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It's all in the name...

null In a trend that, surprisingly, doesn't seem to have started here in the anything-can-be-bought city, parents to-be are shelling out beaucoup bucks for the perfect baby-name. Is there even such a thing? In her article The Baby-Name Business , today's front-page story in the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal section, Alexandra Alter talks to parents about the trials and tribulations of naming that little bundle of joy. There are so many good picking-points in this story that it's hard to know where to start. Since we are a city that is built on, among other things, money and lots of it, it seems prudent to first find out how much a bit of decision-making help will set you back. Denise McComb, a 37 year-old California resident and mother of two, is expecting a third this fall. She spent $475 on a numerologist to have her favorite name, Lisa Marie, tested for positive associations. Luckily for McComb, it did. Madeline Dziallo's naming consultant played a pivotal role in Dziallo's marriage. "She was an objective person for me to obsess about it with rather than driving my husband crazy." Is the article insinuating that moms-to-be fixate far more over the "perfect" name than soon-to-be-daddies? Absolutely not. Rye, NY residents Scott and Katie Keppler decided to go to a professional when they found themselves disagreeing over what to name their second child. Katie Keppler, 40, wanted something that would go well with the name of their first son, Liam. Scott, however, wanted something more unique, "like Jolt for a boy or Jilly for a girl." "'He was harassing me with some really strange names,'" says Mrs. Keppler. The article goes on to say that sometimes, even after hours of hard work and checks written to consultants, nameologists, and numerologists, parents may not be completely satisfied with their choice. Karen Markovics, a 36 year-old North Carolina resident, who bypassed consultants and took the naming process into her own hands, "scouring Web sides," and reading baby books for months, named her daughter Nicole Josephine. Her daughter is now four, and Markovics wishes she'd "chosen something less trendy." She is even considering legally changing her daughter's name to Josephine Marie. She calls it "namer's remorse."
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