Name advice from Jennifer Moss, founder & CEO of BabyNames.com
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I recently lost my great-grandmother over the holiday season. A woman I loved very much and am honoured to be named after. However, since her passing I’ve been doing an abundance of family research. She had thirteen bothers and sisters! Ten of which survived into adulthood.
Any who, my question is, during my search I found that one of her brothers who did not survive childhood was named “Manoch”. I’ve attempted to search the origins and meaning of this name but have been unsuccessful. I’m not even sure how to pronounce his name. I do know that my family is of Irish and Canadian decent if that helps at all. Thank-you so much for any potential help you could give me. I’ve been dedicated to looking at your site for years, as names and history are a passion of mine.
The only background I can find on the name Manoch is an English/Flemish surname based on the name Mann (meaning man) and the suffix OCH, a short form of the pre-5th century word cocc, which meant “son of.” My source:The Surname Database
I also found that it is a fairly popular Thai name.
Hope that helps!
NOTE FROM AUTHOR: When you ask for a meaning of a family name, it would be helpful if you could give me an ethnic origin of your family and approximate year the name was given.
I was wonder what you think of the name Skyley for a girl? It’s going to pronounce like skylee it just the spelling is different.
First, my name is Jennifer. And I’m not just correcting you, I’m making a point about diminutive names. I, personally, don’t believe you should give diminutive names as formal names for a child. I define diminutive names as those that end in “ie” or “ee” for girls or “y” for boys, or names that started out traditionally as nick names.
I believe the child should have a choice in what nickname they choose. So give them a choice of a formal name, i.e. Skylar, and then call her Skylee if you so choose during her childhood.
I used the nickname “Jenny” up and until I was about ten. I love the formal name Jennifer and it was more appropriate as I grew up and became a business owner.
I was wondering what you thought of the name Adderley for a girl, nicknamed Addy. It’s the name of a street in my hometown.
I like it, and the fact that you associate it with a good memory. I often advise people to look into their own personal histories for unique baby names. Street names, towns you visited or with which you have a particularly positive association are good sources for names. Congrats!
My question is: Do you know the meaning of Evuska? I was told it is basically my own name (Evelyn) in Slovak. Could you in some way verify this for me? Thank you so very much.
My Comment is: You advised a writer to you not to name her child Cherry. Respectfully, one of my sorority sisters is a Cherry and no one ever teased her about it as I was teased with Evelyn (Elephant and Eveleven). My mother had wanted to name for my father Stephan with Stephanie, but her mother talked her out of it because she thought I would be called Fanny and she totally disapproved with that name! But Stevie would have been much better in my own opinion. So, this is to say it is all in how we look at a name as to how it appears as “good” or bad”, at least in my own experience. That said, I love reading your opinions and suggestions. Heck I love the entire site you have made for all of us searching names! Thank you so much for all you do for the rest of us.
Evelyn, call me Ev but NEVER Eve!!
Dear Evelyn (Not Eve!),
Thank you for your feedback regarding the name Cherry. You are right in that any name can be teased, if someone is determined to tease! However, we wouldn’t want to start our children off with any kind of disadvantage regarding their names, and I believe Cherry would be a disadvantage in this day and age.
As for the name Evuska: It is a Slavic form of the name Eve, most likely from the region of Czechoslovakia.
We are having a baby girl soon and have not picked a name. I just read the ya-ya sisterhood and fell in love with Siddalee.
I can not find its meaning anywhere. Did the author make it up? Do you think having such a different name would be a burden on her?
We’ve had that question before, believe it or not! At the time, I wrote the author’s representative to get the answer. She responded by saying that Rebecca Wells created the name Siddalee for the book.
I was wondering if you know the meaning of the name Bellamy? I noticed the name after actress Bellamy Young appeared on the TV show Scandal and I couldn’t find a meaning anywhere. Also, I really love the name and I love The French language, so what do you think of twist on the spelling, such as Belleamie?
The name Bellamy was originally an English surname, which–as you guessed–has French/Norman roots. It means “Good Friend” from the French/Latin terms “Belle” (good) and “Ami” (friend).
If I were you I would stick with the traditional spelling, Bellamy. I’m sure as a person who has had an alternate spelling of a traditional name, you have always had to spell your name for people, right? Has your name been a burden on you because of that? It is a great name, by the way, and we’ve added the name (and the alternate spelling) to our database.
I am a writer, and I recently came across a screenwriter by the name of Amzie Strickland. I thought the name was interesting, and I have found several historical people called Amzie – but Amzie is not in your database. What does Amzie mean, and is it even a real name?
Amzie is a feminine derivative of the Hebrew name, Amaziah, which means “strength.” I have added it to the BabyNames.com database.
My quandry is I love the name Rhys, and I wanted to know if you or anyone else thought if this name could be unisex…i am only going to be able to have one more baby, (health and promise to hubby ) and I love this name but if we have a girl I dont want to scar her for life if this is more a boys name vs a unisex name.
I know several girls named Reese, and they are not scarred for life. It is perfectly acceptable to give a girl a name that has been traditionally male, and Reese is one of those names that has already crossed the gender charts. Look at Reese Witherspoon! I don’t see it being any different with the traditional English spelling: Rhys.