Menu

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.

Choctaw Names Tell Stories
Sat Nov 12 2022

Choctaw Names Tell Stories

Guest blogger Angel Thomas, aka Dantea, shares names from the Choctaw side of her heritage.
Cherokee Names Are All-American
Thu Nov 03 2022

Cherokee Names Are All-American

Drawing from her own background, Angel Thomas looks at the naming practices, and the names themselves, of the Cherokee culture.
Hello, Cutie! Rare Vintage Girl Names Ending in -ie
Sat Oct 22 2022

Hello, Cutie! Rare Vintage Girl Names Ending in -ie

Love vintage girl nickname names like Sadie, Elsie, and Annie? There are many more that are equally charming, but much more uncommon now.
Do You *Really* Know What These Names Mean?
Mon Sep 12 2022

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.
Unique Saint Names Have Faith and Form
Fri Aug 12 2022

Unique Saint Names Have Faith and Form

There are so many inspiring saint names beyond the obvious candidates. Here are a selection of favorites that are both unusual and stylish.
Nickname Spotlight: Getting to Gus
Sat Aug 06 2022

Nickname Spotlight: Getting to Gus

Do you love the nickname Gus, but would prefer a more unusual route to it than August or Augustus? Here's a world of options ranging from familiar Angus to rare gems like Mingus.
German Baby Names: Ansel, Arno and Ivo
Wed Aug 03 2022

German Baby Names: Ansel, Arno and Ivo

A new generation of German baby names has international appeal.
Best S Names for Girls
Sat Jul 16 2022

Best S Names for Girls

Move over Sophia — here are 15 stunning girl names starting with S, from Sabine to Sylvie.
Best K Names for Boys
Sun Jul 10 2022

Best K Names for Boys

A look at how K names have been overlooked, including 15 kicking K names for boys that we need more recognition.
Best K Names for Girls
Sat Jul 09 2022

Best K Names for Girls

Why have K girl names been so misunderstood? Let's take a fresh look at some underrated girl names starting with K that move beyond Kylie and Kayla.
Indian Names: 25 evergreen choices
Fri Jul 08 2022

Indian Names: 25 evergreen choices

Chetana Sagiraju, founder of a leading Indian parenting website, MomJunction, introduces 25 classic names commonly used for boy and girl babies in India.
Best G Names for Girls
Wed Jul 06 2022

Best G Names for Girls

Some glamorous girls names starting with G, from Gaia to Goldie to Greer.
Names Inspired by Tarot Cards
Sat Jul 02 2022

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.
Waldorf Names: Whimsical and Wonderful
Sat Jul 02 2022

Waldorf Names: Whimsical and Wonderful

On the roster for Waldorf schools, you'll find children's names ticking many of the hottest trend boxes: names from nature and seasons, history and books, and classics hiding in plain sight. Discover the best names with this aesthetic — often ahead of the curve, sometimes way outside it.
Buddhist Names for a Peaceful Child
Sun Jun 12 2022

Buddhist Names for a Peaceful Child

Enlightened choices drawn from the spiritual practice of Buddhism, from new favorites like Bodhi to rarities like Moksha and Om.
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.
10 German Girls Names To Consider
Fri Jun 03 2022

10 German Girls Names To Consider

German names are often overlooked as a source of inspiration, but here are ten girl names we think you'll love. They're either starting to get popular outside Germany, or could do very soon.
Ancient Roman Names For Modern Babies
Sat Apr 30 2022

Ancient Roman Names For Modern Babies

Find out how the Romans really named their children — and which names from ancient Rome are making a comeback today.
Earthy Boy Names: 100+ Friendly and Grounded Ideas
Sat Dec 11 2021

Earthy Boy Names: 100+ Friendly and Grounded Ideas

Earthy boy names encompass many styles: old-school "salt of the earth" names, friendly "down-to-earth" names, and ones inspired by nature and the planet we live on. Guest author Brooke Cussans digs up 100+ ideas for your little earthling.
Dog Names: How to Name Your Pup
Tue Nov 09 2021

Dog Names: How to Name Your Pup

Naming a dog has a lot in common with naming a baby, as you'll see in this wonderful blog by professor and book author Mikita Brottman.
My Name, My Story: Zara
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.
Authors Get to Name Everyone!
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.
Real Romani Baby Names Make History
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.
When British Names Stand Out
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.
Vintage British Nicknames
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.