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Baby name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder & CEO of

Embedding Dad’s Name
Hi Jennifer, I’ve been a long time lurker on, even before I was married or expecting. Now I’m pregnant with my first child and would appreciate your help; I love the name Declan and the meaning ‘full of goodness.’ My husband’s name is Clay and I was trying to make the baby’s name more meaningful by adding a ‘Y’ to produce the title “Declayn.” My husband thinks that everyone will mispronounce the name and it will cause confusion. [ More ]
Creating a New Name
Hi Jennifer, Well, I like the name Tavia, but I don’t want to name one of my kids after someone I know who’s name is Tavia. So I added a suffix, “anna”. I looked on your site, and “Tavia” was listed as an abbreviation of “Octavia”, meaning eight, and “anna” was listed as “gracious, merciful”. [ More ]
From Time to Time
Hi Jennifer! I’m a fellow name enthusiast. I recently watched From Time to Time (2009). It’s based on a children’s book series from the 1950s. It was a charming little movie. I recommend it! Great cast. Two characters had names that sent me straight to your site for answers, but none were to be found! [ More ]
Too many -sons?
Hi Jennifer- We’re expecting our third child this fall. We already have 2 girls and this will be our first boy. And “boy” are we having a hard time….see what I did there? Anyway, our last name ends in “son” and it seems most of the names we like also end in “son”. [ More ]
About Bethel
Hi Jennifer, First of all, thanks for all the questions you answer! I really appreciate them! I was looking for the name Bethel and didn’t see it in your database. Some websites seem to say it’s for a girl, and some for a boy. [ More ]
Crossed Swords
Dear Jennifer, We are expecting our third child next month. We have two boys, Paxton and Zephan. We love unique names and it’s important that they end in “n.” For a boy we love Quillan, which means cub. But the spelling Quillon (not listed on your site) can mean crossing swords or strong. [ More ]
Created name: Nicora
Dear Jennifer, I just came across the baby name Nicora, and thought it was very unique but not too outlandish for a baby girl (albeit a bit more exotic than other daughters names’, Claire and Morgan). The name is not in your database.  [ More ]
Initials may be teasable?
Hi Jennifer, My husband and I are trying to agree on a girl name. I like the name Leah, but my husband pointed out that with our last name her initials would be L.D. (without her middle initial). He thinks that she’ll get teased because LD is also short for learning disability. [ More ]
For the love of Beatrice
Jennifer, My fiancee and I are already considering names for when we decide to start a family. We both love Beatrice (especially me due to the name’s wonderful association with Dante’s poetry), however, my last name starts with an S and our fear is that Beatrice S**** will be too cumbersome to pronounce because the two S-sounds will run together. [ More ]
Hail to the Elf Armies!
Hi Jennifer, I was wondering what the name Alpherie meant. It was my grandfather’s name, and it’s not on your site. Do you know anything about it?   Sincerely, Jean Dear Jean, As far as I can tell from my research, Alpherie is a French derivative of the German name ALFHER or more modern name OLIVER. [ More ]