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.

Ancient Roman Names For Modern Babies
Mon Apr 15 2024

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.
How to Choose Your Baby's Godparents
Fri Feb 09 2024

How to Choose Your Baby's Godparents

How to choose your baby's godparents? Here are the ins and out of making the best choice of godparents for your child.
Why You Might Need a Baby Name Backup Plan (or Four)
Sun Jan 28 2024

Why You Might Need a Baby Name Backup Plan (or Four)

Overthinking baby names, obsessing over popularity, changing plans at the last minute...some things haven't changed in 40 years! Guest author Mary McKay recalls the challenges and plot twists of naming her children in the 1980s.
In Defense of Emma and Ethan: Ten Good Reasons to use a Common Name
Thu Jan 25 2024

In Defense of Emma and Ethan: Ten Good Reasons to use a Common Name

In case you've dismissed a name because it was super popular, this convincing argument by Appellation Mountain's Abby Sandel might change your mind.
Choctaw Names Tell Stories
Sat Nov 11 2023

Choctaw Names Tell Stories

Guest blogger Angel Thomas, aka Dantea, shares names from the Choctaw side of her heritage.
Cherokee Names Are All-American
Fri Nov 03 2023

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.
I Named My Son Liam Before It Got Popular
Wed Oct 25 2023

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.
Do You *Really* Know What These Names Mean?
Wed Oct 04 2023

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.
Hello, Cutie! Rare Vintage Girl Names Ending in -ie
Sun Aug 13 2023

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 nowadays.
Nickname Spotlight: Getting to Gus
Fri Aug 04 2023

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 Finegas.
Judeo-Italian Names Honor History
Tue Jul 25 2023

Judeo-Italian Names Honor History

Italian Jewish names, from the now-endangered Judeo-Italian language, are a rich set combining various cultural influences. We take a tour of the names once popular in the Italian Jewish community.
Black American Baby Name Trends
Sun Jul 16 2023

Black American Baby Name Trends

Guest author Summer Richardson shares insight into baby name trends among Black Americans today.
Baltic and Slavic Mythology Names
Fri Jun 09 2023

Baltic and Slavic Mythology Names

Greek and Norse mythology names are trendy and familiar, but what do you know about names from Slavic and Baltic mythology? Guest blogger Naomi Kaye Honova shares 40+ legendary names with Pagan roots.
My Name, My Story: Zara
Tue May 23 2023

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.
Buddhist Names for a Peaceful Child
Wed May 10 2023

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.
Dog Names: How to Name Your Pup
Wed Feb 08 2023

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.
The Many Names of David Bowie
Thu Jan 19 2023

The Many Names of David Bowie

Names of the Master of Reinvention; from David to Bowie to Ziggy to Mars!
Pregnancy Lingo You Should Know: TTC to FTM
Thu Dec 15 2022

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!
Test-Driving Your Baby Name
Sat Nov 26 2022

Test-Driving Your Baby Name

Here are five ways to test out how a name will work in real life.
Will it be a Boy or a Girl?: Gender-predicting Old Wives Tales
Fri Nov 18 2022

Will it be a Boy or a Girl?: Gender-predicting Old Wives Tales

Here are some far-from-scientific ways to predict the gender of your baby; old wives' tales collected by our partners over at parents.com
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.
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.