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Author Name: Claribel

Hi Jennifer,

I just found out that I am expecting and my first reaction was to check out your website. I have a whole collection of names that I have saved in the back of my diaries and I am super excited to finally be able name someone other then my puppies and the characters I develop in my short stories. Over the years I have found your website very helpful compiling this list. Thanks for your hard work and dedication.

I have a quick questions: have you ever heard of the name Claribel? My favourite Latin American writer is Claribel Alegria. I noticed it is not in your database. What are your thoughts on this name?

Elizabeth A., Belize

Dear Elizabeth,

Claribel is an alternate spelling of the name Clarabelle, a combination of the names Clara (Illustrious) and Belle (Beautiful).

You are very welcome for my hard work and dedication! I love names and love that you are using the site for your pets and fictional characters.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Allelujah

Hi Jennifer,

My husband and I are expecting our second child early this November.
We love uncommon Biblical names that represent our deep faith, that don’t sound too weird.
Our first child we named Selah, she is both strong like a rock, but also musical and meditative like in the Psalms.

For this child we adore the name Calvary if it’s a boy (Cal for short), but have had a difficult time finding a girl name were are as fond of. As an illustrator I am very used to doing loads of research, but most names, while I still like them, I don’t love them as much as I thought I would. Right now we are considering Alleluia (Lulu, Luya, or Ally for short). I’ve noticed neither of these names are in your data base… Am I freaking out for nothing or are these just too weird?

Gratefully yours,
Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,

I don’t consider “Allelujah” or “Alleluia” a Biblical name, as it is an exclamation meaning “praise God.” I understand there are other names that have the same meaning, although this is particularly religious and rare as a given name. I, personally, would not recommend it although I am not a religious person. I see it as being teasable. Every time she encountered someone would they yell “Allelujah!?” That would get old fast.

Calvary is a place name and less likely to be associated with Christianity, although it was the site on which Christ was crucified. It’s also the name of many churches in the U.S. I wouldn’t be as opposed to using this name as much as Alleluia. I say keep brain storming!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

What Lies Within

Hi Jennifer!

I saw the name Janalyn on another website with unique baby names. I think that it’s a very pretty name, but do you think that it is too trendy?

Thanks, Kyleigh

Dear Kyleigh,

Yes, it sounds like a pretty name, and is definitely a combination of the names Jana and Lyn. However, be careful with words that lie within a name!  It may lead to teasing.

Therefore, I would not recommend using this name.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Grandfather’s Nordic Name

Dear Jennifer,

We gave our eldest son the middle name ANUND (pronounced On-nund).  It was the middle name of my paternal grandfather.  My maiden name/his surname was HYNE.  I grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin (Fox Lake), he grew up just down the road in Beaver Dam, WI.  It is my understanding that he was “100%” Norwegian.  I have never been able to find anything on the meaning of this name and no one that we’ve ever told it to has ever heard it previously with the exception of my immediate family.  Thanks in advance for your time.

Sincerely,

Jill P.

Dear Jill,

Anund is most likely a variation of the Nordic name Amund, which is derived from the old Norse name Agmundr. Literally, Agmundr translates to “Sword” and “Protection” or “Protected by the Sword.”

I have added both Anund and Amund to the BabyNames.com database.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Somer v. Summer
Hi Jennifer,

I’m a big fan of your site! I always check it for celebrity baby gossip and to make a list of my own future baby names. My husband and I just found out that we’re expecting and are overjoyed! We have already picked out a boy name, but we’re struggling with a girl name.

We are very much into names with meaning and wanted something that represented when/where we fell in love (which was in England). We were in Bath, Somerset during this time and we really like the name Somer for a girl. My husband wants to spell it like the season, Summer. I am torn because I always remember you saying stick to “normal” spellings; however, spelling her name Summer, not Somer would completely change the origin of her namesake. What do you think? Is it okay to do a unique spelling in this case or should I concede?

Thanks for your help!

~Shea

Dear Shea,

I would use the full name Somerset and call her Somer for short.  Most people know that Somerset is pronounced like “Summer Set.”  Hope this helps and congratulations!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

First and Middle: Same Meaning
Hello,
I have always liked the name Joshua for a son. In my family, we have a tradition of using the middle name Salvatore. My dilemma is Joshua means “God is salvation” and Salvatore means “savior.” Would it be silly to use this combination?
Sincerely,
Jarrett A.
Hi Jarrett,
I think using Joshua and Salvatore together is perfectly fine.  Not many people know the meaning of a name when they meet a person so it won’t be shocking or silly.
Sincerely,
Jennifer
Daughter’s Name Like Mom

Jennifer,
 
Me and my husband are expecting twins this July and we do not know the sex of the babies. For boys we like Liam and Jackson. For girls we like Chloe and Mckenley (Kenley for short). My name starts with Mck and I thought it would be neat if I carried on the tradition. Do you think that if we have both girls that Chloe would feel left out?
 
Mckenzie

Dear Mckenzie,

I do think that Mckenley and Mckenzie are too similar, whether you are having twins or not.  I’m not a big fan of naming after parents for two reasons: 1. the child should have his or her unique identity in the household and 2. sheer confusion. 

I do love that you are thinking of completely unique names for the twins – they will have to share everything in life from their birthday to clothes to looks. My stance is that twins should have their own unique names!

Go back to “name storming” and let me know what you come up with!

Sincerely,

Jennifer

 

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