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Articles by Katherine Morna Towne

baby name Zelie
May 23rd, 2020

Best Cool, Unique Saints’ Names

By Katherine Morna Towne

There are so many saints’ names beyond the obvious–here are ten that are both unusual and cool.

baby name corona
March 28th, 2020

Babies Named Corona Are No Joke

By Katherine Morna Towne

Babies named Corona may seem far-fetched in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, but there’s a long history of disaster-inspired baby names.

June 25th, 2018

Baby Name Challenge: Naming a 7th boy!

By Katherine Morna Towne

Can you imagine the challenge of naming a seventh son?

May 8th, 2018

Marian Names Way Beyond Mary, Marie and Maria!

By Katherine Morna Towne

There are hundreds of names linked to the Virgin Mary–both directly and indirectly, and for boys as well as girls.

Surname names
October 23rd, 2017

Some Surprising Surnames to Consider

By Katherine Morna Towne

The surprising derivations of these surnames give them an extra element of appeal.

July 18th, 2017

How to Hide a Problematic Name

By Katherine Morna Towne

Some strategies for using a problematic name you love but hiding it too.

names you love
March 12th, 2017

Baby Name Remorse: Helping Your Children Love Their Names

By Katherine Morna Towne

We’ve all heard about parents’ name remorse, but what if it’s the child who doesn’t like his or her name? Here are a few tips on helping them embrace their name.

November 17th, 2016

Why So Few Girl Juniors?

By Katherine Morna Towne

Some of the reasons why so few moms choose to pass their names on to their daughters

May 1st, 2016

Baby Names Quandary: Use it now or bank a name you love?

By Katherine Morna Towne

Should you use or keep in reserve a name that’s similar to one that you love for another gender?

March 22nd, 2016

How Star Athletes Influence Baby Names

By Katherine Morna Towne

How the reputations of star athletes can have an influence on names–both pro and con.