CatchThis Blog / baby naming tips

Mark Skoultchi

May 8, 2013

Forget baby naming books. Look to the Federal government to help name your baby. Really. The Social Security Administration’s Popular Baby Names website offers the best baby naming tool you’ll find anywhere. In this guide, I’ll offer some tips for using these tools to pick the perfect name. Data Mining for Baby Names The Social Security Administration […]

Mark Skoultchi

July 12, 2011

So David & Victoria Beckham had their first baby girl Sunday, and named her Harper Seven. As an ambisexual name, Harper certainly works.  But what’s with the 7? Apparently, the Beckham infant weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces, was born on the seventh day of the week (Sunday), in the seventh month of the year (July), at 7:55 […]

Mark Skoultchi

June 17, 2011

If my dad had carried the day, I would probably have been named Bethesda. As it was, my parents came to a workable compromise, and my proper name is Beth Linda. Not as memorable as Bethesda, but probably not as challenging as living my life as a town in Maryland. Naming a child is tricky […]

Mark Skoultchi

August 1, 2008

Yet another embarrassing article on baby naming fiascos. (If you don’t want to read the article, here’s the gist: dad (Mr. Jones) names new baby “Dow” while mom is sleeping after giving birth. Previous child, Indiana, thinks it will all work out fine.) I’ll at least give these folks credit for spunk. Still a mound […]

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 […]

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 […]