21    May 20154 comments

A boy called Emma?: Proposed Finnish naming law

Imagine a boy named Emma or a girl named Joshua. Sounds strange? Sounds normal? In Finland, these gender-switching names may become a reality.

The current Finish naming law, dating from 1985, is about to be obsolete. Until now, the law banned giving a female child a male name, and a male child a female name, but a new proposal may change that.

The law, considered controversial by some, would allow parents to give their children names regardless of  the gender  to which they might be associated. However, chosen names may not be offensive, inappropriate or incite harm to children. Continue reading "A boy called Emma?: Proposed Finnish naming law" »

20    Jan 20140 comments

Baby naming: Trends from 2013

Choosing a name for your child is one of the hardest tasks for new soon-to-be parents.

You approach this with trepidation and fear. How will the name be received by friends and family? How will it serve your child as they journey through life? The decision can be overwhelming.

As 2014 begins, we look back at 2013 and discover how parents chose baby names.

Many notable events effected how parents named their children. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named the Royal baby George, bumping that name and other British names up on the list of popular boys names for the year.

Today’s Parent reveals how this year’s pop culture has influenced baby naming. The name Aria, from "Game of Thrones" got a spot on many top baby name lists for the first time. The name Finn (made popular by "Glee" character Cory Monteith), appeared on the charts after the actor's untimely death. Continue reading "Baby naming: Trends from 2013" »

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