A baby name contest

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, which claims its birthing center is the busiest in Michigan, came out with its annual list of the most popular first names of babies born there in 2012.
Dec 29, 2012


Liam and Emma topped the list at the Grand Rapids hospital. You can read the full story by clicking here.

Carol Snow, a writer of fiction for teens and adults, recently held a baby name contest among the readers of her blog.

"Name choices are too subjective to label 'best,' but my mother, husband, son and daughter have chosen their favorites from almost 200 submissions," she wrote in "The best baby names." "The decisions were sometimes fraught, which is why I have included honorable mentions."

Carol, who apparently has not gotten over her mother naming her Carol, led off with her mother's favorite name for girls — which is not "Carol."

"As time went on, she gave some thought to what she should have named her daughters," Snow wrote. “'Johanna' led the pack for years. But once she started having granddaughters, she picked a new favorite (which none of us used). So, when Marguarite from Marion, Ohio, sent in 'Annabel' (for the contest), it was pretty much over. ... Ironically, Marion is my middle name. And I don’t like that, either."

To read more of Snow's funny blog, click here.



Most expectant mothers that have endless sleepless nights over what to name their newborn go well beyond the “today’s unusual popular” names. They go for one that no one else has, is unpronounceable, and spelled with letters placed at random within the name. Can you imagine a kid in school always being asked, “How do you pronounce your name and how is it spelled?” How old does a kid have to be to even answer these questions? A kid must to go around with a note pinned to his/her shirt with this info explained in plain English. The mother in this situation marvels at the attention the kid is getting. I call it early stages of child abuse.

By the way, "Annabel" is the name of my granddaughter's Border Collie.


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