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News on Naming Characters, Pets, and Other Non-Babies

News on the top pet names, how authors name their characters, and why adults may look to find new names for themselves.

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.
Top Dog Names 2020 Announced!
Sat Aug 14 2021

Top Dog Names 2020 Announced!

The Top Dog names of 2020 have been revealed! Bella and Max take the lead once again — we dive into the statistics, trends, and more.
Bridgerton Names: Fantasy or historic reality?
Sat Jan 09 2021

Bridgerton Names: Fantasy or historic reality?

Bridgerton names are part of the Netflix series’ enthralling fantasy, but may not represent real early 19th century naming practices.
Pets Look Like Their Names
Tue Sep 22 2020

Pets Look Like Their Names

According to recent data, most people match pet names to personality or looks. We have names for dogs and cats of all sizes, colors, and personalities.
Character Names Create Great Stories
Tue Sep 08 2020

Character Names Create Great Stories

I may be the world’s only novelist who’s also a name expert, which makes it doubly ironic that I was compelled to change my own character names. But when Darren Star, creator of Sex & the City, made a television show based on my novel Younger, he changed the name of my heroine Alice to […]
Little Women Sets New Name Trends
Thu Dec 26 2019

Little Women Sets New Name Trends

The new Little Women movie is sure to set lots of style trends, including one for names from its Civil War era, particularly Jo and Louisa.
2019’s Top Dog Names Revealed
Sun Dec 08 2019

2019’s Top Dog Names Revealed

Rover has reported on the top pet names of 2019, and Bella and Max lead the pack once again! All of the top names for dogs of both genders are human names this year. Such popular baby names as Lily and Milo have joined the Top 10 for dogs, while popular dog names such as […]
What Did You Name Your Car?
Mon Sep 30 2019

What Did You Name Your Car?

For National Name Your Car Day, Sophie Kihm shares her auto-biography.
23 Cool New TV Girl Names: Prairie and Peach
Tue Jun 11 2019

23 Cool New TV Girl Names: Prairie and Peach

Some really interesting and unusual names found on girl TV characters this year.
Dog Names: Don’t Name Your Dog Duke!
Mon Apr 15 2019

Dog Names: Don’t Name Your Dog Duke!

100 cooler substitutes for the most popular male dog names. Benno for Benji!
Pet Names: Bye-bye Bella!
Sun Apr 14 2019

Pet Names: Bye-bye Bella!

Cool replacements for the Top 100 girl dog names.
Cool Character Names: 44 Great Girl Names from Novels
Thu Mar 28 2019

Cool Character Names: 44 Great Girl Names from Novels

Great baby name inspiration for girls can be found in 21st century novels.
Mon Mar 25 2019

Lunar Names: Jupiter Moon Naming Contest!

Make scientific history by enter this contest to name the newly-discovered moons of Jupiter.
Nickname Names: Birdie, Bobby and Bobby
Wed Jan 23 2019

Nickname Names: Birdie, Bobby and Bobby

Nickname names in the news this week, plus animal names and the shift in name popularity.
Baby Names in the  News: Agnes and Angus
Wed Nov 28 2018

Baby Names in the News: Agnes and Angus

Baby name news this week, from vintage to badass.
Pet, Celeb and Other Baby Name News of the Week
Thu Nov 22 2018

Pet, Celeb and Other Baby Name News of the Week

By Clare Green This week’s news includes family traditions, sticky dilemmas, an alphabet of winter storm names, and boy names you may never have heard before. Family tree names: Union and Linton In the hunt for name ideas, you might have turned to your family tree. Three sets of parents in the news this week […]
The Ultimate Guide To Game Of Thrones Names
Thu Aug 09 2018

The Ultimate Guide To Game Of Thrones Names

Game of Thrones names have become standard for modern babies, with Arya, Khaleesi, and even Snow used as names for girls and boys.
Name News: Awesome announcements from Aspen to Xenia
Wed Aug 08 2018

Name News: Awesome announcements from Aspen to Xenia

This week’s name news is chockfull of colorful choices and interesting issues.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever named?
Tue Feb 27 2018

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever named?

Question of the Week is what’s the weirdest thing you’ve named?
Book Character Names: Peeking into the process
Fri Feb 02 2018

Book Character Names: Peeking into the process

A fascinating look into the creative process behind the names in the already-acclaimed debut novel “Self-Portrait with Boy” by Rachel Lyon
2017 Baby Names: Name pockets, pet names and more
Wed Dec 13 2017

2017 Baby Names: Name pockets, pet names and more

The latest baby name news from celebrities, Ireland, Spain and the world of dogs.
Sagittarius Baby Names: 11 amazing archery names
Tue Nov 21 2017

Sagittarius Baby Names: 11 amazing archery names

For your baby born under the sign of Sagittarius, how about one of the cool names related to its symbol, the archer?
Mon Nov 20 2017

Lego Baby Names: Axl to Zane

From out of the toy box and off the movie screen come lots of usable Lego-related names.
Marvel Universe Movie Names: How influential are they?
Thu Nov 09 2017

Marvel Universe Movie Names: How influential are they?

By Joe Satran Updated with names from Black Panther on March 5. At the movie theater, we’re living in the Age of Marvel. It only took Black Panther three weeks to hit $500 million at the U.S. box office — faster than almost any other movie in history. Thor: Ragnarok, the previous entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), […]
Harry Potter Baby Names: Clever connections
Tue Oct 17 2017

Harry Potter Baby Names: Clever connections

J. K. Rowling is back with two new Harry Potter projects–the perfect time to look to her clever inventions of character names.