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Duggars keep baby name secret: How do you play the name game?

June 16, 2011 at 8:53 AM ET

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but when do you tell people your sweet little baby's name?

Your child's name is one of the first big parenting decisions you make. Some couples like to keep the name under wraps until the baby is born -- or even after.

Josh and Anna Duggar announced the birth of their second child on TODAY Thursday morning, just hours after their son was born. But they're keeping his name a secret -- at least from the general public. (Josh's parents and 18 siblings may know!)

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Josh and Anna Duggar with their newly arrived baby boy.

Actress Natalie Portman and her fiance recently welcomed a son as well -- but also haven't announced his name.

Some people don't tell because they're still deciding -- or the name they'd picked out in pregnancy somehow doesn't seem to fit when they meet their little bundle of joy in person. Others just like to keep things private.

Of course, some people go the opposite way -- telling people their intended name early on in pregnancy, only to be met with second-guessing by family members, friends and random strangers. Because of course, as with any other parenting decision, everyone's got an opinion!

How did you play the name game? Did you keep your child's name a secret, or shout it out to the world?

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