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Beyond St. Patrick - Saint Names, Extreme Edition

Time was, Irish-American saintly baby naming was a piece of cake. Thousands of boys were named after St. Patrick every year, with a special boost each March 17th. Today, though, parents are all on the hunt for something new. Little Aidans now outpace Patricks by a mile, and Declans are rising fast.

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Dad's Favorite Name Doesn't Thrill Mom

My husband and I are expecting our 3rd child, and he wants to use his great-grandmother's name, Cora. When he first suggested it, I liked it, but now I'm having doubts. We've discussed other names, but I don't feel strongly about any of them, and he really wants to use this name. Should we use a name I don't love, in hopes that I will get used to it? Or keep trying to find something else?

- So-so on Cora

It's terrific when two parents fall for one perfect name. Give each other a high five, and you're done! Usually, though, it's not that simple. Most of us inch our way toward a name choice, compromising along the way.

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A baby named Ickitt: M.I.A pushes the celebrity baby name envelope

UPDATE: After this was written, M.I.A. announced that the reports of baby Ickitt were unfounded. The name's a sham. The Name Lady is relieved to hear it: a name that simply didn't fit her name-worldview simply didn't exist. Order is restored.

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Avoiding Trendy Baby Names?

We're in the process of naming our second boy, and we don't want to end up with a name that will be at the top of the charts in ten years. How can we predict if we're picking the next Aiden or Liam? - Not one of the crowd

When it comes to clothes or music, you can be avant-garde with just a few month's head start. Baby names are different. Your "cutting-edge" choice may well hit the mainstream by the time your son walks into preschool. There's no crystal ball for name trends, but if avoiding the crowd is important to you, try these three tests of your favorite choices:

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Oscars 2009

Ask The Name Lady is a new feature from the creators of BabyNameWizard.com. The Name Lady will be weighing in every week on all things names, and answering your questions! If you have a question to Ask The Name Lady, drop her a line.

In the depth of every February, America gets a little dose of glamour to get us through the winter doldrums. A sparkling Charlize Theron or Halle Berry floats to the Oscar podium for a shiny gold statue to display on her bookshelf (or in her bathroom or closet, if we believe the self-deprecating interviews).

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