News from Guest Writers
We regularly feature guest writers who are experts on various aspects of baby names, name history, and name usage around the globe.
Thu Sep 30 2021
My Name, My Story: Zara
Guest writer Zara Zong tells the story of the names she was given, in China and America, and the name she chose for herself.
Sun Sep 26 2021
Do You *Really* Know What These Names Mean?
You've looked up the meaning of your favorite name, you love it... and then another source says it means something totally different! How do you know which one is right? Aili Winstanley Channer explains why, for many well-known names, there's room for both.
Sat Sep 18 2021
Authors Get to Name Everyone!
Most fiction authors get to name a whole world of characters — but getting it right is a fine art. Author Maria Frazer shares her top tips for choosing names that enhance your story and keep your readers on board.
Sat Aug 28 2021
Real Romani Baby Names Make History
Unearthing a fascinating collection of old Romani names that were used in England around the turn of the last century.
Sat Aug 07 2021
Cool, Unique Saints’ Names Have Faith and Form
There are so many saints' names beyond the obvious; here are some that are both unusual and cool.
Sat Jul 10 2021
Spiritual Baby Names: Buddhism-Inspired Choices for the Peaceful Child
Enlightened choices drawn from the spiritual practice of Buddhism, from new favorites like Bodhi to rarities like Moksha and Om.
Fri Jul 02 2021
Names Inspired by Tarot Cards
There are 22 major arcana cards in the Tarot deck, each one associated with a name. Guest blogger Isadora Vega interprets tarot card names for us here.
Tue Mar 16 2021
When British Names Stand Out
An American name nerd's fantasy — moving to England, where the names are fanciful and posh. Or are they? Guest blogger Gabrielle Carolina gives us an expat's perspective of naming habits across the pond.
Fri May 15 2020
Vintage British Nicknames
A fascinating compilation of lively, almost-forgotten old diminutives that deserve a new look, by Eleanor Nickerson aka Elea of the blog British Baby Names.
Thu Apr 27 2017
French Boys’ Names: From the Top 100 in France
Names that are super popular in France which could catch on here.
Mon Apr 24 2017
10 Great Girl Names from the French Top 100
10 great names from the French popularity lists.
Thu Apr 20 2017
What Will Be the Next Liam…and Sophia?
Names like Liam and Sophia have become thoroughly integrated into American nomenclature. What’s next?
Tue Apr 18 2017
International Baby Names: Boston Marathon winners
Taking a look at some of the more interesting international names of past Boston Marathon winners.
Sun Apr 16 2017
Pregnancy Tips: Organizing your home pre-baby
Some practical tips for organizing your home pre-baby that you might not have thought of.
Thu Apr 13 2017
Inventive Baby Names for your Tech-Savvy Tot
Inventive inventor and other tech-savvy baby names.
Tue Apr 11 2017
Lion King Baby Names: Simba, Nala, Timon
The animal stars of the Disney classic, “The Lion King” have had some influence on baby names. Proves you don’t have to be a Princess.
Sun Apr 09 2017
What Will the Next Zuckerbaby be Named?
Sophie’s predictions for the forthcoming babies of celebrity dads Mark Zuckerberg, Oscar Isaac, Peter Dinklage and more.
Thu Apr 06 2017
12 Great Shakespeare Names: Ophelia, Orlando, Oberon
A National Poetry Month salute to one of the greatest character namers of all time–the Bard of Avon.
Tue Apr 04 2017
Starbaby Report for March: Azalea, Lyric and two Judes
All the celebrity babies born in March, including the new Cumberbatch boy and Tori Spelling’s 5th.
Sun Apr 02 2017
When Name Nerds Name Pets
How does a name-obsessed nerd go about naming a pet?
Thu Mar 30 2017
Pregnancy Lingo You Should Know: TTC to FTM
If you’ve been confused by all those pregnancy abbreviations and acronyms, here’s what they all mean!
Tue Mar 28 2017
Poshest Names in Britain, Part 2: Crunching the Numbers
Posh names, Part 2 looks at the most popular names among the British elite.
Sun Mar 26 2017
The 100 Poshest Names in Britain
British Baby Names blogger Eleanor Nickerson gives a fascinating rundown on the names used almost exclusively by the UK’s upper class.
Tue Mar 21 2017
Baby Name Namesakes: Harriet Beecher Stowe in the UK
A genealogist’s thoughts on how an American author became a British baby namesake.
Sun Mar 19 2017
Naming Rules from a 6-year-old Name Nerd
Having some fun with Claire Shefchik and her early childhood name notebooks. Do you have any of your childhood name lists?