Choosing a baby name

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Choosing a name for your newborn can be a daunting and stressful task. In an online poll undertaken by US Web site, 69% of the 11,578 respondents said that it took longer than a month to settle on their child's name, with 13% saying that it took 8 months or longeri. With so much importance placed on a name, it's no surprise that the baby name industry is boomingii.

Traditionally, baby names have been chosen from religious figures or commonly used names in a family. It used to be that the biggest issue with a baby name was keeping grandparents happy or avoiding names like Ben Dover or Teresa Green. But today, it seems that time-honoured methods are now in competition with baby name search engines, websites, books and trends set by celebrities. Some parents are even willing to pay for baby naming consultations, which provide information on the name's history, linguistic origins, and personality traitsiii.

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Websites such as, which sells itself as the "go-to site" for opinion and advice on baby names, are constantly analysing trending names for newborns. According to the sites creators, Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosencrantz, baby names for 2012 are predicted to be both original and a true reflection of their generation, with "The Hunger Games" taking over from "Twilight" as the primary cultural influence on namesiv.

So it seems that parents are now taking inspiration from songs, celebrities, leaders, and movies when it comes to naming their child. Some want the name to have a specific meaning, while others want it to reflect individual taste or demonstrate loyalty to their cultural heritagev. Many still take the traditional path, looking for a biblical or family name to fit. New parents consider how it sounds, and how it looks written down. They agonise over every possible nickname that could possibly be derived from their choice of name. In short, choosing a name can be a source of stress and worry for new parents.

Making important decisions

Having a child is a life-changing experience that can be both challenging and rewarding. It's a time in your life that requires you to make some big decisions for you and your child's future, not just about which name will suit them best.

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i BabyCenter US, 2012, Poll: How long did it take you to pick a baby name?,

ii Paine, C., 2011, Revealed: The baby names that parents regret,,

iii Rothchild, S., 2010, Name That Baby, Psychology Today,

iv Rosencrantz, L. & Satran, P.R., 2012, Baby Names 2012: Hottest New Choices, The Huffington Post,

v Alter, A., 2007, The Baby-Name Business, The Wall Street Journal,