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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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., […]
Wed Dec 18 2019
Celtic Baby Names SOS
The Name Sage to the rescue: Helping this family with very specific specifications!
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.
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!
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.
Tue May 07 2019
Mom Names: Lady Gaga’s Mama and more!
Our annual Mother’s day salute to celebrities’ moms with fantastic names!
Tue Apr 30 2019
Sibsets: Finding a name for baby #3
The Name Sage helps find the perfect sibset name for baby number 3.
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!
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.