Parents start the process of choosing a baby name
sometimes even before the baby is conceived.
What you name the baby is important. A name
will be with your child for a lifetime so you want
to make a meaningful choice that you child can
Parents are not the only ones interested in the
naming decision. Grandparents often want to
see the family legacy continued. For example,
some grandparents would like to see the first
girl grandchild named after the grandmother.
The same is true for the first boy. Fathers
who are juniors would often like to continue
the line with the second, third, etc. for sake
of tradition. Some new parents compromise
by giving the middle name of the
grandparents to the child.
Names go through trends just like fashions.
For example, fifty years ago, the most
popular name for a girl was Mary. For boys it
was Michael, followed by James, Robert and
John. During the 60s and 70s the world saw
an era of enlightenment, free expression,
free love, drugs and the peace movement.
Names associated with nature came into
prominence with names like Sky, River,
Sunshine, Summer and Dawn being popular.
Ethnicity and Religion
Many African Americans broke ranks with
traditional English names during the age of
Black Power and a popular conversion to
Islam. Many European names were changed
legally, like Cassius Clay to Mohammed Ali,
and other simply named new babies either
African or Muslim inspired names. Examples
are Aaliyah, Ebony, Nadia and Jamila. For
boys it was Akeem, Jamal, Malik and Ali.
Names from the Bible have always been popular
and in the top ten in any decade. Daniel,
Mark, Samuel and James are examples. For
girls Ruth, Sarah and Naomi are names with
biblical origins. Oprah Winfrey attributes her
name to a misspelling of Orpah from the
Celebrities have taken the lead in choosing the most
unusual baby names. They choose names that have a
particular meaning or bring about a particular
memory. For example, the baby name chosen by
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon refers to the place
they met (Morrocan Scott). Others are just weird
like Bear Blu, Kroy Jagger, Diesel or even Diva Thin
Muffin Pigeen!! The good news is that most
celebrities are choosing traditional names like Amy,
Melissa and Megan for girls and Jaden, Michael and
Christopher for boys. Hope springs eternal (not a
bad name either)!
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