On Friday, the Social Security Administration released its list of the top 10 baby names of 2009. Topping the boy list was Jacob, and number-one name for girls was Isabella. What do these names have in common? They happen to be the names of two of the main characters in the crazy-popular Twilight series. Before you call this a fluke (the name Jacob has topped the boy list several years running), consider this: Cullen, the last name of the third main character, Edward, jumped from number 782 on the list to number 485, making it the fastest-growing boy's name.
Parenting sins confessed!
This got us thinking: Do that many people really name their children out of fictional characters from cult classic vampire books? Then again, it can be so tough coming up with baby names that perhaps such familiar icons can make it easier. And then again, when your child someday asks where his name came from, is answering, "Oh, Mom was really into this young adult series when you were born" as acceptable as saying that it was name of some favorite family member?
Tune in to your mom intuition
In the end, you may say it doesn't really matter, so long as the child is happy and healthy, but that name will be with the child forever, so it is kind of a big deal.
And so we ask you: What is your child's name and how did you choose it? Would you name your baby after a favorite TV/move/literary character? And once you decided on a name, were you tempted to change it?
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