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.

The Top Baby Names A-Z
Tue May 14 2024

The Top Baby Names A-Z

Find out the top names for each letter of the alphabet in the USA and on Nameberry. Sure, Olivia and Oliver rule the O names, but do you know who is top for Y?
Four Syllable Baby Names Hot Right Now
Thu May 09 2024

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!
Initial Names: From AJ to Zee
Sat May 04 2024

Initial Names: From AJ to Zee

Names made from initials like AJ, Gigi, and even Casey are fun, informal nicknames, and they can go straight onto the birth certificate too. Find out which initial names are most popular!
Unique Names That Start With Em
Sun Apr 28 2024

Unique Names That Start With Em

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 stand out while fitting in with this most fashionable of name sounds.
O Boy! The Best Boy Names Ending in O
Thu Apr 18 2024

O Boy! The Best Boy Names Ending in O

Boy names ending in O have include plenty of cool options in every style, from Arlo to Zeno.
Long Baby Names: The Ultimate Guide
Mon Apr 08 2024

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 long names for boys and girls!
Short Names: the Ultimate Guide
Sun Apr 07 2024

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.
Baby Names As You've Never Seen Them Before
Fri Mar 22 2024

Baby Names As You've Never Seen Them Before

Name data is beautiful! From around the internet, here are some of our favorite graphics, maps and animations showing baby name trends over the years.
Backwards Names Have Hidden Meaning
Fri Jan 12 2024

Backwards Names Have Hidden Meaning

Names spelled backwards — or which read the same both ways — 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?
Top Baby Names by Letter Through the Ages
Mon Jan 08 2024

Top Baby Names by Letter Through the Ages

Let's take a look at the most popular names for each letter across the past four generations: from the great-grandparents of babies born today to the names filling kindergarten rosters in 2024 and beyond.
Aiden Names: the Rise And Fall of a Mega-Trend
Sat Nov 25 2023

Aiden Names: the Rise And Fall of a Mega-Trend

A deep dive into the explosion of names rhyming with Aidan in the 21st century.
Boy Names: Some Popular Name Cliques
Fri Nov 17 2023

Boy Names: Some Popular Name Cliques

Trendy boy names come in clusters, so if you want to avoid a name that *feels* popular, here are some key groups to watch out for!
Cherokee Names Are All-American
Fri Nov 03 2023

Cherokee Names Are All-American

Drawing from her own background, Angel Thomas looks at the naming practices, and the names themselves, of the Cherokee culture.
100+ Best Boy Names Ending in a Vowel
Mon Aug 28 2023

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!
Compound Names for Girls: The Next Generation
Mon Jul 17 2023

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.
Cool Names That End in Er
Tue Jul 11 2023

Cool Names That End in Er

Names that end in er are one of the coolest crowds in the playground right now. Here is a roundup of our favorite energetic baby names ending in er, from traditional choices to edgy and unique er names for boys and girls.
Two Syllable Names Reign Supreme
Sun May 28 2023

Two Syllable Names Reign Supreme

Two syllables is the most common name length in the USA, so these names cover every style you can imagine, from vintage classics to unique creations, cute nicknames to cool cowboys and girls.
Best J Names for Girls
Sat Oct 29 2022

Best J Names for Girls

Girl names that start with J are less common than you might expect: there are only two in the Top 100 baby names. Read our recommendations for the best J names, from classics like Josephine and Joy, to modern favorites like Journey.
Best A Names for Girls
Sat Sep 17 2022

Best A Names for Girls

Here are Nameberry's top choices for the best girl names starting with the letter A, from Ada to Azalea.
Best H Names for Girls
Wed Aug 31 2022

Best H Names for Girls

H names for girls are heavenly choices, whether homespun or hot off the presses. These are our nominees for the best girl names that start with H.
Best C Names for Boys
Mon Aug 01 2022

Best C Names for Boys

There are so many boy names starting with C! Here we break down the best of the best.
Best Z Names for Boys
Tue Jul 19 2022

Best Z Names for Boys

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 stand out.
Best Z Names for Girls
Mon Jul 18 2022

Best Z Names for Girls

Girl names starting with the letter Z are rare and exotic, from Zadie to Zuzu, Zinnia to Zahara.
Best T Names for Girls
Sun Jul 17 2022

Best T Names for Girls

There are certain letters that have gotten short shrift, and for girls one of them is the letter T. Which is a shame because there are so many rarely used treasures, and here we have 13 of them, from Tamsin to Tulia, Tilly to Theodora; names that might fit your baby girl to a T.
Best S Names for Girls
Sat Jul 16 2022

Best S Names for Girls

Move over Sophia — here are 15 stunning girl names starting with S, from Sabine to Sylvie.