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What's in a name? Plenty, say doctors, expert

Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/04/06 http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=27d8427c159a7e41 Dr. Perry Fulcher is not so sure the thousands of babies he has delivered in the last 20 years ever adopt the personality of the names they are given. What he has found through experience is that many parents like to pick names that let their children stand out. “The primary intent is to find something unique,” said the UTMB obstetrician. “I am amazed how the kids could even learn how to spell their names sometimes. Sometimes it is pronounced one way and spelled another.” Thanks to medical technology where the gender of a newborn is known well before birth, the name is often picked before mom arrives at the hospital. But there is one rule of baby naming that has stood the test of time, Fulcher said. The mother, more times than not, gets the final say. “She has earned that right,” he said.



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