Baby Name Shocker: Wild Pursuit of Best Baby Name Drives Desperate Dad to Launch New Website – Then Give Away Cash

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Finding the right baby name is so important to one expectant father he is using his grandmother’s inheritance to fund the search. Visitors to his new website, can win cash for coming up with baby names and referring friends.

A California dad-to-be is at his wits end trying to come up with the perfect baby name for his newborn due in February – so he’s launched a website in hopes that people will visit and make baby name suggestions for a chance to win up to $1,000 in cash.

“I’m open to any and all suggestions,” says Ryan Kaltman, a 33-year-old professional magician. Kaltman says he’s counting on the website to deliver “that one magic name we’re searching for. My website’s URL -- -- expresses exactly what I’m looking for: Help. That’s what we need and we’re willing to pay for it."

Kaltman says for the next four months, until his baby is born, he'll be awarding $100 every week to a website visitor who submits his or her favorite baby names. "I’m also giving $1,000 in cash to the person who refers the most friends to the website,” he says.

The expectant father admits his wife is more low-profile than he is. “She says every time I take on a project I make a big deal out of it. I guess she’s right, I do. I’m a techie kind of person,” says Kaltman. “I love fooling around with computers, so I told her, ‘why not put up a website and see what happens?’”

Kaltman posted the website last week and is impressed with the results. “More than 11,000 people have visited in the first seven days it’s been up. They’re sending their friends to click in, too. With this level of response, it occurred to me that maybe I could help build the world’s largest baby name resource, a database that can also benefit other parents.”

Kaltman says his interest in baby names started with his grandmother, Lillian Kaltman, who passed away four years ago. “She always said: 'Be careful what you name your baby. It’s a huge responsibility and the poor little thing never gets a vote.’” The expectant dad says he’s taking her warning seriously and using a portion of the money she left him to find the right baby name.

There are other prizes on the website, he says. “Anyone who visits and submits names can instantly download a copy of my grandmother’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe, and even see her picture. Nobody in our family knew what made these cookies so good until she died. She left the recipe to us in her will.”

Kaltman and his wife told their obstetrician not to reveal the sex of their baby until its birth. “We’re old-fashioned. That’s why I need both boy and girl names.”

“I’m thinking about all the Melvins, Ottos and Gaylords out there who wish their parents had put more thought into naming them,” he says. “And what about the Hildegards, Gertrudes and Brunhildas? It makes my head swim just thinking about the awful possibilities.”

The California magician says his vocation is probably tied to his new obsession with baby names. “I look for magic in everything,” he says, “including the black magic that’s bound to come with giving a baby a bad name. This website will prevent that from happening.”

Go to to contact Kaltman with a baby name suggestion.


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