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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.

How to Pick the Perfect Multilingual Name
Sun Nov 06 2022

How to Pick the Perfect Multilingual Name

Finding a name that works across languages AND which you love can be a challenge — and an opportunity to tie cultures together. Read our top tips for getting the balance right.
Unique Twin Names to Inspire
Thu Oct 20 2022

Unique Twin Names to Inspire

Unique twin names can be a challenge to find, but also great fun! Here are some uncommon twin name pairings with subtle connections to inspire you.
Vintage Surname Names Come Back Around
Wed Sep 14 2022

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.
Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide
Fri Sep 02 2022

Grandpa Names: The Ultimate Guide

Grandpa names — the names that grandchildren call their grandfathers — are more creative than ever before. Bye-bye, Grandpa and hello, Biggie? Zippo? Grady? The choice is yours!
Grandma Names: The Ultimate Guide
Thu Sep 01 2022

Grandma Names: The Ultimate Guide

Grandma names — the names that grandchildren call their grandmothers — are more creative than ever before. Bye-bye, Grandma and hello, Glamma? Zuzu? Honey? The choice is yours!
The 100 Most Common Last Names in the US
Fri Aug 26 2022

The 100 Most Common Last Names in the US

The most common last names in the US are collected here, with their origins and meanings. Is yours on the list?
Creative Family Names Honor Loved Ones
Thu Jul 28 2022

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.
I Named My Son Liam Before It Got Popular
Sat Jun 04 2022

I Named My Son Liam Before It Got Popular

Many parents worry that our favorite name is about to be the Next Big Thing. That's exactly what happened to Kathleen Donohoe and her husband, who named their son Liam shortly before it shot to the top of the charts. Find out why they have no regrets, and how Liam's name fits perfectly into the story of their family.
Updating Popular 1950s Names
Fri Apr 01 2022

Updating Popular 1950s Names

If you’re looking for ways to update popular 1950s names for a modern baby, the good news is that there is plenty of scope for creativity! You might choose a fresher version of the name or look to meaning or key sounds to find clever ways to reinvent important honor names.
How to Choose a Grandparent Name You Love
Sat Dec 04 2021

How to Choose a Grandparent Name You Love

Are you more of a Grandma or a Nana? Or perhaps Mormor, Mimi or Spicy? Our guide to grandparent names is full of ideas — and fun reader stories — from the traditional to the one-of-a-kind.
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?
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.
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.
Why So Few Girl Juniors?
Mon Nov 30 2020

Why So Few Girl Juniors?

Some of the reasons why so few moms choose to pass their names on to their daughters.
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., […]