The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Despite the recent flurry of unique celebrity-baby names like Banjo and Pilot Inspektor, last year, most Americans gave their offspring traditional names. But parents drawn to the less tried-and-true may wonder how (or if) a child’s name might shape his identity and future. According to Los Angeles therapist Deborah McMahon, M.F.T., there’s plenty of power in a name. For example, she says, “having a difficult name to say adds difficulty to a person’s life. Names are one of the biggest causes of harassment of children.”
It's 2:09 a.m. and my husband's driving too slow, considering that I'm swearing—at him, at the pickup in front of us, at the road. My contractions are two minutes apart. The hospital is 10 miles away and one thought is pounding through my brain: "This child had better not be a boy." If it's a boy, he'll need a name, which means my husband and I will have to agree on one—and that's as likely as me getting to the delivery room in time for drugs.
The Name Voyager, an animated internet application that maps name popularity, can tell you if you're baby's name is trendy, dated or, in fact, Unique, which as of 2006 was the name of over 60 million people. The popularity of Angelina and Paris has swelled over the last decade, while Madonna, which enjoyed a zenith in the 40s, virtually disappeared by the mid-80s. How unique is your baby's name?
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