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"Naming your child isn’t just about picking one. It’s about picking ... the one ... that fits your child’s temperament and personality"

I think you hit the nail on the head there. I'm not saying I could ever change the name of my child once I named them. But, I'm not a big fan of change either. (Which leads to the troublesome side effect of decisions taking much longer than they need to. Anyhow...) With those parents that changed the name of their child, they did it after a year. Perhaps after getting to know "Ralph" for a year, they decided that name just wouldn't do. In truth, however snark-worthy Huxley is, perhaps it just suits their little one. :)

And the first name has to sound good with the last name, and the middle name. It's actually a lot like writing a short poem. Thank God my husband's last name is Selwood, because trying to write a short poem with "Hickey" as one of the components is just a recipe for failure.

who knew names were so hard? Maybe you could use your friends old crushes, names like Dexter Wade

Your notes sound a lot like my notes. :)

in case you haven’t heard of it, let me highly recommend The Baby Name Wizard. Visit the blog section of the site (http://www.babynamewizard.com/blog) to ask for advice on what to name your characters – the members there would LOVE the chance to help out. It’s not a run-of-the-mill baby name site, it’s strongly focussed on trends, etymology, history. A good deal of the members are English or History lecturers, or at least aficionados. They love finding just the right name.

Oh, this is not spam or anything, I just thought it might be a good resource for your writing.
(by the way, I’ve just found your blog and think it is very cool).

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    • L.A. 2009. I’m stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway, listening to Isabella Rosselini on NPR. Isabella, for some reason, mentions that starfish are one of those rare species that can reproduce asexually, and I realize that if I could do that, I wouldn't have to worry about finding a boyfriend/husband. I wouldn’t have to internet date! I wouldn't have to figure out if I want to/can/should have a baby/adopt a baby/child on my own. I wouldn't have to stress about things like FSH levels, or weigh my feelings on in vitro versus adoption. I would just have a baby. Thus began my starfish envy.
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