Jennifer Moss (she/her) is the founder of BabyNames.com, author of The Baby Names Workbook, and Producer of The Baby Names Podcast. Jennifer is widely regarded as the leading expert on popular baby name trends and the naming process, serving as the authoritative source on the subject for national and international media.
Jennifer entered the tech arena in the 80s as a software developer and database architect, and became a pioneer in the Internet industry. In addition to operating BabyNames.com, Jennifer owns a web development agency in central California.
Names from the Twilight series of novels and movies have stood the test of time, still ranking in the U.S. Baby Name charts since the release of the first of the series in 2005. In fact, author Stephenie Meyer, just might have started the “old fashioned” baby name trend that began around that time, since the vampire characters were over a century old. Read More
If you’re a Hunger Games fan as much as I am, you might want to consider some Hunger Games Character Names if and when you’re choosing a name for your baby…or pet, or gaming characters! As we approach the release of the new Hunger Games prequel film, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I’m reminded of how whimsical and appropriate the character names are from the Hunger Games novels by author Suzanne Collins. Read More
Looking to your roots for name inspo? Our baby name researchers dive into the rich tapestry of African cultures to unveil a treasure trove of over 200 unique names from African culture. From the mesmerizing landscapes of Morocco to the vibrant culture of Kenya, Africa’s diverse heritage has blessed the world with an abundance of captivating monikers. Read More
Many parents are looking to instill strength and power into their baby girl’s name. That’s why they often turn to ancient goddess names or celestial names for their babies. These names can come from Greek Goddess names to Roman Goddess names to Norse Goddess names, as welll as other cultures who revere mythological names. Read More
In a world of ever-increasing diversity and individuality, parents are seeking out more unique names for their babies. Gone are the days of picking names at the top of the charts. Today, expectant parents are seeking unique girl names, unique boy names, and even unique gender-neutral names that stand out, reflect their values, and show creativity. Read More
We have compiled the top last names (surnames) in the United States, according to the most recent U.S. census. The top surnames/last names in the United States are primarily English, Spanish, Celtic, and Asian.
English surnames can be occupational like Baker, Mason, and Thatcher. Read More
February is Black History Month, and so we’ve curated a short list of names from Black history that represent strength, resilience, and the spirit of a community. Black history is filled with names that ring with power, reminding us of the incredible contributions made by these iconic names. Read More
Name appropriation is a subset of cultural appropriation, a topic we want to discuss as a baby naming site.
First, let’s define cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is defined as when a member of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group. Read More