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Nameberry hosts a wide range of guest writers covering baby names, including other name experts, well-known authors, and parents sharing their personal baby names stories.

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.
Compound Names for Girls: The Next Generation
Tue Jul 05 2022

Compound Names for Girls: The Next Generation

Time to take a fresh look at compound names for girls! Goodbye Maryann, today's unique smoosh names are inspired by nature, literature, pop culture and more.
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.
Catalan Names: Europe's Secret Gems
Sat Mar 05 2022

Catalan Names: Europe's Secret Gems

Catalonia, in north-east Spain, has its own distinct language, culture... and names! Guest author Emily McBride reports on what's trending in the nurseries of Barcelona, and finds more Catalan names you might fall in love with.
Lawyer Names
Thu Feb 03 2022

Lawyer Names

If you want your baby to grow up to be an attorney, give him one of these names, says a new study.
Pen Names and How They Can Kill You
Mon Jan 24 2022

Pen Names and How They Can Kill You

As I start sending out my novel to literary agents, I’m frustrated by having to submit an author name. I have been through so many iterations of my name that I hardly know who I am anymore.
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.
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.
A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha
Sat Feb 06 2021

A Brief History of Black Names, From Perlie to Latasha

Scholars have long considered distinctively Black names to be a product of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, but recent research shows that Black names have been around for centuries.
New Girl Names: 11 Fresh Choices
Mon Oct 12 2020

New Girl Names: 11 Fresh Choices

Baby girl names new to the Nameberry database that may appeal to parents in search of a unique choice.
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.
Babies Named Corona Are No Joke
Sat Mar 28 2020

Babies Named Corona Are No Joke

Babies named Corona may seem far-fetched in the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, but there’s a long history of disaster-inspired baby names.
YOU CAN DO WHT EVR YOU WNT! 
Tue Nov 12 2019

YOU CAN DO WHT EVR YOU WNT! 

By Laura Dunphy It started with a search for a carry-on bag in a boutique where totes and suitcases and travel pouches perched on exquisitely-lit museum pedestals. I picked up a rectangular prism of perfect proportions and inhaled the musk of its crisp leather accents when a saleswoman appeared at my shoulder.  “Let me know […]
Names for November Babies
Thu Oct 31 2019

Names for November Babies

Lots of name inspiration for a November baby, including such notable namesakes as Lincoln and Darwin.
New Top British Baby Names
Thu Aug 29 2019

New Top British Baby Names

Hot news! The latest British popularity figures are here! Olivia and Oliver are still #1, but there are also lots of surprises!
Notable Namesake Names of July
Thu Jun 27 2019

Notable Namesake Names of July

First ladies, astronauts, writers and inventors all make notable namesakes for a July babe.
2018 Most Popular Names: The Playground Analysis
Tue May 14 2019

2018 Most Popular Names: The Playground Analysis

Kelli Brady’s highly anticipated annual analysis of the real baby name popularity of 2018–aka her Playground Analysis.
Welsh Names: Happy St. David’s Day!
Thu Feb 28 2019

Welsh Names: Happy St. David’s Day!

Welsh nature names honor St. David's Day, the Welsh national holiday.
Notable Names for December Babies: Winter, Holly and Bodhi
Mon Dec 31 2018

Notable Names for December Babies: Winter, Holly and Bodhi

Names of baby-worthy heroes, heroines and events tied to the chilly month of December.
Creation Stories Names Beyond Adam and Eve
Tue Dec 25 2018

Creation Stories Names Beyond Adam and Eve

Intriguingly exotic names from the creation myths of various cultures.
Celebrity Baby Names: Thoughts on naming Hanson baby #6
Mon Nov 19 2018

Celebrity Baby Names: Thoughts on naming Hanson baby #6

The sixth little Hanson is on its way and mom Natalie shares her thoughts this time around.
Naming (Other People’s) Babies
Tue Oct 30 2018

Naming (Other People’s) Babies

A humorous take on one writer’s do’s and don’ts of baby naming.
Our 10th Anniversary: Bravo for the Berries!
Mon Oct 15 2018

Our 10th Anniversary: Bravo for the Berries!

Our tenth-anniversary thank you to the Berries who contribute so much includes ten of our favorite user-created lists, forum topics and guest blogs.
We Have a New Baby…Now What?
Tue Sep 18 2018

We Have a New Baby…Now What?

By Gay Cioffi, Little Folks, Big Questions  Most pregnancies allow for many months of getting used to the idea of a family addition, not just for the parents, but for the sibling. Optimally, parents have shared the news of an impending arrival in a way that gives a young child information in language that he […]