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names with bad meanings
November 23rd, 2020

Good Names with Bad, Bad Meanings

By Emma Waterhouse

Good names with bad meanings exist, and you might be surprised to discover some of the most popular names of all time among them. So does meaning matter?

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August 23rd, 2020

Pronouncing “Difficult” Names (and Why It Matters)

By Emma Waterhouse

Name pronunciation (and mispronunciation) is a hot topic right now. We look at the context behind “difficult” names and why proper pronunciation matters.

illegal baby names
July 7th, 2020

Illegal Baby Names Banned Around the World

By Sophie Kihm

These illegal baby names are so outrageous, they wound up in court.

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May 11th, 2020

It’s Okay to Change Your Baby’s Name

By Emma Waterhouse

Baby name regret causes a lot of guilt and anxiety, but let’s break the stigma! Check out these positive stories of baby name changes that really worked.

naming a last baby
February 21st, 2020

How to Name a Last Baby

By Emma Waterhouse

Naming a last baby can be a struggle. Honor name, or longtime love? A third B name, or break the pattern? Here are our top tips for naming a final child.

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February 10th, 2020

The Art of the (Baby Name) Breakup

By Laura Dunphy

Baby name struggle? You’re not alone. Top tips from our resident baby name relationship counselor on how to break up with those on-off name loves in style!

Divisive Baby Names
December 2nd, 2019

Study Ranks Most Controversial Names

By Sophie Kihm

A British parenting website has determined the UK’s Top 10 most divisive names for girls and boys. Chloe tops the charts on the girls’ side, with parents arguing over whether it is “sophisticated and upmarket” or “downmarket and Essex.” Jaxon and spelling variation Jaxxon were most controversial for boys. Parents in favor claim the name is “sharp and contemporary,” while critics assert it’s “not spelled properly.”

November 25th, 2019

Banned Baby Names: Iceland Rejects Lucifer

By Emma Waterhouse

Add Lucifer to the long list of banned baby names in Iceland. According to a report from Iceland Monitor, the controversial choice was recently rejected by the Icelandic Naming Committee after parents tried to give it to their newborn son.

November 25th, 2019

Are These Stars Guilty of Namenapping?

By Sophie Kihm

Last month, Lauren Conrad named her son Charlie Wolf—the same name as Zooey Deschanel’s son born two years earlier. There are no hard feelings between the two, with Deschanel telling US Weekly, “That was so weird, right? I don’t think she knew it.” Conrad, in her statement to the magazine, said, “It sounds like I’m […]

November 5th, 2019

Baby Name Compromise: When he hates her favorite

By Abby Sandel

She loves Pearl, he advocates for Cilla–what compromise names can the Name Sage suggest?