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    http://woai.com/news/local/story.asp...9-016286B72DBD

    With the Spurs in the NBA Finals, many San Antonians consider themselves to be born Spurs fans. But Renee San Miguel and Jorge Ramirez' new son really is.

    The couple named their nine pound seven ounce baby boy, born Sunday, Ginobili, after Spurs superstar guard Manu Ginobili.

    "We're big Spurs fans," Renee told 1200 WOAI's Bud Little from her room at San Antonio Metropolitan Methodist Hospital on Monday, with obvious understatement.

    She says they decided on Ginobili Jose Ray San Miguel Ramirez because "all of our other children's names state with 'G,' and we wanted to name him something with a 'G'." That ruled out Tim Duncan or Tony Parker.

    "We hope he lives up to his name and becomes a famous basketball player too," Renee said.

    Ginobili Ramirez will be watching from his crib Thursday night when the Spurs, and Manu Ginobili, take on the Detroit Pistons in Game One of the NBA Finals.

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    LOL thats tooo much

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    That poor kid. But, at least the didn't name him ESPN

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    Ginobili Jose Ray San Miguel Ramirez
    damn...thats a mouthful...Puro San Antonio!

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    That's takin it pretty far, but props anyway!

    I can see naming him "Manu"....but Ginobili?

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    poor kid will have go through many name changes after the spurs go 2-2 and then when they go 3-3

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    Ginobili Jose Ray San Miguel Ramirez

    his friends call him Bubba...

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    It's sad how folks can use their child as a way to try and show they are spur fans and yet they won't purchase season tickets.

    what happens when that kid is old enough to get teased by his school mates cuz Manu plays for the lakers after being traded?

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    It's sad how folks can use their child as a way to try and show they are spur fans and yet they won't purchase season tickets.

    what happens when that kid is old enough to get teased by his school mates cuz Manu plays for the lakers ?
    The same thing that happened to me, he gets beat up.

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    Little ing flopper....

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    It's sad, the kid's going to get beat up for the goofy name but the school officials won't do anything about it because he'll have a reputation as a flopper....

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    Little ing flopper....
    BUWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    Obviously his dad isn't Bernie Lancicome & his folks don't write for the Denver Post...

    (courtesy of ExtraStout)

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    Oh, Baby! Playing the Name Game For Keeps

    By Judy Mandell

    When Jill Ammon gave birth to a baby girl in April 2004, she and her husband, Chris, were leaning pretty heavily toward naming her Isabella. Then their doctor weighed in.

    Since Hurricane Isabel swept the East Coast in 2003, he told the Alexandria couple, he'd delivered "a ton" of Isabellas.

    "We scratched that name pretty quickly after that and settled on Lucy," says Chris.

    These days, naming a baby is serious business -- literally. It's spawned bushels of books, Web sites, even some wacky advertising opportunities. (In one of the latest examples, an Internet casino reported paying $15,000 for the right to dub a child GoldenPalaceDotCom Silverman.)

    One of the process's main problems: balancing the pull of a name that seems oh-so-perfect with the fear that, in hospitals across the country, too many other parents are feeling the same affection for the same set of letters.

    "In the past, there was more concern about a name sounding weird," says Laura Wattenberg, author of "The Baby Name Wizard." "Today, parents worry more that their child's name will become popular. They're more afraid of blending in than sticking out."

    For the Ammons, last month's Social Security Administration release of the most popular baby names of 2004 confirmed their doctor's advice: Among girls, Isabella was ranked seventh, preceded by, in order of decreasing ubiquity, Emily, Emma, Madison, Olivia, Hannah and Abigail. Ashley, Samantha and Elizabeth finished off the Top 10. Among boys, the Top 10 were Jacob, Michael, Joshua, Matthew, Ethan, Andrew, Daniel, William, Joseph and Christopher.

    In the current bestseller "Freakonomics," economist Steven D. Levitt devotes a chapter to exploring the roots of name popularity, trying to determine if there is a pattern to their rise and fall.

    After studying birth certificate information for Californians born since 1961, Levitt decided there was. Names, he posits, begin their ascent by catching on with well-educated, high-income parents, then become more common (both in number and perceived quality) as they move down the socioeconomic scale.

    "For every high-end baby named Stephanie or Brittany, another five lower-income girls received those names within 10 years," Levitt writes in the book.

    Names that become hits among lower-end families usually then fall off popularity lists altogether. Among white Californians, for example, Lauren and Madison were among the top names with well-educated families in the 1990s. Now, they're among the most popular names for white girls overall. Meanwhile, Heather and Amber, among the top overall during the 1980s, had by the 1990s become hot picks among only lower-income families.

    But what starts a name on that climb at all? Observers such as Diane Stafford, author of "50,001 Best Baby Names," thinks each year sees its own trends. Among today's inspirations, she says, are last names (like MacKenzie, Madden and Maloney), an urge for completely new, fully made-up names (Jazzline and Deshawn) and names inspired by celebrities.

    These last often seem to go from obscurity to the spotlight right away. Most people, for example, had never heard of a baby being named Apple until Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin used it last year. Sometimes, the name highlighted may have already been climbing the charts. Though Brooklyn made the papers when Victoria and David Beckham chose it for their son in 1999, it had been gaining popularity since at least 1990.

    Trends and branding expert Rachel Weingarten, president of New York-based GTK Marketing Group, thinks most couples should think hard before considering a celebrity-endorsed name.

    "Celebrities tend to be guilty of saddling their offspring with painful monikers in the misguided effort to make them stand out even more from the crowd," she says. "For better or worse, you're branding that child. Quirky is fine for a day or two, but Denim and Diezel? What were you thinking, Toni Braxton?"

    Safer, according to Wattenberg, is the current taste for old-fashioned names such as Jacob and Olivia.

    "The rule of thumb is that it takes at least four generations to 'refresh' a name," she says. "As parents, we find the names of our own generation too ordinary, our parents' names too boring and our grandparents' too old. But once we reach our great-grandparents, things start to get interesting." Some of today's most stylish names, she adds, would sound right at home in a Victorian nursery.

    Of course, while parents will mull over the trends, most will find their actual pick is much more personal.

    Sharon Johnson and her husband, Martin, named their son, now 4, True Solomon and their daughter, now 1 1/2 , Honor Psalm. "We thought about the virtues we wanted to instill in our children," writes Sharon, a District homemaker, in an e-mail. "We knew instantly that True and Honor were right -- their names would be a steadfast reminder of the type of character we wanted them to have. How terribly ironic if our daughter were not honest or honorable and our son were not true or trustworthy in their adult lives."

    Heather Martin, a stay-at-home mom from Alexandria, factored humor into the names she and husband Jeff chose for their two sons, a toddler and a baby born in March.

    "Charles and Gordon are good strong names for men, but little boys named Charlie and Gordy just crack us up. Isn't that what it's all about, really?" she asks.

    And good humor is a great characteristic to bring to the entire process. A name, after all, doesn't have to be destiny.

    In "Freakonomics," Levitt relates the tale of two brothers, who for reasons now forgotten were named Winner and Loser. Loser, it turned out, scored a scholarship to prep school, attended college and became a well-regarded police sergeant. Winner? He's unfortunately amassed a long criminal history.


    2004 The Washington Post Company

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    my wife laughs at this .
    she told me that when the cowboys were big that the moje a personas de espalda in eagle pass named their kids troy, emmitt, jay, etc.

    troy montemayor
    emmitt gomez
    jay sanchez



    mensos

    "the moje a personas de espalda"

    WTF? Please explain this because I live in Eagle Pass and I've never heard of this .

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    The same thing that happened to me, he gets beat up.

    Dude I feel like kicking your ass just for having that wicked mullett

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    By the time he's a teen, my guess is he's called "Gino" Ramirez.

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    Do you think if Gino Ramirez makes his basketball team, he will be a flopper?

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    maybe they will call him Flip middle name Flop

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    some happy girl will bring "Ginobiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii" a new meaning.

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    A source close to the family disclosed that the delivery went smoothly and that the Ramirez' newborn baby boy "flopped" into the Doctor's arms. A surprised Jorge exclaimed "GINOBILI!!!"

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    She says they decided on Ginobili Jose Ray San Miguel Ramirez because "all of our other children's names state with 'G,' and we wanted to name him something with a 'G'."
    Now thats going to be hard cashing Checks

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    damn!
    Ginobili: comes from the Latin:ginobilis. Which means he who falls fast.

    I guess I would use that in the next way: The one legged person ginobilis.

    Or the Pistons ginobilis to the Spurs.



    I would never do that to a kid!These people should be quarantined!

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    10 Years and 3 Championships later, Ginobili meets Ginobili and the Spurs are STILL in contention for another championship


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    Wow

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