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WETZSTEIN: Sea of unique in baby names
“My advice is that there’s nothing wrong with a name that’s fairly common. That way, people will be able to spell and pronounce your child’s name, and that’s probably a good thing,” Ms. Twenge said.
But in general, she said, parents should “resist the whole idea that it’s really important for your kid to be unique and stand out and be special.” Parents can love children without making them feel like they are the center of the universe.
Meanwhile, the answer to my celebrity challenge question is that the first five names belong to girls and the rest belong to boys. Their famous parents are, respectively: Milla Jovovich; Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Teri Hatcher; Brooke Shields; Christie Brinkley; David Beckham and Victoria Adams Beckham; Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale; Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz; Will Ferrell; and rapper MIA.
The latter, by the way, recently chided the media for getting little Ikhyd’s name wrong.
“My baby,” she wrote in all-caps on her MySpace page, “is not called Ickitt, Pickit or Lickit. … He’s a baby, he don’t need press. … [G]o pick on Apple, Satchel and Moon Unit.”
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Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...
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