Guest Name Experts

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.

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.
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.
Compound Names for Girls: The Next Generation
Mon Jul 17 2023

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.
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.
Norse Mythology Names: Thor, Odin, Freya & Co.
Thu May 11 2023

Norse Mythology Names: Thor, Odin, Freya & Co.

Presenting a pantheon of powerful Thor-inspired names of Norse gods and goddesses, from Freya to Gunnar, Magnus to Odin.
Catalan Names: Europe's Secret Gems
Tue Mar 28 2023

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.