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

Ethnic Names

Names like: Amir, Fatima, Mohammed, Angelo, Lorenzo, Gabrielle, Monique, Philippe, Elsa, Leopold, Stefan, Ivana, Pavel, Sergei, Zahra, Diego, Carmen, Enrique

What it says about you: There was a time when American families eschewed non-Anglo names for fear of discrimination. Today, it's all about wearing your ethnicity with pride. "A more wide-open naming culture is encouraging parents to choose names that reflect their diverse family backgrounds," says Wattenberg. That said, not every ethnic baby name is linked to heritage. "Our playgrounds are full of Aidans whose parents aren't Irish and Giovannas whose parents aren't Italian," she points out. "Some parents choose foreign names based solely on style." In that case, the name reveals confident, free thinking parents who don't feel hampered by rules or tradition.

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