Dylan, Bowie, Axel and more.
Playwright Wajahat Ali said Muslim parents worry about burdening their child with a traditionally Muslim name.
Why, oh, why, must our significant others feel like they should have a say in the name of our children? Don't they know that most women have names picked out long before they even date, much less get married? It goes hand-in-hand with planning our weddings.
In the delivery room, I was dressed in my scrubs just like in the movies. My seat was next to my love, who was on the operating table, arms stretched out. There was a screen cloth right above her sternum obscuring her nether region. Her face was glowing in the halo of the operating lights.
Some unusual names can actually work -- and might be enjoyed. And, more importantly, it shouldn't matter what your name is. Or how you look, or where you're from, or your sexual orientation or whether you have disabilities. We are each as worthy as anyone else -- and deserving of respect and kindness.
Beware of what I call the "Name Fad." Sure, it sounds hip now, but in 30 years, the names Natalie, Chelsea, Samantha, and Lindsay will sound how Nancy, Cheryl, Susan, and Linda do today. And in 60 years, the names Ethan, Cody, Brandon, and Matthew will be Earl, Chester, Bernard, and Melvin. These are all just Name Fads -- only difference is when they happened.
Naming a child in any religious tradition is a momentous occasion. In recent decades, in the Jewish tradition, one can combine traditional Jewish ceremonies and contemporary Jewish customs in a personal, familial and communal way which perpetuate the values and ideals which we cherish.
A few weeks ago we asked the Nameberry moms and dads to tell us their best baby-names rules. What followed were hundreds of suggestions, from the idiosyncratically individual (all middle names must be Celtic and begin with R) to rules so universal they might apply to everyone.
Another website, yourbabydomainname.com, a U.S. based site, conducted a very similar survey in October 2011, which resulted
So, what’s a parent to do in this situation? In 2008, we heard about a Cleveland couple who actually changed their daughter’s