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

Variations of Marcel
Hello, My name is Marcelina,but I didn’t see it on your website. I think my name means warrior. Please research and put it on your site. Thank you.
Marcelina M. Hi Marcelina, Names are like words-they have origins and roots. Many names are derivatives of other names. [ More ]
Feedback on Dexter
Hi Jennifer, I was just browsing through your Q&A and came across the question about the name Dexter being too reminiscent of the serial killer from the TV show. You advise against using the name because it has “bad associations” right now. [ More ]
Isla v. Brady for a Girl
Hi Jennifer, I have two daughters, Marley Abigail and Libby Evelyn. My husband and I are currently trying for baby #3 and the great name debate has started again! We have always received great compliments on our daughter’s names; trendy and uncommon without being too weird with classic, old fashioned middle names. [ More ]
Elijah too Popular?
Dear Jennifer,   I have always been fascinated by name meanings, and have enjoyed using your site since my early teen years. Back then my favorite name was Aiden, but around 2008 the Aiden-craze hit and I quickly changed my favorite boy name to Elijah.   [ More ]
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. [ More ]
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. [ More ]
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. [ More ]
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.  [ More ]