Baby names can be a stressful decision for parents. Most parents want their kids to have a name that won't make them the target for bullies, but some parents are only interested in giving their children unique names like Kal-El (Nick Cage's son).
A 15-year old girl in Iceland is in a legal battle with the government over her name. Her parents named her Blaer, which means light breeze in Icelandic, nice right? It's not on the list of government approved names so she's been forced to go by the Icelandic word for "girl" on all official documents. Iceland's Personal Names Register includes more than 2000 names that are approved for boys and girls that follow Icelandic grammar and pronounciation guidlines and are unlikely to cause embarrassment.
Other countries have similar laws about naming your child like Germany and Denmark. Should the U.S. have laws like this to protect children from being given names like Pilot Inspektor (Jason Lee's son) or Moxie Crimefighter (Penn Jillette's daughter)?
When we were looking at baby names we wanted a name that was common enough that people would recognize it, but not so common that there would be multiple kids in our child's class with the same name. So we looked at the 100 most popular names list and picked boys and girls names that were in the bottom half of the list. Well, apparently everyone had the same idea because once Mia was born and the list of the most popular names of 2011 came out Mia and the other two names that we had picked out were in the top 10. So to help out anyone who is expecting in 2013 I found a list predicting what the most popular names of 2013 may be.
Top 10 Searched Baby Girl Names:
Top 10 Searched Baby Boy Names: