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White mother with baby named "Cherokee" - What is Name Appropriation?

What is Name Appropriation?

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

Graphic with the title 100 Popular Gender Neutral Baby Names.

100 Popular Gender-Neutral Baby Names

Gender neutral names are more popular than ever and are continuing to trend! Using the Social Security Administration’s Top 1000 and trending names from our own site, we’ve compiled a list of 100 popular gender-neutral baby names. Which popular gender-neutral names are your favorites? Read More

Four hands on a pregnant belly - How to Choose the Best Baby Name

How to Choose the Best Baby Name

After working with expecting and new parents for over 25 years, I’ve learned quite a lot about the baby naming process. We’ve gone through the ups and downs of choosing a baby name, name-storming with parents, and helping them choose the perfect name. Read More

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

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

Names of...Heroes of Healthcare

Heroes of Health Care

If you find yourself searching for baby names inspired by doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers these days, you’re not alone. People everywhere are looking for ways to say “thank you” to those who put their lives on the line for our safety. Read More