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Names and Naming

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100+ Baby Names from the Marvel Universe

Are you a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? There are many amazing names of heroes and their allies from the Marvel Universe that inspire baby names. Some names on this list existed before the comics, some were created specifically for Marvel characters in print, movies, and television. Read More

Chicago-Inspired Baby Names

Chicago-Inspired Baby Names

Chicago: the windy city, my kind of town, that toddlin’ town. This major metropolitan city in the heart of the U.S. has a rich history of people, culture, food, and community. We’ve asked two Chicago born-and-bred writers to put together this list of Chicago-inspired baby names for your little one. Read More

Lord of the Rings Names

J.R.R. Tolkien had a fascination with language and etymology. Not only did he create most of these names specifically for the land of Middle-Earth, Professor Tolkien often incorporated the actual background stories and meanings for these names directly into his novels! Read More

Inspirational Names of U.S. Presidents

In honor of President’s Day, here are some United States presidential names and their meanings. The most common name among presidents so far is James, followed by John, William, and George. If you want your baby to make it big in politics, you might want to consider some of these when choosing names for your baby! Read More

20 Cool & Unique Names from Mythology

Maybe it’s the influence of Disney’s Hercules or the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, but mythology names are on the rise! Parents are also increasingly more interested in finding names that are a little more uncommon. So here’s the combination of those two trends: cool and unique mythological names! Read More

Alternate Choices for the Top 10 Baby Names

Alternatives to the Top 10 Baby Names

Parents are seeking out more unique names, intentionally avoiding names that rank in the top ten of the popularity charts. But if you love a name on the top ten, what should you do?

Some parents are choosing to go with an alternate/creative spelling of a more popular name – like Kymberleigh as opposed to Kimberly. Read More

Cool and Unique Names for 2021

400+ Unique Baby Names for 2021

I love compiling the top baby names of the year, because it’s exciting to discover the new and more unique baby names that are beyond the Top 100. But if we check out the names ranked below the top 100, we often find names that have just recently hit the public consciousness or pop culture. Read More

Names from TV Commercials

Names from TV Commercials

Studies show the average American will spend the equivalent of nine years of their life watching television, including commercials! Even if you’ve never owned a television in your life, chances are you’ve seen more commercials than you’d think, between electronic billboards, radios, the internet and even movie theaters. Read More

Yes my name is "Shayna Maidel"

Name Story: Yes, my name is “Shayna Maidel”

My parents unknowingly named me after the popular Yiddishism, “shayna maidel.”

My name is Shana Medel, pronounced Shah-nah Muh-dell. Over the years, it has been butchered by one too many people to count — teachers performing roll call, congregant members at my bat mitzvah, the announcer at my college graduation and even my first boyfriend. Read More

Baby Name Ideas for Quarantine Babies

Baby Name Ideas for Quarantine Babies

Giving birth during quarantine is not an easy feat. But life goes on…literally! Instead of focusing on fear, let’s celebrate our strength, resilience, and togetherness during this time. We’ve put together a list of baby names that celebrate new life and those qualities. Read More

Top Trending Names of 2020 - so far

100 Trending Baby Names of 2020


Since there was a delay in the Social Security Administration top baby names list for 2019, we’ve decided to tabulate the top 100 trending baby names of 2020 (so far). This list is calculated from our user’s favorite name lists, from December 1, 2019 through May 9, 2020.  Read More