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Family names are appealing to many parents today. These news stories and features look at the latest trends and studies on family names for contemporary babies.

Ask the Name Guru: Can I Use an Honor Name Without the Honor?
Tue Oct 19 2021

Ask the Name Guru: Can I Use an Honor Name Without the Honor?

Erin and Michael's favorite name for their baby girl is Nora — coincidentally connected to a grandmother that doesn't make the honoree shortlist. Can they use the name Nora without an association with Grandma? The Name Guru shares her take.
Keeping the Tradition Alive: 150+ Years of Ursula and Mildred
Tue Sep 28 2021

Keeping the Tradition Alive: 150+ Years of Ursula and Mildred

Ursula Amatrudo-Roman is a part of a multi-generational naming tradition, where the women name their daughters after their own mothers. For over a century, these women have been alternately named Ursula and Mildred. Will she continue the tradition for her own daughter?
Top Last Names in the US: Origins and Meanings
Wed Sep 22 2021

Top Last Names in the US: Origins and Meanings

The top last names in the US with their origins and meanings.
August Babyberry Names Bring It Home
Mon Sep 06 2021

August Babyberry Names Bring It Home

Strong links to heart, home and heritage run through all of the wonderful names chosen by Nameberry members in August.
Summer Babyberries Born from Nature
Mon Aug 02 2021

Summer Babyberries Born from Nature

Nameberry’s July birth announcements are in, and our members’ beautiful picks over the past month are brimming with natural connections to the earth and sky.
Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around
Thu Jun 17 2021

Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around

Vintage surname names? Yes, this modern trend isn't so modern after all. See the top surname names from a century ago, along with unique choices from our secret source.
Creative Family Names Honor Loved Ones
Tue Jun 08 2021

Creative Family Names Honor Loved Ones

Modern parents are looking for creative family names to honor their loved ones. How do you find a name that is stylish, unique, and meaningful? We have ten tips in our ultimate guide to creative family names.
How I Named My Baby: Natalie Mara
Wed May 26 2021

How I Named My Baby: Natalie Mara

Lisa and Gene welcomed a daughter in January 2021 they named Natalie Mara — a meaningful choice that honors heritage and cherished loved ones. We talked to Lisa about naming traditions and the process of naming Natalie.
March Babyberries Welcome the Spring!
Mon Apr 05 2021

March Babyberries Welcome the Spring!

Spring baby names abound in our latest batch of beautiful birth announcements from Nameberry members!
Joyful Names Honor Grandma
Wed Dec 16 2020

Joyful Names Honor Grandma

They want to honor grandma with their new daughter’s name. Except grandma’s name? Gay. Time to reinvent this family name for the twenty-first century, either by meaning, sound, or some combination of both.
Celebrity Middle Names First
Wed May 13 2020

Celebrity Middle Names First

You might be surprised at how many celebs have swapped their first names for their middles. Another reason to focus on your middle-name choice.
Boy Names Balance the Traditional and New
Wed Apr 15 2020

Boy Names Balance the Traditional and New

She loves rare and unexpected names. He likes to keep it more traditional. Sound familiar? It’s the classic tug-of-war between too-common and too-out-there for this couple. Let’s help them name a brother for Scout Valentine.
Surname Baby Names Welcome the Next Wave
Sat Mar 14 2020

Surname Baby Names Welcome the Next Wave

Surname baby names go far beyond Carson and Cooper. Here are 30 fresh alternatives.
This Is How You Name Multiples In Style!
Thu Mar 05 2020

This Is How You Name Multiples In Style!

Nameberry’s February birth announcements include one set of superbly named twin boys and two (!!) sets of triplets. It’s a masterclass in naming multiples!
How to Choose Anagram Names for Large Families
Mon Feb 24 2020

How to Choose Anagram Names for Large Families

The best anagram names for siblings, beyond Heaven and Nevaeh.
How to Name a Last Baby
Fri Feb 21 2020

How to Name a Last Baby

Naming a last baby can be a struggle. Honor name, or longtime love? A third B name, or break the pattern? Here are our top tips for naming a final child.
Wanted: A Girls’ Name That’s NOT Popular
Wed Feb 19 2020

Wanted: A Girls’ Name That’s NOT Popular

Growing up as one of the Emilys has this mom seeking a stand-out name for her daughter. Emily writes: My husband and I are expecting our first child and need some name help! We have a boy name, but are struggling to come up with the right girl name. Growing up as an Emily M., […]
Celtic Baby Names SOS
Wed Dec 18 2019

Celtic Baby Names SOS

The Name Sage to the rescue: Helping this family with very specific specifications!
Family Names Getting More Adventurous
Wed Nov 27 2019

Family Names Getting More Adventurous

Thanksgiving means family…and family names. Here’s our ultimate guide to choosing the newest, most creative names with family meaning.
Surname Names for Boys: Help wanted!
Tue Sep 17 2019

Surname Names for Boys: Help wanted!

The Name Sage is called upon to help find a boy name for this family’s sixth child. Check out her suggestions and vote on the poll!
Dad Names: Updates for Alpha Babes
Tue May 28 2019

Dad Names: Updates for Alpha Babes

How to transform a Millennial dad name into a cool name for a modern Alpha generation boy.
Mom Names: Lady Gaga’s Mama and more!
Tue May 07 2019

Mom Names: Lady Gaga’s Mama and more!

Our annual Mother’s day salute to celebrities’ moms with fantastic names!
Sibsets: Finding a name for baby #3
Tue Apr 30 2019

Sibsets: Finding a name for baby #3

The Name Sage helps find the perfect sibset name for baby number 3.
Blending Baby Names for a Modern Brady Bunch Family
Tue Dec 04 2018

Blending Baby Names for a Modern Brady Bunch Family

The Name Sage offers her advice for a newly blended family. Vote on the poll!
Great Anglo-American Baby Names for Harry and Meghan
Thu Nov 01 2018

Great Anglo-American Baby Names for Harry and Meghan

Our British name authority Eleanor Nickerson offers her enlightened opinions on the leading baby name favorite possibilities for Meghan and Harry’s baby.