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Don’t Be an A.S.S.

Along those same lines, think about what your kid’s initials could spell out, advises Jennifer Moss, the founder and CEO of and the author of The One-in-a-Million Baby Name Book. “Middle initials are used a lot, so make sure they don’t spell out anything like H.O.G.,” she says. Other combos to avoid: S.O.B., G.A.S. and D.O.G.

“To me, initials are as important as the entire name,” agrees mom Paula B. “I really liked the name 'Evan', and I dreamed of a son with the initials 'EJ' for years. Although I never would have selected it as his first name, James ended up being perfect as a middle name.”

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