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News on Name Spellings, Sounds and Initials

Baby names that start or end with specific letters and sounds or that contain special sounds and rhythms are the focus of this news category. We examine which letters and sounds are attracting new interest, which are becoming more popular, and which are fading away.

U Names for Babies Are the Most Unique
Tue Aug 31 2021

U Names for Babies Are the Most Unique

U-names for babies are an exclusive group, but look carefully and you'll find some undiscovered treasures.
Most Popular Baby Names, A to Z
Thu May 27 2021

Most Popular Baby Names, A to Z

We break down the top names for each letter of the alphabet in the USA and on Nameberry. Sure, Olivia and Oliver rule the O names, but who is top for Y?
Initial Names: From AJ to Zee
Tue May 04 2021

Initial Names: From AJ to Zee

Names made from initials are fun, informal nicknames, but they can go straight onto the birth certificate too. Find out which initial names parents are using, plus fun hidden-initial names like Casey and Evie.
Short Names: the Ultimate Guide
Thu Apr 29 2021

Short Names: the Ultimate Guide

Short names pack a lot of punch into just a few letters. Here are nine different styles of mini-name to consider, whether you're more into John, June or Jax.
Compound Names for Girls: The Next Generation
Mon Mar 15 2021

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.
Backwards Names Have Hidden Meaning
Sat Jan 30 2021

Backwards Names Have Hidden Meaning

Backwards names are creative and playful, and they’re also genuine baby names. Would you consider using them for siblings, as an honor name, or just for fun?
Long Baby Names: The Ultimate Guide
Mon Sep 28 2020

Long Baby Names: The Ultimate Guide

Long baby names are the perfect match for shorter surnames, and come packed with nickname potential. See our favorite elaborate picks for boys and girls!
100 Best Boy Names Ending in a Vowel
Sun Sep 20 2020

100 Best Boy Names Ending in a Vowel

Boy names ending in a vowel feel fresh and cool in an era dominated by N-ending names for boys. Check out our 100 top picks and browse our full lists here!
Em Baby Names Still Surprise!
Thu Aug 06 2020

Em Baby Names Still Surprise!

Em baby names don't have to stop at Emma, Emily and Emmett! We've gathered 50+ uncommon and unique Em names for both sexes, which still have the wow factor.
Two Syllable Names Reign Supreme
Fri Jul 24 2020

Two Syllable Names Reign Supreme

Two syllable names are a huge, rich group of baby names. Two syllables is the most common name length in the USA, and encompass every style you can imagine, from vintage classics to unique modern names, cute nicknames to cool cowboys and girls. You might be specifically looking for a two syllable name to fit […]
Four Syllable Baby Names Hot Right Now
Tue Jun 23 2020

Four Syllable Baby Names Hot Right Now

Four syllable baby names are very versatile and perfect for shorter surnames. Check out our picks for 80 of the coolest four syllable names right now!
Cool Baby Names: The -Er Names
Wed May 13 2020

Cool Baby Names: The -Er Names

Many of the coolest names today, especially for boys, end in -er, a sound that’s shared by biblical names (Asher), nature names (Winter), occupational names (Booker), bad boy names (Breaker), and even names that don’t technically end in -er, such as Oscar. Here are dozens of cool er-ending choices.
Awesome V Names for Boys
Thu Nov 14 2019

Awesome V Names for Boys

A variety of vivid V names for boys, from Valentino to Viggo.
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 […]
Best Boy Names Starting with C
Mon Oct 07 2019

Best Boy Names Starting with C

There are so many boy names starting with C! Here we break down the best of the best.
Unique F Names for Girl Names
Tue Sep 24 2019

Unique F Names for Girl Names

Some unusual girl names beginning with F, from Flavia to Florrie to Fleur.
Gorgeous Girl Names Starting with E
Mon Sep 16 2019

Gorgeous Girl Names Starting with E

A cornucopia of E names for girls that go way beyond Emily and Emma.
Leo Baby Names: Cool names in the leonine loop
Thu Jul 18 2019

Leo Baby Names: Cool names in the leonine loop

Lots of names in the Leo family for girls and boys, inside and out of the Top 1000.
85 Luscious L Names for Girls
Sun Jun 16 2019

85 Luscious L Names for Girls

L is one of the most appealing initials for girls’ names and here are 80+ names to prove it!
Wed May 15 2019

Lost Baby Names: Now Back on Track

Names now on the SSA popularity list after a very long hiatus, from Dot to Atlantis.
Tue Mar 26 2019

Boy Names: Some Popular Name Cliques

Looking at how trendy boy names come in clusters.
Unique Baby Names:  GAL and Guy Names
Tue Mar 12 2019

Unique Baby Names: GAL and Guy Names

Some unusual and unique baby names starting with Gal, for girls and boys.
Popular Girl Names: Lost in the La-Crowd
Tue Feb 19 2019

Popular Girl Names: Lost in the La-Crowd

Is Lyla too much like other La-la names? See what the Name Sage thinks!
12 Zingy Z Names for Boys
Mon Jan 14 2019

12 Zingy Z Names for Boys

By Clare Green Looking for an offbeat boy name with lots of energy? These Z names for boys could be for you. Z is uncommon at the start of words in English, so baby names beginning with Z tend to sound a bit exotic. They also feel full of life, probably because they remind us […]
15 Exceptional E Names for Boys
Mon Dec 17 2018

15 Exceptional E Names for Boys

For the parent seeking an E name for their son, here are 15 excellent examples, ranging from those with some degree of popularity to a few unexplored possibilities.