Choosing a name for your baby can be fun, exciting and stressful. The pressure to choose a name that’s distinctive enough to set a child apart, that says something about your family history or culture or worldview, but that won’t subject the child to being teased or ostracized, drives some parents to crazy lengths. Parenting.com states that some statistics say children with “unattractive” names receive lower grades, while another claims they perform better in school. Some show that names influence perceptions of a person’s potential attractiveness or intelligence—but that those perceptions fade away once the real person and his or her real qualities appear.
So do you chose a family name, a trendy name, or a classic name that will leave them with a blank slate? Here are some of the top names from BabyCenter.com since 2000.
Hottest names in recent years
There are some great baby name generator sites like Nymbler, Random Names, and Baby Name Genie. There’s even a message board on Nameberry for moms who regret their name decision to vent about it. So study the meaning, ask friends and feel confident about your choice!