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

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
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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
The Name Luna
Will Luna Become Dated?
Dear Jennifer, I’m a soon-to-be first time mom and this whole name thing is overwhelming. My name was rather unique growing up and I’d like to keep with that tradition for my daughter. And I really want to avoid a name that when heard in 20 years screams ‘2016.’ In that light, my partner and I really like the name Luna but from what I can tell it seems that it is becoming quite popular. More
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Baby Name Gender Crossover
Dear Jennifer, I’ve noticed that it’s okay for names to crossover from boys to girls, but not vice versa. Why do you think that is? Thanks,
Tracey, Dear Tracey, I’m not a gender or sociology expert by any means, but I can give my observations from a historical perspective. More
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Teachers Reveal Funniest Student Names
My sister is a long time elementary school teacher. She asked her Facebook group of teachers about the most unique student names they’ve encountered throughout the year. Here are the results: BamBam Beauty Im’Unique Tequila Rebel Messiah Abcde (pronounced AB-si-dee)* Sir Highness Christ (female) Elvis (female) Graiggeree (pr. More