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Experts warn against creative baby names

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FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The recent spate of strange celebrity baby names has experts warning unusual monikers can have a negative effect on "regular" children stuck with them.

Singer Erykah Badu named her baby girl Puma, actress Shannyn Sossamon named her son Audio Science and actor Rob Morrow named his child Tu -- as in Tu Morrow. Then there are Courteney and David Arquette, who named their little girl Coco and Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Chris Martin, whose daughter is named Apple.

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Dr. Vincent Iannelli, a Dallas-area pediatrician, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that the social environment of celebrities allows their children to escape the teasing a regular kid would get in a small town or inner-city neighborhood.

Nancy Irwin, an expert in psychology, advised parents who want to name their children something out of the ordinary, to give them an ordinary middle name.

"If you do want to name him or her something trendy or extreme, combine it with a neutral middle name so that the child can choose later to go by that name if preferable," she said.

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