So, what’s in a name, moms and dads?

What name will best suit your newest addition. -
What name will best suit your newest addition.
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Traditional, edgy, popular or so out there you might be the first?

When it comes to naming children, there are many directions to take, tips to make it easier and places to find inspiration.

While some scroll through phone books, or pause TV sets during credits, others go to baby name books, look to their family trees, or go with a name they’ve adored for years.

Often names are picked up from a TV series or from favourite hit songs.

“Pop culture also plays an apparent role when babies are named,” a Ministry of Health press release concluded for parents in the province.

That was the case for Duncan nurse Sarah Byrne, whose daughters are named Harlow and Isla.

“When I think about it, both of our girls were named from names we heard in the media — an actress and what a celebrity named their daughter,” she said. “I also always paid much closer attention to patients’ names.”

For Duncan mother Nancy McNeil, a daughter’s name, Katrina, was picked out when she was only 18.

“Katrina was the name of a little girl in the neighbourhood,” McNeil said. “I loved it the minute I heard it and proclaimed to name my daughter that one day.

“Seventeen years later, after my daughter was born, I found out that was the given name of my deceased mother, who went by the name Katerine.”

As far as B.C. babies go, the Ministry of Health found in 2012 the most popular names for a girl and boy both fell into the relatively traditional category.

Olivia and Ethan were the most popular names.

According to the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency, other top selections for girls were Emma, Sophia, Emily and Ava.

And rounding out the top five for boys were: Liam, Lucas, Mason and Logan.

“From Aarav to Zion and Aaliyah to Zoya, there were 44,270 births in B.C. in 2012, up from 43,991 in 2011,” stated the release.

For a complete list of the baby names selected in the province in 2012, click here.

Tips for choosing your baby's name, courtesy

1. Blow if off (for now). This one may seem counter-intuitive, but don't make your final decision until the baby's born.

2. Spill the beans - selectively. Share your front runner with the one person who knows you the best (excluding your partner, of course, who already knows what's at the top of the list) and whose opinion you'll value.

3. Play the 'I'm pushing him out' card. Lay your biggest trump card on the table -- "I love you honey, but I'm the one carrying this baby and giving birth to him, so I get final call.

4. Say them out loud — a lot.

5. Write em' down.

6. Make good use of the middle name. Have several options you adore, and hate the thought of leaving one behind? Make one (or even two) the middle name.

7. Call in the experts. Take the pressure off of yourself and work with people who get paid to make these decisions. Where to begin? Whitney Walker and Eric Reyes, authors of the book The Perfect Baby Name.

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