Family Name News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Mon Apr 05 2021
March Babyberries Welcome the Spring!
Spring baby names abound in our latest batch of beautiful birth announcements from Nameberry members!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Mon Feb 24 2020
How to Choose Anagram Names for Large Families
The best anagram names for siblings, beyond Heaven and Nevaeh.
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.
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., […]