Two names, Different cultures.

Hi Jennifer,

I am a transgender man and one of the greatest joys of transitioning was getting to choose my own name so that I would feel more “me.” I am now legally Aaron Kai. I chose Aaron because 1) I liked its meaning (exalted, strong) and 2) it is gender neutral when spoken but masculine on paper. Read More

Graham or Jared?

Dear Jennifer,
My husband and I are trying to decide on a name for our baby boy. It’s between Graham or Jared. We like Jared because we would use Leroy (which is my dad’s middle name) as the middle name so the initials would be JLB which is my husband’s father’s initials. Read More

Beyond the Meaning of a Name

Megan Swanek ‏@MrsSwanek 

@babynamesdotcom #AskBabyNames Do you agree that names can have meaning beyond what the name book says?

Hi Megan,

Absolutely, a meaning and perception of a name can be very personal and different for each individual. For example if you and your partner have a special place that you’ve shared–for a romantic getaway, honeymoon, or even just a favorite spot–you may want to use that place name for your baby. Read More

Making music-lovers in the womb

Want to woo your in-utero baby with some sweet classical music, or with recordings of baby’s parents’ and siblings’ voices? Look no further than Lullabelly’s Prenatal Music Belt, currently available at Amazon for under $60.

The Prenatal Music Belt plugs into any type of portable music player–iPhone, iPod, CD player, etc.–and comes with an audio splitter and headphones so you can listen along with baby. Read More

Polish Name Roots

Dear Jennifer,

I have always been fascinated by names, especially since I have an unusual name myself. I am of part-Polish heritage and have always struggled to get information on the Polish names that I have found on my family tree. Read More

Soundalike Names for Mom & Daughter

Jennifer,
I recently came across the name Kenley and fell in love with it. I am just concerned if I ever decide to use it if it will clash with my name, Mckenzie?

Thanks!
Mckenzie

Hi Mckenzie,

You have to decide if there would be confusion in your household between the names Kenley and Mckenzie. Read More

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