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Cute baby names to avoid

Mary Fetzer is a freelance writer and marketing consultant with a marketing degree from Penn State University and 15 years of international business experience. Mary specializes in writing about parenting, children, pregnancy, college, h...

Baby names that are too cutesy

All babies are cute, and that's why cute baby names suit them so perfectly! But babies grow up, and names should grow with them. Beware of giving your little one a name that won't be taken seriously when he or she grows up.
Cutesy baby names

Girl names that end with the "ee" sound

The cutest baby girl names are those ending with long E sound, which is spelled in a variety of ways: -y, -ie, -ee, -eigh and more. Unfortunately, that cuteness factor tends to hang on way past childhood. Is it possible that some girly names are just too cute?

Girl names that get no respect

Can a girl — no matter how learned or professional she is — be taken seriously if her name is Daisy? These names, actual names from the Social Security Administration's list of the nation's most popular, are off the cuteness chart:

Going straight for the boy's nickname

To prevent confusion with family names like Robert Jr. or John III, more and more parents are going straight for the nickname. Names like Bobby and Johnny are among the nation's most popular, but can they stand the test of time?

Instead of putting a cute nickname (e.g. Charlie, Danny, Jimmy) on your son's birth certificate, consider giving him a name he can grow into (e.g. Charles, Daniel, James):

Boy names that might not be taken seriously

Where boys are concerned, it's not just nicknames that might be considered "too cute." Some of the trendier baby names for boys (Aiden, Braeden, Caden, Hayden, Jaden, Zayden) might not translate into names that suit a grown man, such as these monikers from the Social Security Administration's Top 1,000 Baby Names for 2012:

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