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Can a Middle Name Save Us?

My husband and I are a few weeks away from having a little boy named Asher. Our last name is also two syllables ending in -er. We both agree that we need a middle name that separates the two names. My husband is partial to Elliot, but I've got a soft spot for the name Gabriel (I'm Gabrielle). Any suggestions? - Asher's Mom

Hold on, let's take a step back. You've decided that your son's first and last name need "separating"? That's a mighty big red flag, don't you think?

Unless you expect your son to introduce himself as "Asher Gabriel" for the rest of his life, I doubt any middle name can fix this. It's like choosing an attractive pair of underpants to solve the problem that your shirt and pants clash. You may know it's there, but nobody else will.

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New Baby Alert: Cute Fuzzy Animals Edition

New Baby Alert: Cute Fuzzy Animals Edition

In a twist on the typical online poll naming trend, Charles, the Toronto Zoo's gorilla, announched his son's name yesterday by choosing an apple over other possible snacks. Zoo fans submitted 5,000 suggested names for the little male, born Sept. 2. The finalists, which had to begin with 'N' to honor his mother, Seattle's Ngozi, included Neo, Nico, Nigel, and Nsambu. Instead, Charles chose Nassir. See more zoo baby names below.

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