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

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 ]
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 ]
Liam or Asher?
Hi Jennifer, Which name do you prefer, Liam or Asher with the last name Bowman? Sincerely, Ashley   Dear Ashley, If you say both names out loud, Asher Bowman sounds better than Liam Bowman. With Liam, the ‘M’ in both the first and last name makes it a little clunky.  [ More ]
How to Ask Jennifer
I receive hundreds of emails a month asking for name advice. I do love researching names!  However there is a right and a wrong way to ask. So I thought this was worthy of a post: 1. If asking about the meaning of a unique name, first look up alternate spellings of the name in question. [ More ]
Meaning of the name Chainie
Hi Jennifer, My husband’s cousin’s name is ‘Chainie’. I have never heard of this name before until I met her. As far as I know this is not a nickname and is her actual first name. I could not find it on your website so I was wondering if you could shed some light on her name’s origin and/or meaning. [ More ]
From Grandma
Dear Jennifer, I am a 66 year old grandma.  I have two grandchildren right now, however, my youngest son just got married. Your website provides not only information and fun facts to the expectant parents, but a wonderful resource for me.   [ More ]