Molly: Baby Name of the Day

Jeanne Sager
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Between Molly Ringwald's new memoir and Amanda Peet's decision to name her daughter Molly, the name's been showing up on my computer screen a lot these days.

And here's where I fulfill your quota of "I learned something new today."

Did you know this is actually a "pet name" derived from the more common name Mary?

Oh, the power of Google ... and CafeMom's Baby Name Finder.

I always sort of wondered with this one. Other than Ringwald, it wasn't a name I heard much growing up -- at least not for people. Dolls, yes. Dogs even.

Which isn't to say I don't like Molly or even that I'm discouraging people from using it on their kids -- I've always had a fondness (blame Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, et al.). But when you add in its meaning -- "bitter" -- things just get worse for the Mollys of the world.

Then there's the band, Flogging Molly, and mollycoddling.

Can we give these ladies a break? What do you think -- too much ugh, not enough awww?

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