Ultimate Baby-Naming Customs and Traditions Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Deciding on a baby name is always a big deal, but it's not always as simple as picking a name out of a book. Take our quiz to see how much you know about baby-naming customs around the world.

In the United States, when is the most popular time to decide on a baby's name?

About one-third of respondents to a BabyCenter.com poll said they chose a name in the second trimester, making it the most popular choice.


What percentage of parents in the U.S. said they had picked their baby's name before conception?

An impressive 12 percent of parents reported in a BabyCenter.com poll that they chose a name while their baby was only a twinkle in their eyes.


Names are so sacred to this Native American tribe that formal names are pretty much for ceremonial use only.

Navajo children are often called simply "son" or "daughter" on an everyday basis because their formal names are used only in ceremonies.


If you practice this religion, you probably won't announce your baby's name until after you've given birth.

Jewish baby girls are usually named in a ceremony on the first Sabbath after they're born, and boys are named on the eighth day after birth.


Members of this branch of Judaism name babies after deceased relatives.

Whether it's using the full name or just an initial, Ashkenazi Jews traditionally name babies in memory of deceased relatives.


In Spain, who are first-born daughters named after?

First-born daughters are named for their father's mother. The first son is named after the father's father.


Members of this religion often create names by combining parents' or grandparents' names, frequently with French-sounding prefixes and creative spellings.

Many Web sites that list baby names allow you to search for names based on geography and religion, several of which feature the somewhat unusual names of Mormons who live in Utah, for instance Alexavior, GennaVieve and J’Shara.


People in this country give babies a fake "milk name" at birth that's supposed to ward off bad spirits.

Chinese families often use the "milk name" as a nickname after the baby gets its real name at about a month old.


Chinese babies are given their real names at this kind of party.

At a Red Egg and Ginger party, guests eat dyed red eggs (which represent fertility), and the baby's head is shaved.


During the Hindu Namkaran ceremony, the mother writes the baby's name on this kind of leaf.

After the name is written on a banana leaf, it's covered with uncooked rice, and the baby is laid on top. Then the mother and ceremony guests take turns saying the name into the baby's ear.


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