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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

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

Does this name sound like a cartoon?

Hi Jennifer,

For most of his life my husband has wanted to name a child Jack after his grandfather. However, I’ve rejected it because a) it’s incredible popularity for kids right now and the ubiquity in popular culture is annoying to me and b) there are several Jacks in his family currently living with the same last name. Read More

Pronunciation of Madeline

Hi Jennifer,

I have always wondered what the appropriate pronunciation of the name Madeline. I have heard it pronounced Made-line and Made-lynn. Me and my husband really like the name Maddie and are thinking of using the name Madeline (Made-line). Do you think that this name is too outdated or confusing? Read More

Moonyeen

Hi, there –

Big fan of the site! I’m wondering if you have any information on the name “Moonyeen?” It was my grandmother’s middle name but I have no idea where it comes from or what it means.

Thank you,
Karen Siddiqi

Hi Karen,

Moonyeen was an unusual name that turned up briefly in the U.S. Read More

Dr. Who Name

Jennifer,
I absolutely love your website! I was watching Dr. Who the other day and one of the characters names was Cathica. I can’t find any information on the name – if it is even a name used before or if it was made up for Dr Who. Read More

New Name: Vahn

Hi Jennifer,
I have named my son Vahn, I noticed it was not in your database, I have found it to be a male form of Siobhan and some of its meaning to be Justice. It was a name of a character in Legends of Legaia. Read More

Feedback on Dexter

Hi Jennifer,

I was just browsing through your Q&A and came across the question about the name Dexter being too reminiscent of the serial killer from the TV show. You advise against using the name because it has “bad associations” right now. Read More

Hunger Games Name

Dear Jennifer,

I’m fifteen and writing a Hunger Games fan fiction. It takes place after the last book and the main character is the daughter of Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen. I named her Willow. I have many reasons for doing this. Read More

Daenerys

Hi Jennifer!   I’ve recently gotten into the show “Game of Thrones” and I have fallen in love with the name Daenerys. I know it’s made up, but I can’t seem to find a meaning of it anywhere! Do you have any ideas? Read More

The Dexter Association

Hi Jennifer,

My husband and I have a last name ending in –er so I always said I would NEVER name a child something ending in –er to avoid the rhyming sound. Lately, I’ve been hung up on Trent and he’s liking Dexter…I actually don’t think it sounds as rhyming as a lot of other  –er names and actually do like it, but I’m not sure I like the idea of telling our son we came up with his name from a serial killer on TV. Read More

Ya-Ya Sisterhood Name

Hi Jennifer,

We are having a baby girl soon and have not picked a name. I just read the ya-ya sisterhood and fell in love with Siddalee.

I can not find its meaning anywhere. Did the author make it up? Do you think having such a different name would be a burden on her? Read More