Weâ€™re crazy for baby names. The marketing genius behind Nameberry.com knows it, and she knows that any time she can release some new scoop on whoâ€™s naming who what, the parenting world will pounce. We believe names matter, and weâ€™re right: as Sierra wrote earlier this year, girly names doom a boy to teasing and poor-sounding names decrease your odds of success.
As Time magazine put it, we want to be unique, but not too unique. Or maybe we do want to be too unique, and what weâ€™re searching for is a name that no oneâ€™s used yet, scouring the top baby name lists for monikers like Purple or Whipcord. But name your child Snapfree and someone will surely follow: thereâ€™s something about baby names that follows an indefinable zeitgeist. Which is why Iâ€™m so intrigued by number two on Nameberryâ€™s list of the most searched girlsâ€™ names of 2010 so far: Seraphina.
Because six years ago, when my daughter Lily was born (waaayyy before Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were even a couple) that was â€œmyâ€ name. And I canâ€™t remember why.
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