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What Idahoans name their babies

In case you haven't realized it already, I'm kind of a baby name nerd/snob. It's just the way I am. So when I was in Idaho Falls a few weeks ago, and saw a newspaper insert of all the baby announcements from the local hospital from 2008 lying around, I just couldn't resist taking a look at it. I even wanted to write a blog post about all the interesting names I found, but decided against it because I didn't want to come across as a jerk. About half of my friends are pregnant right now and the risk of mocking one of their secret favorite names seemed to be too great.

Fortunately, someone else has written my blog post for me. You can find it here. Please read it and if you think it's funny, just know that I literally had the exact same thoughts. If you are offended, or if she mocks one of your favorite names, then we can pretend that I am offended right along with you.


(OK, I can't resist poking fun at one of them: Konnur. Really! It took me days to get over that one.)

(One more, but I'm not really making fun of it, just noting that it appears to be the most popular name ever for baby boys in the Idaho Falls area: Ryker. Doesn't anyone watch Law & Order anymore?)

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Farewell, papa-san