CatchThis Blog / baby names

Burt Alper

July 24, 2008

Maybe I should change my role at the company to be the baby-name-blogger. Just too much good stuff in the news these days. Check out this article on the wackiest baby names ever. Naming babies seems much more fun than naming companies or naming products. I have to give the parents credit. Even a naming […]

Burt Alper

July 21, 2008

Saw a report in this morning’s news about a guy who plans to name his kid after a radio talk show host in return for a $100 gas card (see “Sex, Blood, and Baby Names”). So wrong, in so many ways. First, any of you who are regular readers know how I feel about baby […]

Laurel Sutton

July 3, 2008

The lovely and talented Burt Alper was asked to provide some comments on baby naming for a fun show on the BBC Radio 4 program Word of Mouth. You can click below to hear Burt’s remarks. Word of Mouth

Burt Alper

March 13, 2008

Amazing how popular the topic of baby naming has gotten in the last few months. Here’s the latest entry from the New York Times. One of my “golden rules of naming” is that parents shouldn’t tell their friends what names they are considering before they name the baby. (You tend to get mostly negative feedback […]

Burt Alper

March 12, 2008

I was shocked to learn about a Florida couple who named their twin boys Brett and Favre. These folks must not have read my golden rules of baby naming (see earlier blog posts). Naming is not about *you* it is about what (or who) you are naming (in this case, the babies). What may seem […]

Laurel Sutton

October 29, 2007

There is yet another article on baby naming called “What’s in a Name?“, by Sam Kean, at the NY Times this week (get the PDF here) – honestly, every other naming article has this title, so editors, THINK OF A NEW ONE, PLEASE. It cites work done by two members of the American Name Society […]

Burt Alper

August 2, 2007

My children are already famous. After being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal a few weeks about about baby naming (see “Naming on a more personal note“), I was contacted by The Times (of London) for a similar piece. So now Beckett and Sheridan have appeared in two of the most widely read papers on […]

Mark Skoultchi

June 26, 2007

I was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the subject of baby naming (“The Baby-Name Business” 6/22/07). It’s a great article about the challenges new parents face when coming up with names for their kids. Imagine the pressure for us namers! I thought the article was very well written, but the reporter left […]

Maria Cypher

October 25, 2005

With hurricanes much in the news lately, I’ve been thinking about what it must be like to share the name of a particularly devastating storm. I speak as the parent of “Hurricane Camille,” who at age almost-2 does indeed leave a path of destruction in her wake. (Camille, incidentally, was the second most intense U.S. […]

Laurel Sutton

October 13, 2004

“…At its heart, the Law on Personal Names is designed to protect Denmark’s innocents – the children who are undeservedly, some would say cruelly, burdened by preposterous or silly names. It is the state’s view that children should not suffer ridicule and abuse because of their parents’ lapses in judgment or their misguided attempts to […]