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Published on Jun 11, 2010
According to Baby Center, in 2009 the top boy's name was Aiden while Isabella clinched the title for top girl's name. Names like Bella, Alice and Edward were also widely common thanks to the bestselling vampire series Twilight. Is that how parents are choosing names? Does pop culture actually affect the names we choose for our kids? (Apparently Sasha and Malia moved up on the list too).
Today, Lisa Belkin, author of The New York Times blog The Motherlode asks panelists Rebecca Woolf and Heather Sophr how they chose their childrens' names and if they regret them. Though Rebecca's daughter Fable is often called Mabel, Sable, and even Gable, Rebecca loves it's uniqueness and wouldn't change it for the world. Heather looked for literary tie ins and inspiration for her babies names (Madeline Alice and Anabelle Violet), and like Rebecca, doesn't regret them at all. She does wonder, however, how parents could come up with bizarre names (and not think about long term nicknames) for kids-- In fact, she went to college with kids named Extra and Random...