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How Can I Avoid Giving My Baby the Next Big Trendy Name?

Dear Name Lady: We have a very common last name, so we don't want to choose a name for our baby girl that is too common. We've ruled out the current top 25 names. But there are a lot of names that we like (e.g., Annabelle and Eva) that are in the top 100s now and seem to be rising in popularity. Do you have any suggestions -- either of specific names or general trends to look out for -- on how to avoid choosing a name that will top of the charts in a few years? - Jane

A lot of parents today suffer from "name acrophobia" -- the fear that their favorite baby name will climb to the dizzying top of the popularity charts. Is there any surefire way to avoid picking the next Jacob or Emma?

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New Baby Alert: Sebastian Thomas Hilfiger

New Baby Alert: Sebastian Thomas Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger welcomed a baby boy,  Sebastian Thomas Hilfiger, into the world today.  And so designers are just like us -- they have babies too.  But perhaps better clothed ones.  Will Sebastian go through the well-worn tradition of little siblings:  the hand-me-down cascade?  Or does being Hilfiger's son mean new clothes each season?  Either way, this baby will no doubt be well-attired. 

Tommy's not new to the baby or naming business. 

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Name Forecast: Gisele and Tom Brady have a baby on the way, so it's time to talk names!

Name Forecast: Gisele and Tom Brady have a baby on the way, so it's time to talk names!

The rumors are true and that bump is for real: Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady are having a baby.  On May 29 we first alerted you that a baby might be on the way, and on June 19 sources told People Gisele is expecting.  This little girl or boy will have quite the power parents -- Gisele is the highest paid model in the world, making #16 on the Forbes list of the 20 richest women in the entertainment industry, and Tom is the beloved supestar quarterback for the New England Patriots, with 3 out of 4 Superbowl wins and 2 Superbowl MVP awards.

Might they look to their respective careers for name inspiration? 

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