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Names and Naming

Articles about everything to do with names and naming.

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

The Magical Name Emrys

Dear Jennifer,

First off, I want to say I love your website. I am an aspiring author who has always been curious about names anyway, and Baby Names is such a help. Second, I was wondering about the name Emrys. I’ve seen it several places, and I know it’s Welsh, but I noticed it was not listed here. Read More

Baby Name Urban Legends

Just like all lore, there are baby names myths and legends that have been perpetuated in our society. Surely you or someone who knows someone who went to school with those twins Lemonjello and Orangejello. Every time I announce they’re not real I get emails saying “They are real! Read More

30 Cool Baby Names Trending in 2017

There are some very cool and unique baby names that are hitting the charts and climbing fast for 2017. Most often a name will suddenly trend due to a celebrity using it for their offspring. Or it might be a beloved character name, or a unique alternative to another name that has become too popular. Read More

All the Celebrity Baby Names of 2016

Celebrities are historically known to have crazy baby names. But in 2016, it looks like something changed: celebs have opted out of the wild & crazy and have opted into choosing common and trendy names.

Just a few celebrity baby names of 2016 fell the “questionable” category, and those that did were not really news makers. Read More

How do I create a baby name?

Hi Jennifer,

My partner and I are both creative types — he’s a musician and I’m a visual artist. We didn’t want just any baby name for our daughter, who is due to arrive after the new year! We want to create a baby name, but don’t really know how to go about it. Read More