popular topics in choosing a name

  • game of thrones baby names
    Baby Names
    Game of Thrones Inspired Baby Names
    Deciding on a baby name can quickly turn into an all-consuming and obsessive activity. Naming your child is one of the first major decisions you must do as a parent and it’s a decision that comes with huge responsibility, weight, and consequenc...
    Brittany McCabe
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    Baby Names
    How to Use Your Maiden Name When Choosing a Baby Name
    If you’re attached to your birth surname, want to honor your own father or mother, or simply aren’t ready to “let it go”, consider incorporating your maiden name into your baby’s name, somehow. More: When Should You Reveal Or Announce ...
    Rachel Sokol
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    Middle Names
    5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Skip the Middle Name
    When I had my kids, picking out a first name was hard enough. Conversations with my husband went something like this: Me: "I like Mia." Hubby: "Nope. Ex-girlfriend. How about Anna?" Me: "Nope. Girl I hated in high school." Once we finally la...
    Laurie Mega
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    Baby Names
    When Should You Reveal Or Announce Your Baby Name?
    I didn’t tell anyone my daughters’ names while I was pregnant with them. The truth is, I didn’t quite know what they’d be ahead of time. I wanted to wait and meet the babies first. Naming a human is a huge responsibility — one that I d...
    Erin Ollila
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    Baby Names
    10 Baby Names Inspired By The Holiday Season
    ‘Tis the season to be jolly! If you love the holidays, then there are many ways you can express that love throughout the year. One of the least obvious ways is giving your baby a name that is inspired by the holiday season. A holiday inspired ...
    Sa'iyda Shabazz
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    Baby Names
    The Top Baby Name Trends You Can Expect To See in 2019
    Choosing a name for your baby is a big decision, not only for the parent, but for your child, too! And every year, there are a slew of new names that become popular based on a variety of trends, celebrities, royal family members, and even food! ...
    Jacqueline Weiss
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    Choosing a Name
    Ethnic Variations of Names
    Ethnic Variations of Names Many names in common use in the U.S. today can be linked to a foreign heritage merely by using the form of the name that relates to a specific country. While this approach doesn't work for every name, you'll find that ...
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    Baby Names
    6 Beachy Names for Your Summer Baby
    Looking for the perfect name for your summer baby? If you love the beach, we have six names that are perfect! If you're looking for more name inspiration, check out our complete baby names section! ...
    Erin Ollila
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    6 Baby Names That Mean Love for Your Littlest Valentine
    Check out our list of baby names that mean love, and make sure to tell us which name is your favorite for your Valentine's Day baby! ...
    Lindsay Hutton
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    Choosing a Name
    10 Holiday-Themed Baby Names That Mean Joyful and Bright
    Check out our favorite holiday-inspired baby names that mean joyful and bright. Which is your favorite for your Christmas baby? ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Printable List of Top 100 Baby Names for Girls
    A printable PDF version of our current top 100 baby names for girls in the U.S. from the Social Security Administration. Click on each name to see its meaning, and check off the heart next to the names you like (assign one column of hearts to eac...
    erin.dower@pearson.com
  • cute baby with a classic name
    Popular Names
    Names that Ruled the Century: #1 Baby Names of the Last 100 Years
    Before baby names became quite so trendy, parents chose classic names that were en vogue for long stretches of time. Take a look back at the #1 baby girl and boy names from the late 1800s on in the U.S. You may be surprised to learn how long some...
    Erin Dower
  • pregnancy decisions, pregnant woman in hospital bed
    Birth Plan
    11 Important Decisions to Make During Pregnancy
    Decisions, decisions! Once the exciting news of your pregnancy sets in, it's time to sit down and consider some important questions about everything from your birth plan to your baby's name. Take a step-by-step look at some of the decisions facin...
    Erin Dower
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    Names for Multiples
    12 of Our Favorite Name Pairings for Twins
    Thinking of one name is hard — thinking of two can seem impossible! See if any of your current choices are on our list of favorite name pairings for twins, and don't forget to visit our NameLab for more baby name ideas. ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Religious Names
    Old Testament Boys' Names
    Old Testament Boys' Names Of the many names included in the Old Testament of the Bible, these are the ones that have found the most favor over the years: Name Dropping Are there any biblical names in today's name pool that should be avoided? N...
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    Choosing a Name
    Which Name Gets Your Vote? Top 12 U.S. President-Inspired Baby Names
    No matter your political persuasion, you must admit that some U.S. presidents' names happen to make very cool baby names — for both boys and girls. Check out our list of the best president-inspired baby names, from Kennedy to Theodore, and see ...
    Erin Dower
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    Choosing a Name
    Bloomin' Baby Names: Top 12 Flower-Inspired Names for Girls
    While celebrities like Meg Ryan and Ben Affleck have recently popularized naming babies after blooms, it's far from a new trend. Some flower-inspired baby names date back hundreds of years, and they seem to have staying power due to their natural...
    Erin Dower
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    Popular Names
    Baby Name Trends for 2015
    Baby name trends are always evolving. What names will be popular for babies born in 2015? Here are some of our guesses. And remember, you can always visit the FamilyEducation NameLab for more baby name fun and Pregnancy Day by Day for resources f...
    Erin Dower