30    Oct 201411 comments

Baby Names: Rules around the world

Did you know that the name Harriet is banned in Iceland or, that in Denmark and Hungary, parents have to choose from a pre-approved list of childrens' names? In the past, we have written about baby names banned in New Zealand.

Around the world there are rules and customs for allowed names for children.

Here are some of the most interesting baby-naming laws from 10 countries: Continue reading "Baby Names: Rules around the world" »

3    Aug 20131 comment

What’s in a name?: Strangers pick a baby’s name

For many expecting parents, it can be difficult to think of the perfect name for an unborn baby.

Many people turn to baby name books or choose an ancestor's name, but one US couple decided to take their name search to a vote, at their local Starbucks.

The New Haven, Connecticut couple asked customers to vote for two names: Logan and Jackson. With over 1,800 votes and many other name suggestions, they decided to combine the two names and will call their son, due in September, Logan Jackson.

Some might say the controversial idea of  asking strangers to name a  baby lacks that personal element of naming a child after a relative. Others may find this a relief and a unique way to choose a name.

We recently wrote about names banned in New Zealand and have asked about rare names in your family tree.

What do you think of crowd sourcing for baby names? Do you have a similar story in your family where relatives were named by strangers? Would you ask others to choose your child's name?

Let us know your stories and thoughts in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

7    Jan 20130 comments

Family: Top baby names 2012

Expecting a bundle of joy? Don't know what to name the new arrival? Here's some help for you.

A Florida hospital, which delivered nearly 14,000 babies in 2012, issued its list of the most popular baby names for the year.

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies (Orlando, Florida) said that Isabella (111) and Jayden (90) were the most popular names.

The hospital is one of the top three labor and delivery hospitals in the US and many names on its list were also on lists in other areas of the US, according to Babycenter.com's "100 Most Popular Baby Names of 2012." That site's data comes from nearly 500,000 parents who shared their baby's name with them during the year.  So if the top 10 (below) aren't enough, check the link for the top 100 names for girls and boys.

Palmer Hospital's top 10 lists:

Continue reading "Family: Top baby names 2012" »

4    Dec 20123 comments

British Royal Family: The Next Generation

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Image credit: www.princeofwales.gov.uk

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Image credit: www.princeofwales.gov.uk

One of the world's highest profile couples - William and Kate (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) - have announced that they are expecting a child.

Due to Britain's constitutional changes, the child will become an heir to the crown, regardless of gender. The baby will be third in line to the throne, after its grandfather (Prince Charles) and father, moving Prince Harry to fourth in line.

Already buzzing are possible names for the child.

The most common names used by the British Royal Family are George and John for boys and Elizabeth, Sophie and Victoria for girls. There's a copy of the British Royal Family Tree available on MyHeritage.

What do you think the newborn's name might be?

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