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?


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

Jean Twenge, professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University and co-author of "The Narcissism Epidemic"