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Baby Names to Avoid in 2010

If you are having a baby anytime soon, chances are you’ve already given a lot of thought to what to name your little bundle of joy. But have you given any thought to what not to name your child?  While nobody wants to saddle their child with a bad baby name, even a good baby name loses its appeal when everybody else chooses it, too.

To avoid picking a name that will turn the heads of 10 children when called out in kindergarten class, lots of parents turn to the Internet to find out what baby names are the most popular.  And then they avoid them.  While that sounds like a pretty good strategy, it doesn’t account for all the other parents who are doing the exact same thing.  More important than crossing off the names that were popular last year is determining which ones will be popular this year and next.  And to do that, you need advice from the baby name experts.

That’s where Laura Wattenberg, creator of Baby Name Wizard and ParentDish’s “Ask the Name Lady, and author Pamela Redmond Satran of Nameberry, come in. These two have a bead on what’s going on in the world of baby names and have choosing a unique one down to a science.

Their current list of baby names to avoid includes some obvious picks (anything Twilight-related) and some not-so-obvious ones (Piper, Sookie and Isla).  Even if you aren’t having a baby, their knowledge of what factors contribute to the popularity of baby names makes for interesting reading.

Oh, how I wish I had access to such information back in the early 1980’s when I named my own daughter.  In my mind, her name is a nod to a beautiful country music singer who I admired very much.  Sadly, in the minds of just about everyone else, her name is either shorthand for an illicit drug or the stage name of a stripper.  Sorry, sweetie!

Image: kaatjevervoort/Flickr

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