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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Baby Names

BBC News reports that in Kenya there is a trend toward naming newborns after famous people such as Kofi Annan, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton! I find it interesting that these newborns were given the names in hopes that "the baby will adopt the traits of the person it has been named after." Ponder that for a while...

Several weeks ago, on American Idol's Idol Gives Back segment filmed in Africa, former Idol, Elliott Yamin, found out that a baby had been named after him. He was quite moved by the experience.

Names are important for the both the child and the parent. The Hidden Truth of Your Name: A Complete Guide to First Names and What They Say about the Real You [929.4 HID] states,
There are powers that are inherent in a name, and there are very distinct ways in which a name can control one's destiny, for good and bad. The powers associated with names have been studied by mystics for centuries, but this is the first book to digest their findings for the layperson.
Pretty heady stuff, huh?

Other books in our collection are a little less intimidating, such as Name Your Baby's Destiny: Assisting Parents, Personnel Managers and Playwrights by Guy Gifford [929.4 GIF], or The Perfect Name: A Step-by-Step Guide to Naming Your Baby by Jeanine Cox [929.4 COX]. If you're really stuck for a name for your baby, your pet, or your main character (if you're a writer), consult The Baby Name Bible: The Ultimate Guide by America's Baby-Naming Experts by Pamela Redmond Satran [929.4 SAT]. With 50,000+ names, you should be able to find something!

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