I've received questions like this many times...in reverse. The usual refrain is "Can we name our daughter April even if she's born in September?" Parents worry that a mismatched month is confusing, or inappropriate, or even false advertising.
Yet here you sit with the happy coincidence of your baby's birth month matching the name you chose. And instead of high-fiving over your good luck, you're worrying that the month match is "tacky."
You want to know how people will react to the name? I have two syllables for you: Day-O. A typical person who hears Calypso is more likely to think "Harry Belafonte" than "Greek nymph."
One challenge of writing a baby name advice column is that you can't change names to protect the innocent. If you're wondering whether Matilda is too old-fashioned, you have to say Matilda. Similarly, if you're wondering if your favorite name is too evil, you have to spell it out. Because when it comes to names, bad is sometimes bad, sometimes good, and sometimes downright cruelty to children. It all depends on the individual name.
With half of the year behind us, it's time to check in with our friends at BabyNameWizard.com for a baby name trend report. We know that Jacob and Isabella are the reigning king and queen of American baby names. But what's coming up next?Read More...
The U.S. government has announced the nation's most popular baby names. America, here's your Top 10:
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?
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.Read More...
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?Read More...