Anne Ebeling talks to the author of "Names to grown on", Suelain Moy, about why she wrote this book. Also in this episode, Julie talks to David Sparrow about astrology.
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Anne Ebeling: Hi, welcome to Parents TV, I’m Anne Ebeling. When it comes to naming your baby, there are thousands of names out there to choose from. So how do you know where to begin? Well, most people say a good baby name book can lead you in the right direction. So joining me today is the Author of “Names to Grow On: Choosing a Name your Baby Will Love,” Suelain Moy. Thanks for joining us. Anne Ebeling: What really made you want to write this book? Suelain Moy: I think we had a really unique time with baby names now, like door’s wide open, the window’s wide open, the back door’s open, the fence is open, it’s just anything goes. So people are finding lots of inspiration from vintage to foreign, to creative or inventive names. So, I thought personally it was a great time to come out with a book. Anne Ebeling: So then, how do parents go about making this big decision? Suelain Moy: I think it really -- first it has to kind of go with your gut because you’re going to be saying this name an awful lot. And also be open to new influences. I have a page where if you’ll be like silly putty, don’t be afraid to like soak up to new experiences or words and a lot of people keep dream diaries and write down names or if they hear them in passing, and they keep a kind of like journal of names. Anne Ebeling: Let’s talk about the book in terms of what’s inside. What will parents find in there? Suelain Moy: We have a top 1000 most popular boy’s names and a top 1000 most popular girl’s names. Then we also have the most popular names around the country. So say, you want to know what’s the most popular name is in Brussels or Ireland, you’d be able to say, “Oh Jack, Jack is the most popular name” or Emma, Emma’s the most popular name. Anne Ebeling: What are some of the more unusual names you came across? Suelain Moy: Oh, there are so many. Those are really beautiful story, a little girl’s name Sonoma, her father’s from San Francisco and they originally thought if they had a boy, they were going to name the baby Maximus because they had an Italian last name. And eventually, they decided on Sonoma because it was like one of their favorite parts of the country and it’s beautiful and they looked up the name derivations and it means “center of the world” or “sacred place.” Anne Ebeling: How about celebrities? They come up with some unusual names, what are some of the trends when it comes to them naming their children? Suelain Moy: They did, they tend to go very traditional. Henry is very popular amongst celebrities but also we’re seeing a lot of foreign names. We’re seeing Sage, names like that and also Max is popular. Sam the sort of easy, what I call “um-um” good names. They’re easy to say and they’re very strong like vowels and sounds. So we’re really seeing everything all over the place. Anne Ebeling: So how about you? You have a son, how did you choose your child’s name? Suelain Moy: We actually chose his name, we were playing a game and I asked him to describe your favorite animal and his dad described an otter and we really liked the way it sounded, it was very strong and it had a -- you know that popular “ER” ending? Although now, the current name ending for boys is N. About 90% of the most popular boys name ends in N. Anne Ebeling: Suelain Moy, thank you so much for joining us and her book “Names to Grow On” is in stores now. Thanks for watching Parents TV, your source for the best information for your growing family. Host: Don’t go away, another Parents TV on Demand Video is coming up next. Juli Auclair: Do you know your baby’s sign? Well, believe it or not, it could tell you a lot about not only their personality but their likes and dislikes too. And joining us now with more on what the stars say about babies is Senior Editor of Parents Magazine David Sparrow. Thank you for coming in. David Sparrow: My pleasure. Juli Auclair: Now I know Parents Magazine did an article recently about baby horoscope and there was a great response from parents w