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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Mon Sep 30 2019
What Did You Name Your Car?
For National Name Your Car Day, Sophie Kihm shares her auto-biography.
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.
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!
Sun Apr 14 2019
Pet Names: Bye-bye Bella!
Cool replacements for the Top 100 girl dog names.
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.
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.
Wed Nov 28 2018
Baby Names in the News: Agnes and Angus
Baby name news this week, from vintage to badass.
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 […]
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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), […]
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.