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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Choosing a name for your baby can be a fun game to play for the 9 months that you are expecting. Some have saved their favorites stretching back to childhood. Others have a feeling early on in the pregnancy that the tiny kicks in their belly belong to a Jonathan, Sarah or Zack. For me, the “girl names” were the easy ones. In fact, my husband and I earlier on agreed on one had the stork delivered pink. But, when we found out we were going to blessed with a bouncing baby boy it took us many months, in fact two whole days after he was born, to decide on the perfect name. Looking at him now…I know that we chose well. I simply can’t see him named anything else. We achieved our goal of finding a name that slightly gave a nod to a portion of his heritage, a link to an elder, one that was non-traditional but familiar and friendly—yet strong, and one that would carry him from our arms into adulthood.

Below are some links in our library that you might enjoy while playing the Name Game.


Ran by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz cited as ” the high-profile experts on name style, image and trends.

Baby Names

The site describes itself as “dedicated to maintaining an ethnically diverse database of names and meanings, and to keeping the site a fun and family-oriented place to celebrate life and children.”

Behind The Name

List itself as “a website for learning about all aspects of given names. Its scope is broad: all given names from all cultures and periods are eligible to be included in the main name database. Names from mythology and fiction are also eligible. There are currently 16399 names in the database”. Features a baby names generator. Lot’s of original baby names.

Social Security Administration Top Listing Of Baby Names


A listing by the Social Security Administration of The Top Baby Names.

Baby Name Wizard


A website modeled after the book “The Name Wizard, this website offers in depth name trends.  With a goal “to guarantee that you’ll never feel stuck for a name. Just start with one name you like, and … will guide you to more and more ideas that fit your personal taste and style.”

The Baby Name Genie

Having trouble picking a name? Then let the  Name Genie generate a few fabulous suggestions. Once you make a decision take your future tots name for a test drive. Lot’s of fun! – The largest baby names site on the planet! Featuring origins, meanings, and tons of other fun facts for over 100,000 baby names!

Classic TV Show Names


Fun article that muses about the relationship between classic television shows and name choice.


Indian Baby Names & Hindu Baby Names

A wonderful listing of unique Indian and Hindu baby names.

The International Baby Name Game

A sampling of the legal requirements for naming babies in some countries.

Names NOT to name your baby

Humorous look at some uncommon and unusual baby names.

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