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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
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
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
New Names: Nathana and Veina?
Hello Jennifer, I’ve come up with two new unique girl names. The names are Veina and Nathana. I think I came up with Veina because I was thinking about the name Reigna which is beautiful as well. Nathana is derived from Nathan but has a feminine side to it. 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