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

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]
Nadia+Aria = Nadaria
Hi Jennifer,
I was messing around with names recently and came up with Nadaria, a mix of Nadia and Aria. I was thinking it could mean hopeful melody and am now thinking about using it for my first daughter. What do you think? [More]
VIDEO: Name Sniping
Hello!  I’ve decided to answer some of our reader questions on video! Today’s topic is baby name sniping: when you’ve planned to use a baby name and someone close to you decides to use it first! This is particularly frustrating if you’ve chosen a unique name.  [More]
Perception of the name India
Hi Jennifer, I’m wondering about your thoughts on the name India. When choosing a name for me twenty-two years ago, my parents considered both India and Hilary, however, they went with the latter because they were too nervous to give me such an exotic name. [More]
Gloriette
Dear Jennifer, My grandmother’s first name was Gloriette, pronounced glory-et. I’ve tried looking up this name before with no luck. Does the name come from somewhere? People used the nickname Glo for her a lot. That side of the family also has a strong French Canadian background. [More]
The name Chapin
Dear Jennifer, I recently watched a movie called “Triple Dog” and the main character was a girl named Chapin. I noticed you didn’t have it on the website and I would really like to know what it means. Thanks, Anna Dear Anna, That’s a great question!  [More]