Mon, Sep 16, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

Cool Cassidy or Classic Caroline? The Art of Choosing Baby Names

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Coming up with just the right name for your bundle of joy can pose a challenge. Current favorites among U.S. parents include Jacob, Mason, Sophia and Emma. But is it best to play it safe, or go for something a little more exotic? Recent studies suggest it's a decision not to be taken lightly, with first names having an impact on the size of your paycheck. What factors did you think about when choosing a name? And what do you wish your parents had considered when naming you?

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Jean Twenge, professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University and co-author of "The Narcissism Epidemic"
  • Pamela Satran, co-author of 10 books on names including "Beyond Jennifer & Jason," "Cool Names for Babies" and "The Baby Name Bible," columnist for Glamour and creator of Nameberry, an online baby name guide

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