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iVillage.com: What Your Baby's Name Says About You

What Your Baby Name Choice Says About You

It may be your baby's name, but it reveals a lot more about the parent who picked it than the progeny. We asked baby-naming experts to weigh in on what each name category -- from biblical to vintage to nature-inspired -- says about the moms and dads who chose it.

Place Names
Names like: Brooklyn, London, Bronx, Africa, Juno, Dakota, Savannah, Tennessee

What it says about you: Parents who pick specific locations want their kids to project a certain image -- often a romantic or exotic one. (There's a reason you meet more people named Paris than Peoria!) "Borrowing a name from a glamorous international capital like London suggests that you're picturing your kid in the limelight, while Cheyenne shows a romantic sensibility about the American past," says Laura Wattenberg, founder of babynamewizard.com.

Place names can bestow cool-cred upon a kid (see: Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz's son Bronx) or suggest far-flung ties to a foreign location, as with a kid named Cairo or Egypt. But it can also be a sentimental choice, says Candace Alper, baby name expert and creator of Name Your Tune Personalized CDs. "I know a little boy named Hudson because he was conceived during a trip to New York City and the hotel overlooked the Hudson River." To that end, we're betting Reese Witherspoon's fondness for the state she grew up in inspired her new baby boy's name: Tennessee.

(CREDIT: Janet Gill/Stone/Getty Images)
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