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We regularly feature guest writers who are experts on various aspects of baby names, name history, and name usage around the globe.

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.
Do You *Really* Know What These Names Mean?
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.
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.
Cool, Unique Saints’ Names Have Faith and Form
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.
Spiritual Baby Names: Buddhism-Inspired Choices for the Peaceful Child
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.
Names Inspired by Tarot Cards
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.
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.
French Boys’ Names: From the Top 100 in France
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.
10 Great Girl Names from the French Top 100
Mon Apr 24 2017

10 Great Girl Names from the French Top 100

10 great names from the French popularity lists.
What Will  Be the Next Liam…and Sophia?
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?
International Baby Names: Boston Marathon winners
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.
Pregnancy Tips: Organizing your home pre-baby
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.
Inventive Baby Names for your Tech-Savvy Tot
Thu Apr 13 2017

Inventive Baby Names for your Tech-Savvy Tot

Inventive inventor and other tech-savvy baby names.
Lion King Baby Names: Simba, Nala, Timon
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.
What Will the Next Zuckerbaby be Named?
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.
12 Great Shakespeare Names: Ophelia, Orlando, Oberon
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.
Starbaby Report for March: Azalea, Lyric and two Judes
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.
When Name Nerds Name Pets
Sun Apr 02 2017

When Name Nerds Name Pets

How does a name-obsessed nerd go about naming a pet?
Pregnancy Lingo You Should Know: TTC to FTM
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!
Poshest Names in Britain, Part 2: Crunching the Numbers
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.
The 100 Poshest Names in Britain
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.
Baby Name Namesakes: Harriet Beecher Stowe in the UK
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.
Naming Rules from a 6-year-old Name Nerd
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?