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  • 2014 Baby Name Predictions - 5 Trends Moms Can't Avoid
    2013 was definitely a banner year for outrageous baby names. 2014 is shaping up to be the year that pushes the boundaries of what was previously considered "normal" though. As parents strive to distinguish their children from peers, social baby naming website, Belly Ballot is predicting some shocking New Year's trends.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2013
    Jacob and Michael have held the top spot since 1960, but a new name tops the Social Security Administration's 2013 list for boys' names while Sophia remains the top name for girls. See the most popular names for boys and girls in the United States for 2013.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2012
    Jacob and Sophia are repeat champions as America’s most popular baby names for 2012. This is the fourteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the second year for Sophia. There is a new couple in the top 10 this year--Elizabeth and Liam replace Chloe and Daniel. Elizabeth has been here before, but this is the first time Liam breaks into the top 10.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2011
    Jacob and Sophia take top honors on Social Security's Most Popular Baby Names List. This is the thirteenth year in a row Jacob tops the list for boys and the first year for Sophia, who knocks Isabella to number two after a two-year stint at the top of our list for girls. There is only one new name in the top 10 on either list this year. Mason rocketed to number two from outside of the top ten to replace Anthony on the boys' side.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2010
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, Jacob and Isabella are king and queen of the crib for another year. Check out the top 1000 popular names in the United States for 2010.

  • Irish Baby Names - Surviving A Turbulent History
    You don't have to be Irish to give your baby an Irish name. Many of these beautiful-sounding names, with strong, spiritual meanings, are applicable to peoples of all races. So if you are looking for a name for a new baby, it may be worth delving into the world of Irish baby names.

  • Italian Baby Names - Romantic, Yet Traditional
    Italian baby names, like the language itself, can be very beautiful, flowing and romantic. Who can resist the beautiful sounding Allesandro (literal meaning "The protector and helper of mankind"), or Giovanni ("God is gracious") or Carmela ("A garden or orchard")? Learn more about Italian baby names and Italian traditions for naming.

  • Top 10 Romantic Names from Movies We Love
    A name is like a song, when you hear it, you go back to a place in your memory where you might like to stay a while. As Valentine's Day approaches, and love is in the air, we are reminded of our favorite romance movies, starring some of our most beloved heartthrobs. Some are unique and some are classic, but nonetheless we are reminded of passion and adoration by just hearing the name. Here are 10 of our favorites!

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2009
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 1000 popular names in the United States for 2009.

  • Trendy, Up-and-Coming Baby Names for 2010 - What's Hot and What's Not
    What will parents be naming their babies in 2010? The Baby Name Guru Bruce Lansky takes a quick look at the hottest trends. Because trendy names often move in pairs or clusters, in this report we’ll look at the names that are movin’ on up and the themes that explain them.

  • What Were They Thinking? The 10 Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2009
    Baby Name Guru Bruce Lansky regularly reviews the birth announcements of celebrities because, like it or not, the names they select influence the choices of millions of parents. Here are his faves and clunkers for 2009 but some potential trend-setting names.

  • How to Pick the Perfect Names for Siblings
    To name your first baby, your assignment is simple: Pick some names you and your spouse or partner both like, decide how well each will work for your child over his or her lifetime, then choose the best one. When you name your second baby, however, there's one more step: Consider how well that name "goes" with the name of your first child. Baby Name Guru Bruce Lansky shares his best tips.

  • What's Hot, What's Not: The Latest Naming Trends
    Every year around Mother's Day, the Social Security Administration releases the latest baby name popularity information. Here are the most interesting trends for 2008 spotted by the Baby Name Guru Bruce Lansky.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2008
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 1000 popular names in the United States for 2008.

  • When the Economy Is Bad, Baby-Naming Should Become More Conservative
    Historically, women's hemlines have varied with the rise and fall of the stock market. It's a fact that tough times produced conservative fashions. So in today's struggling economy, it's reasonable to assume that parents will-and should-adopt a more conservative approach to baby-naming.

  • The Dashing Baby Boy and Baby Girl Names of the Joyful 1950s
    New parents are often influenced by events around them when they name their new babies. The 1950s was a decade of big achievements. The dashing baby boy names and baby girl names of the joyful 1950s reflected an atmosphere of new expectations.

  • The 8 Worst Celebrity Baby Names of 2008
    Although there weren’t any celebrity baby-names as bad as Dweezil, Audio Science, or Pilot Inspektor selected in 2008, many celebrities chose names which are likely to be uncomfortable for their children and exhibit some of the classic baby-naming mistakes parents should avoid. Here are the eight worst celebrity baby names of the year.

  • Barack vs. John for President
    If you've been following the presidential campaign, you may have noticed that the contrast between the candidates' first names could hardly be greater.

  • The Baby Name Guru Reviews the Latest Celebrity Baby Names:

  • How to Prevent Birth Announcement Letdown and Baby Name Regret by Bruce Lansky
    What's worse: Announcing your baby's name to ho-hum or negative responses, or having your child come home from school in tears because of name teasing? What about when your adult child uses his or her middle name because the first name you chose isn't "good enough" anymore? Learn how to prevent Birth Announcement Letdown and Baby Name Regret!

  • The Latest Popularity Trends for Baby Names by Bruce Lansky
    Here are Baby Name Guru Bruce Lansky's thoughts on the Social Security Administration's May 2008 baby name popularity information, including his trend predictions for 2008.

  • How to Pick a Unique Version of a Popular Name by Bruce Lansky
    Many parents-to-be like the security and familiarity of popular names. However, psychologists say a child with a popular name seems to have better odds of success than a child with an uncommon name, but a child whose name is at the top of the popularity poll may not feel as unique and special as a child whose name is less common. Perhaps a good compromise is to select a unique version of a popular name for your baby. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2007
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 1000 popular names in the United States for 2007.

  • Names from Nature
    It's Spring and nature is blooming forth! Celebrate by giving your baby a name from nature. Check out our list.

  • Irish Baby Names
    It's that time of year for the wearin' o' the green! If you're looking for a fabulous Irish name, check out our list of beautiful names. You're little leprechaun will love it!

  • When the New Baby Name Isn't Exactly a Hit
    The time has come for you to finally name your new baby, you're happy with your decision and have signed the birth certificate and put in your request for a social security card. You anxiously await visiting hours so you can tell all of your visitors the wonderful name you've selected and upon doing so, they stare at you as if you named your son Plum or your daughter Zeus. Hmm, what's a parent to do?

  • Baby Name Expert Predicts Up-and-Coming Names for 2006
    Popularity of names, like the length of hemlines and the width of ties, is subject to change every year. Author Bruce Lansky shares his predictions for the most popular names of 2006.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2006
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 1000 popular names in the United States for 2006.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in 2005
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 1000 popular names in the United States for 2005.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names in 2004
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 1000 popular names in the United States for 2004.

  • Popularity for Top 200 Names in 2003
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 200 popular names in the United States for 2003.

  • Popularity for Top 1000 Names for Babies Born in the 1900's
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 1000 popular names in the United States between 1900 and 1910.

  • Unique and Unusual Names
    Today one of the biggest trends in naming is choosing a unique name. How do you find a name that is unique and unusual? Here are some suggestions, along with a few warnings . . .

  • Celebrity trends in baby naming
    Are celebrities going too far in naming their babies? Would you like to go through life as "Audio Science"? Find out more in this fun article!

  • Shakespeare Names
    When searching for that perfect baby name, consider looking to literature for inspiration. Here's a list of male and female names from Shakespeare's works.

  • Five Easy Steps to Picking the Perfect Baby Name
    One of the few decisions you'll make during pregnancy that will, in fact, last throughout your child's lifetime is the choice of your baby's name. Follow these easy steps to choose the best name for your baby.

  • Rules of Thumb For Choosing a Baby Name
    From Aaliyah to Zvi, the range of name choices is dazzling. If you're a sleepless parent-to-be, it can look like a vast landscape with no road map. To make sure you keep your bearings, here are some basic principles for understanding names--and finding that one perfect name that speaks to your heart.

  • Popularity for Top 100 Names in 2002
    According to the Social Security Administration's records, these are the top 100 popular names in the United States for 2002.

  • Popularity for Top Names 100 in 2001
    According to the Social Security Administration, check out the top 100 more popular names in the United States for 2001.

  • How to Pick a Name That You and Your Baby Will Like
    Author Bruce Lansky has a tried and true method for selecting a great baby name. It involves generating a list of names you love, and then narrowing down the list based on how well the names might work for your baby. He shows you how with an extensive list of questions to ask yourself.

  • Eight Things to Consider When Naming Your Baby
    Suggestions for parents to consider from Bruce Lansky's book, Baby Names Around the World.

  • Baby Naming Tips from StorkAvenue

  • Every Tom, Dick, and Harry Seems to Be Named Jacob
    Why is Jacob such a popular name? And why are some names popular at all? Author Bruce Lansky explains all!

  • Pick a Winning Name for a Girl
    What you name your daughter will say a lot about her to the outside world. Author Bruce Lansky gives you guidelines for selecting girls' names that come across as smart, competent and strong.

  • Choosing the Right Name for Your Baby
    What's in a name? Many expecting parents may ask themselves that very question. Choosing a baby's name is an involved process, and author Bruce Lansky has some important tips to consider in selecting the perfect name.

  • International Baby Names Quiz
    Have some fun, test your knowledge, and learn more about baby names around the world!

  • Made Up Names
    What's your opinion? Is this trend on the upswing, here to stay, or is it going out and are people going back to standard names? Our members shared their unique names and their thoughts on this growing trend.

  • Names You Didn't Use
    What names (and combinations of names) did you love, but didn't use because something else won out? Our members shared their unused names; who knows, maybe these are exactly the name you're looking for!

  • Satisfied With Choice?
    If you have older kids, how do you feel about the names you chose now? Have you had any concerns about the names (or spellings) you chose (school, friends, family, spelling, confusion) or are you happy with your choice(s)? See what our StorkNet Members had to say in this message board archive.

  • Nicknames - I know I shouldn't let this bother me
    StorkNet members discuss the why's and wherefore's of nicknames.

  • Reserving names
    Should a couple be allowed to declare a name off-limits to friends and family? Find out what StorkNet members have to say!

  • Naming Baby After Yourself or Partner
    Have you, or would you name your baby after yourself or your partner? See what our members had to say about this issue in this message board archive.

  • Older "Classic" Names
    What older names would you like to see come back into vogue? Would you like to just hear/read them? Or would you use one of them? Let's start some name revivals! Read what StorkNet Members felt were the best in older classic names.

  • Baby Name Game
    Did you have any pressure from relatives to name your baby after a certain person or did your family express disapproval with your choice? If so, how did you handle it? Here's what our members said . . .

  • Find out what names our StorkNet members are using!

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