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Audio Science. Fifi. Coco. Hopper. Apple.

What do these words have in common?

They are names that celebrities have given their children. You can read the names of the parents of these children and other strange names celebrities have given their children here.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones giving their children weird or unusual names. There are a lot of strange names out there: Jedi, Google, and Burger, to name a few. And a judge in France won’t allow a couple to name their baby Nutella, according to the BBC. That’s right. Nutella—that delicious hazelnut/chocolate spread.

Some countries like Germany, Iceland, New Zealand, and Denmark all have baby-naming laws. Denmark, for instance, has an approved list of baby names. If parents want to name their child something not on the list, they have to get special approval from government officials.

And here’s something interesting: If a person’s name is easy to pronounce, short, or closer to the front of the alphabet, chances are that he or she will have more success in school and in business, according to businessinsider.com.

Now it’s your turn: Does it matter what a person’s name is? Should parents be allowed to name their children strange things like Tomorrow, Notorious, or 4Real? Do you think someone’s name can have an effect on his or her future?

Write a sentence to answer any of the above questions and then make a list of three reasons why you hold that opinion.  If you have time, write a paragraph from your sentence and your list. (Your sentence will become your topic sentence.)

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