Just after giving birth to my daughter in 1990, I heard shouting coming from the next room on the maternity ward. “You stole my son’s name,” a visitor screamed when she discovered the newborn had the same distinctive name as her child.
Flash forward, and new parents still seek unique names — but even more so. Perhaps because so many people announce the gender before the birth, baby naming is the focus of attention, from annual lists to an online naming wizard. In the past few weeks, headlines announced the naming of Max Zuckerberg (a girl) and Saint West (a boy).