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Names and Naming

Articles about everything to do with names and naming.

Star Trek Names

Star Trek Inspired Baby Names


It’s not unusual to look up into the sky for inspiration when it comes to searching for the perfect name. After all, many parents feel babies are heaven-sent. From Sunny, Moon and Star to Angel, Celestial and Zenith, what’s above us can easily influence what we call our progeny. Read More

Unique Baby Names Inspired by Disney

From Ariel to Zazu: Unique Disney Baby Names

From Ariel in The Little Mermaid to Zazu in The Lion King, the Walt Disney Company has been coming up with creative names of colorful characters for as long as many of us can remember. While animated royalty is always a good place to start, we’re reaching beyond the likes of Disney Princesses into a fantasy realm inspired by the genius whose legacy is equal in the American landscape to purple mountains and fruited plains. Read More

Hurricane Names (why they’re given people names)

Hurricane Andrew, Katrina, Harvey – why are storms given human names? As a personal name enthusiast I’ve always wondered this myself, so I did a little research over at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Center. Before hurricanes had names, they were identified by their original latitude-longitude which could get very cumbersome, especially when the storm information had to be communicated over short wave and public radio! Read More

Flower behind text: Most Popular Flower Names for Girls

Popular Flower Names for Girls

Many people ask me about the “current trends” for baby girl names. Well one that has been riding the wave lately is flower names for girls. Here are the top most popular flower names trending on BabyNames.com and my take on them…

Violet/Viola – (VY-oh-let/vy-OH-lah,vee-OH-lah) Violet seemed to have started the whole flower name trend, and it’s always been one of my favorites! Read More

I’m Not a “Chelsi” Anymore

Dear Jennifer,

What is your opinion on legally changing your name simply because you don’t like it? I’m 30, and I’ve never liked my name. It just doesn’t feel like “me.” 

I was born “Chelsea,” and started spelling it “Chelsi” when I was 13 in an effort to improve how I felt about my name. Read More

How Can I Become a Baby Namer?

Dear Jennifer. 🙂

My question isn’t exactly about baby names, but more about baby naming. My name is Emilia, I am from Poland and am now at such a stage of life where you usually think about your career. I’ve loved names for almost my entire life and I like to think about myself that I am good at naming people with names that fit them – be them my fictional characters or other people’s kids, as I like to help others on different forums to find the best name for their child, and consider baby naming really fun. Read More

Remove Trump Under the Name Donald

Hi there,

I know this may sound a bit far-fetched but it is only my opinion that Donald Trump should be removed from the notes about the name Donald. Yes he is the 45th President of the US and was famous long before he ran but I think he is too controversial of a figure to be under there. Read More

Why such terrible Names of the Day?

Dear Jennifer,

I hate to say it, but your so-called “Name of the Day” has been terrible lately. What kind of names are Skanawati, Thuong, Saturday, Tasman? I worry about your mental health? Why don’t you post some real, American names that we can consider really using! Read More

Nicknames for Taylor?

Hi Jennifer!
I’m pregnant and my husband and I were thinking of naming our child Taylor. (We don’t know the gender yet) Are there any cute nicknames for the name Taylor and could Taylor be short for anything? Thanks!

Julia S. Read More

All about the name Idina

Hello Jennifer!

First I want to say I absolutely love your site and really enjoy reading up on your blog and all the name advice you give. Thanks so much for all your effort and commitment!

My question is about the name Idina. Read More