Naming is your first big parenting choice – welcome to 18 more years of personality-molding decisions. Day care or home care, TV or none, bangs or no bangs? These are tough choices. But bangs grow back, while names are (or are meant to be) permanent.
Luckily you have nine months to find the perfect moniker – one that sounds good when you coo it, yell it or hear it intoned at a graduation ceremony. Put yourself in the child’s shoes. Picture your child not as a cute baby but as a grown-up bearing the name you picked. what’s in vogue one year and out the next is impossible to predict.
Here are just a few of the trends:
- City names, such as Austin and Brooklyn
- Last names as first names, such as Parker and Coleman
- Vintage names like Pearl and Ruby
- Nature names like River, Reed, and Skye
- There’s also the long-standing tradition of naming a baby for a relative or someone you admire.
These are the most popular African American baby boy names:
These names were compiled from states that keep record of ethnic backgrounds.
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