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Alyssa Milano told People magazine that she and her hubby, who are expecting a baby boy this fall, have three boy names picked out, and will wait to see which one fits the baby once they see him.
“You hear so many stories about people who picked a name out and then the baby didn’t look like the name. So we’re narrowing it down when we see the child,” she told the magazine. (While she didn’t share their choices, she did say the names are “slightly Italian” to go with dad’s last name, Bugliari).
When it comes to the name game, I've seen it all: Friends who not only chose the name while baby was in utero, but monogrammed it everywhere and called the baby that aloud; Friends who chose the name in advance, but kept it a secret. (Some choose this route because their culture or religion deems it superstitious to say the name aloud, or buy baby stuff, before a healthy birth); And tons like Alyssa Milano, whose wait-and-see approach is getting increasingly common, according to baby-naming experts.
Nameberry.com co-founder Linda Rosenkrantz says the trend reflects the increased importance parents put on getting their child's name ‘right.’ “Some people are going into the hospital with one name in mind, but then seeing, say, a red-headed baby and deciding she looks more like a Rory than a Raven, and switching," she says. "Others, like Alyssa Milano, go in with a short list and see which one seems to fit better. This also fits in with the ‘don’t tell the name beforehand’ trend, avoiding months of combating the negative opinions of family and friends.”