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Baby name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder of BabyNames.com. Have a question for Jennifer? E-mail it to question@babynames.com

surnames
Andersen for a Girl?


Hi Jennifer,

I’ve read your Q&A for years even though this is my first time expecting.

We won’t find out what we’re having before the birth so we’ll have to come up with options for each sex and decide on the day! [Read more...]

Baker and Occupational Names

Dear Jennifer,

I love Baker as a surname, and it’s also listed on your website as a first name. Is Baker an accepted first name for a boy?

Sincerely,
Sasha R.

Hi Sasha,

Absolutely Baker can be a first name! Occupational names that were originally surnames have become pretty trendy in the past couple of years, especially for boys. [Read more...]

Name from History
Hi Jennifer,

My son’s name is Patton. My husband likes WW2 history and got the name idea from General George S. Patton. Do you know the meaning? 

Thanks, Elindsey Dear Elindsey (great unique name!), Patton is an Anglo-Scottish surname.  It comes from Pat–short for Patrick–and the suffix -on which means “little” or “son of.”   So the official meaning would be “Son of Patrick.” Sincerely, Jennifer [Read more...]