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Archive for the ‘Baby Names’ Category

Baby’s arrival delays weekly newsletter, giveaway

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

its-a-girl.jpgYes, SouthernMamas, there is a great giveaway this week. And a newsletter in the works.

Be patient. The giveaway and newsletter are coming Tuesday. (rather than Monday) The reason for the delay is a the best possible: our baby daughter arrived early! She was supposed to arrive Monday (tomorrow) – the day before my 40th BD – via a planned, C-section. (Allowing me plenty of time to wrap up the weekly SouthernMamas newsletter).

But she apparently wanted to do her own thing and burst into the world Friday evening. All 9 pounds and 14 ounces of her. And not nearly as gracefully as with a planned C-section. More details on all that later. Let’s just say it involved a lot more pain and surprise than expected. But at least she’s here and healthy.

We’ve struggled a lot over her name. You can read all about that big name debate in my Sunday column this week in the Savannah Morning News Accent section. Click here to read the column.

Our final decision: Frances Ida. Yes, I know: she sounds like she’s already a 70something. Our dear Franny is named after my maternal grandfather Frank and my husband’s paternal grandmother Ida.

Again, please look for the giveaway announcement and newsletter Tuesday. Thanks for your patience.

Baby names: A is for Atticus

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Less than two weeks until our daughter is born and still NO NAME!

Maybe I should check out this tip from savvy SouthernMama and expectant mom Beth Howells: “A is for Atticus: Baby a-is-for-atticus.jpgNames from Great Books.”

Author Lorilee Craker tries to help expectant parents by taking them on a tour through about 500 names steeped in literary tradition. From the “A” entries to Zora, she gives each name a detailed paragraph explaining its background, meaning and cultural significance, according to reviews. Atticus, of course, is the name of the father in Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The 240-page book was recently the No. 1 baby-name book on So perhaps in a couple of years, we can expect to see many Scouts, Holdens and Homers headed to kindergarten.

Craker is also the author of the blog, Beta Mom Musings, where she is working her way through the alphabet of baby names.

Should wacky baby names be illegal?

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

baby-baby-names.jpgA New Zealand judge is taking a stand against parents who give their children wacky names.

He made a 9-year-old girl named Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii a ward of the court so her name could be changed. Other children’s names that’ve been blocked by the court include Fish and Chips, Yeah Detroit, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit. Yet, some names were permitted including Number 16 Bus Shelter and Violence. Read the article here.

Several countries have gone so far as to establish laws against parents saddling their children with embarrassing monikers. Malaysia, for example, has a list of forbidden baby names including Hitler and Smelly Dog. Read about other countries baby names rules here.

Hmm. Wonder what can be done about obnoxious baby naming contests? Such as the Orlando, Fla. radio station contest David Partin won after he pledged to name his son after local radio hosts to win a $100 gas card. Partin will collect the card in December, when his son is born, if he can produce a birth certificate proving the baby is named Dixon Willoughby Partin, after the hosts. Read about it here.

Suddenly, celebrity baby names like Apple, Suri and Pilot Inspektor don’t seem so bad.

And the worst baby name ever is…..

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

baby-baby-names.jpgNew York Times Blogger John Tierney announced the winner in his Worst Bad Name Contest. The winner – out of more than 1,000 entries – is:

Iona Knipl.

One reason the judges chose Miss Knipl’s name is because it set up an inevitable reply from people imagining they were being wittily original: “I own two.”

“I got sick of hearing it, but what can you do?” Miss Knipl told Tierney. “My mother never thought about that when she was naming me. It was her mother’s name. I came home from school a couple times crying and my mother said, ‘Oh, why did I do that?’ but it had never occurred to her how people would hear the name.”

Miss Knipl told Tierney her name bothered in her school “but now I think it’s neat,” giving further credence to Tierney’s “Boy Named Sue theory”: good things can indeed come from a bad name.

Other entries in his contest included: Charman Toilette, Chastity Beltz, Wrigley Fields, Justin Credible, Tiny Bimbo, girls named Chaos and Tutu and boys named Clever, Cowboy, Crash, Felony, Furious and Zero. Don’t forget Brook Traut and his daughter, Rainbow.

Hugh Jass and other bad baby names

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

baby-baby-names.jpgDoes naming a child Candy Stohr or Cash Guy or Mary Christmas make them destined for failure?

In a hilarious new book “Baby Baby Names,” authors interviewed adults today who had survived names like River Jordan, Rasp Berry, even Happy Day and found surprising results. Most were actually proud of their oddball names. Sure, they get tired of the jokes and didn’t appreciate the playground tormenting, but they liked having unusual names.

Even those named Mary Mee? Golden Rule? And Emma Royd? It’s hard to believe someone named Amanda Hugginkiss doesn’t have ANY resentment.

“Bad Baby Names” authors Michael Sherrod and Matthew Rayback examined census records from 1790 to 1930 to find oddball names like Please Cope, Helen Troy and, of course, Ima Hogg.

A few other painful monikers: Fanny Pack; Fanny Whiffer; Nice Carr; Hugh Jass; Al Caholic; Anita Bath.

As you can see, the book makes a great baby shower or ‘you’re expecting’ gift, as a humorous how-to primer on what not to name a kid.

Babies legally named Atari? Colt?

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

baby-name.jpgJetta? Athens? Babies in Georgia have been named after cars, cities, drinks, even trademarks (Right, baby Faberge and baby Fanta?)

Check out The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s new online compilation of names given to kids in our state. The names are pulled from the Georgia Department of Human Resources birth records from January 1990 through July 2007.

You can do a name search to find out how many kids in Georgia have been named your child’s name. Just type a name in the search box to check its popularity by year since 1990.

But the more interesting part is the Unusual Names in Georgia section.

As the site states “It hasn’t been all Ashleys (13,075 since 1990) or Christophers (19,181) in Georgia. Parents have been very inventive in naming their children over the past 18 years. There are 147 Georgia girls named Chanel, 31 named Cinnamon, 1,435 named Diamond … and just a half dozen boys named Bubba. ”

The site divides unusual names into categories such as cars; cities; presidents; animals; even occupations (there were four Lawyers, two Attorneys and only one Doctor) and elements (our state has had six babies named Silver, eight named Tin and only one Platinum since 1990). Under the Georgia cities category, you’ll find 4,580 Savannahs, but only five Vidalias.

So move over Bubba and make way for baby Toyota.

Worst baby names of 2007

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

baby-name-bible.jpgThe “Working Dad: An Unauthorized Guide to Parenting” blog with Seattle Post Intellgencer compiled this list of worst celebrity baby names, according to the authors of the Baby Name Bible.

Note there’s no Savannah, one of the top 20 most popular names, in the bunch

1. Zeppelin – Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn.

2. Ptolemy – Gretchen Mol.

3. King Justice – Jaceon (The Game) Taylor

4. Cash – Annabeth Gish

5. Shanti — Nick Nolte

Help naming baby

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

babyshower.jpgForget baby name books. The latest resources for finding the right baby names are online.

Baby Name Map, a Google Maps feature shows you the top baby names in the U.S., Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, and the U.K. Georgia and South Carolina’s winners: William and Madison – for both states.

The Baby Name Wizard’s NameVoyager is an interactive portrait of America’s name choices. It shows the history of baby name frequency over time. Another site, Nymbler recommends names based on other names you like.

On Cute Baby Names, you can search over 30, 000 unique baby names, sorted by meaning, origin and gender. You can browse 52 different origins of baby names and learn each baby name meaning.

Happy Naming.

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Thursday, October 4th, 2007


“In a Land of Homemade Names, Tiffany doesn’t cut it” (New York Times)

“Practical Values: Hard to Break” (Mother Jones)

“Children health veto will be an election issue” (Associated Press)

“Mothers again urged to eat fish” (Washington Post)

“Sesame Street makes DVD for injured vets” (Associated Press)

Weekly roundup of parenting news

Friday, September 28th, 2007

motherchildreunion_a.jpg“Need help parenting? Just hire a coach” (Los Angeles Times)

“Killing the consumer” (Newsweek)

“Play yards recalled after baby’s death” (Associated Press)

“Judge orders extra break time for breastfeeding medical student” (Boston Globe)

“Vaccine compound is harmless, study finds, as autism debate rages” (New York Times)

“Baby, what’s in a name?” (Contra Costa Times)

The return of the milkman and other news

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

milkman.jpgWeekly roundup of parenting news

Venezuela plans to crack down on silly baby names” (Houston Chronicle)

Busy families keep milk delivery alive” (USA TODAY)

“Food additives in kids’ drinks tied to hyperactivity” (Reuters)

Letting parents check teachers records online” (Newsweek)

Breast-feeding ads, the stress hold, no more tag

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Weekly roundup of parenting news

“Parents pick baby names with available URLs” (MSNBC)

“Formula industry urged feds to tone down breastfeeding ads” (Washington Post)

“How Mom holds baby can show signs of depression” (MSNBC)

“Colorado school bans tag” (Gazette)