Baby Name Advice

Advice on choosing baby names is the focus of these news stories and features, which include advice on choosing middle names and family names, on finding the right baby names, and on navigating name disputes.

Ten Secrets to Loving Your Child's Name
Fri Apr 12 2024

Ten Secrets to Loving Your Child's Name

Ten secrets to choosing a name you love — and what happens after you've completed your child's birth certificate.
20 Questions Every Baby Namer Should Ask
Sat Mar 09 2024

20 Questions Every Baby Namer Should Ask

With ever-increasing baby name options, you need a way to narrow the search — fast. Answer these 20 questions every baby namer should ask to find a description of your perfect name in five minutes or less.
The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup
Wed Feb 07 2024

The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup

Baby name struggle? You're not alone. A lighthearted take on how to break up with those on-off name loves in style!
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.
How Not to Choose the Next Big Baby Name
Sat Dec 09 2023

How Not to Choose the Next Big Baby Name

How do you avoid choosing the top baby name of the future? Crystal balls at the ready! Here are our five top tips for predicting the future popularity of your favorite names.
How to Have More Fun Naming Your Baby
Sun Nov 26 2023

How to Have More Fun Naming Your Baby

Sure, baby naming is fun in the abstract, but when it becomes real, some parents-to-be are left stressed and overwhelmed. How can you make the process enjoyable again? We have seven tips for how to have more fun naming your baby.
It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name
Mon Nov 20 2023

It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name

Considering changing your baby's name? Baby name regret is not as uncommon as you think. We talk to parents who made a change — and some who ultimately chose not to — about their experiences.
Family Names Are Getting More Adventurous
Thu Nov 16 2023

Family Names Are Getting More Adventurous

Thanksgiving means family and family names. Here's our ultimate guide to choosing the newest, most creative names with family meaning.
How to Pick the Perfect Multilingual Name
Sun Nov 05 2023

How to Pick the Perfect Multilingual Name

Finding a name that works across languages AND which you love can be a challenge — and an opportunity to tie cultures together. Read our top tips for getting the balance right.
How to Cope With Baby Name Regret
Thu Oct 26 2023

How to Cope With Baby Name Regret

Baby name regret — also known as baby name remorse — is a common source of shame among new parents. Here, we walk you through the necessary steps for coping with baby name regret.
Unique Twin Names to Inspire
Sat Oct 21 2023

Unique Twin Names to Inspire

Unique twin names can be a challenge to find, but also great fun! Here are some uncommon twin name pairings with subtle connections to inspire you.
Rainbow Baby Names Honor and Comfort
Sun Oct 15 2023

Rainbow Baby Names Honor and Comfort

Rainbow baby names can be a way to remember the past and look to the future. Be inspired by names meaning comfort and hope, storms and rainbows, and other ways to honor memories in a name.
5 Easy Ways to Judge a Baby Name
Sat Aug 05 2023

5 Easy Ways to Judge a Baby Name

Back to basics for Nameberry's five essential rules for rating a baby name.
How to Change Your Baby’s Name
Wed Feb 01 2023

How to Change Your Baby’s Name

So you've already put a name on the birth certificate, but now you're feeling baby name regret. Can you change your baby's name? Of course you can! Follow our step-by-step guide to changing a baby name, from navigating the legal process to coping with the emotions of a name change.
Name Change Resources
Tue Jan 31 2023

Name Change Resources

Whether you want to change your own name or your child's, our guide to name change resources will take you to the necessary paperwork and requirements for your state or country.
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.
How Not To Name The Baby: Top 10 Baby-Naming Don’ts
Thu Oct 20 2022

How Not To Name The Baby: Top 10 Baby-Naming Don’ts

Beware of these common mistakes many baby-namers make.
9 Timeless Rules for Naming Your Baby
Fri Aug 26 2022

9 Timeless Rules for Naming Your Baby

You may not be using your mother's baby names, but some baby-naming rules make as much sense now as they did when Jennifer and Jason were newborns.
Baby Name DNA: Name Generator of the Future
Thu Jul 21 2022

Baby Name DNA: Name Generator of the Future

Baby Name DNA is a revolutionary name generator designed to analyze your name style and match you with the perfect names.
Updating Popular 1950s Names
Fri Apr 01 2022

Updating Popular 1950s Names

If you’re looking for ways to update popular 1950s names for a modern baby, the good news is that there is plenty of scope for creativity! You might choose a fresher version of the name or look to meaning or key sounds to find clever ways to reinvent important honor names.
Should I Change My Toddler's Name?
Wed Jan 19 2022

Should I Change My Toddler's Name?

Kelsey's daughter Rylee coincidentally shares a first and last name with a distant cousin, one year older, who happens to live in the same small town. Should she change Rylee's name to Remi, the runner-up? She might prefer Remi anyway... The Name Guru weighs in.
The Best Baby Name Advice
Mon Dec 13 2021

The Best Baby Name Advice

The best baby name advice from our readers, including how to choose a name with your partner, looking for a name with meaning, and following your heart.
Can I Name My Child After Myself?
Mon Dec 06 2021

Can I Name My Child After Myself?

Mom's name is Rebecca — can she have a son named Beckett? Or is it arrogant to name a child after herself? The Name Guru weighs in on the situation.
Name Sage: Honoring Grandma Elaine
Wed Dec 01 2021

Name Sage: Honoring Grandma Elaine

There's no question that this baby's name should honor grandma Elaine. But what's the best way to transform this elegant, feminine favorite into a choice for a grandson? The Name Sage has the answers.
Ask the Name Guru: Can I Use an Honor Name Without the Honor?
Tue Oct 19 2021

Ask the Name Guru: Can I Use an Honor Name Without the Honor?

Erin and Michael's favorite name for their baby girl is Nora — coincidentally connected to a grandmother that doesn't make the honoree shortlist. Can they use the name Nora without an association with Grandma? The Name Guru shares her take.