name book is 5-Star Baby Name Advisor.

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