Episode #31 – Our guest is Kevin Stroud, attorney and host of The History of English Podcast. We talk about English naming, and what happened in the year 1066 to change both the English language and English names, many of which we still use today. We also discuss how and why it was necessary to eventually have surnames (last names).

Speaking of the English, there’s a new royal baby! We cover that story in our celebrity baby segment, and take listener questions on names and naming.

Standing in for Mallory in this episode is Jennifer’s daughter, Miranda Mendelson, from SlashedBeauty.com.

Have a question for the Baby Names Podcast? Email us at podcast@babynames.com

Don’t forget to check out Kevin’s podcast: The History of English.

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.