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Baby name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder & CEO of BabyNames.com

Name Anderson for a Girl
Andersen for a Girl?

Hi Jennifer, I’ve read your Q&A for years even though this is my first time expecting. We won’t find out what we’re having before the birth so we’ll have to come up with options for each sex and decide on the day! More
Themis
What does my name -Themis- mean?
Hi Jennifer, I couldn’t find my name on your list, Themis, I am looking into the meaning and origins of it. Is there an alternate spelling to it? Sincerely, Themis Pierquet Flores Dear Themis, What a beautiful name! I bet you didn’t know this, but you’ve probably seen the “original Themis” all over the place. More
Owen Wilson, actor
Same Name As Celebrity?
Hi Jennifer, Our last name is Wilson and we found out we’re having a boy. My husband and I both love the name Owen, but are afraid our son will be teased since Owen Wilson is a famous actor. What do you think? More
bb
What does Malthace mean?
Hi Jennifer! There’s a character in a book I read in school as a kid (The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare) named Malthace, which I’ve always thought was a very interesting name. The book is set in biblical times, specifically during Jesus’ life, and the character is a young Jewish girl. More
Archer
Does this name sound like a cartoon?
Hi Jennifer, For most of his life my husband has wanted to name a child Jack after his grandfather. However, I’ve rejected it because a) it’s incredible popularity for kids right now and the ubiquity in popular culture is annoying to me and b) there are several Jacks in his family currently living with the same last name. More
holly
Is this Baby Name sound like a Doll?
Hi Jennifer, Long time fan, here! I’ve enjoyed reading your column for years! My husband and I are getting ready to expand our family, and so we are starting to consider names for our future little one. So far, some names I like for a girl have the same vowel sounds as our last name. More