Magazine article Work & Family Life

Looking for the Perfect Name for Your Baby?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Looking for the Perfect Name for Your Baby?

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The names parents are giving to their babies these days are fascinating. Names we thought of as old-fashioned are back in style (Hannah, Isabelle, Aaron, Jacob), Gender-neutral surnames are all the rage (Madison, Mackenzie, Tyler, Taylor). And are the parents naming their babies after fruit just determined to come up with something different? It seems as if the new rule is: there are no rules.

All this rampant choice can make it even more difficult for parents-to-be. Enter Laura Wattenberg, mother of two and the author of The Baby Name Wizard, a delightful new book that will help parents find the perfect name for their baby-a name that will speak to their heart, give their child a great start in life-and maybe even satisfy their relatives.

A lot of computer research went into this user-friendly guide. Wattenberg distilled a vast database of name information that includes current and past usage for names from the United States and around the world. …

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