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Book offers advice on naming your baby

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Having a baby? Here’s some advice on naming your baby from the book "How to Survive Your Baby’s First Year," straight from people who’ve done it:

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"I picked a name based on a comic book character, added my mother’s middle name and presented it to my husband. He liked it and that was it—quick and easy choice. We did, however, double-check initials and spellings for ‘teasing factors.’ We were both picked on in school and I wanted to minimize it as much as possible for my daughter."

— Staci Priest, Pflugerville, Texas, mother to a 20-month-old daughter

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"We kept changing our mind about the baby’s name, and each time we did, our family said, ‘Oh, we like that name so much better than the last one.’ When everyone finally said, ‘Oh, we like the new name but we also like old one’ we knew we had a winner."

— Jonathan and Juliana Rollins, Marietta, Ga., parents to an 11-week-old son

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"I kept a bowl at my desk at work, and people wrote down names and dropped them in the bowl. At the end of each week I’d go through them. I made my selection from my co-workers’ suggestions."

— P.W., Chicago, parent of a 9-year-old daughter

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"We had four books of names. From them we each made a list of the names we liked. The strange thing is we only looked at girl names, even before we knew we were having a girl."

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— Allan Jaffe, Petaluma, Calif., father of a 21-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter

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"My hubby had a hard time deciding on a name, so we started calling the baby Tommy (after his father), until we could decide. By the time my son was born, I had called him Tommy for so long that changing it was out of the question."

— Heide A.W. Kaminski, Tecumseh, Mich., mother of two daughters, 18 and 15, and a 6-year-old son

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"Use the Supreme Court Test: Does this sound like the name of someone who might serve on the Supreme Court?"

— Linda Andrews Reeves, San Antonio, Texas, mother of a 10-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter

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